Chance the Rapper met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday to discuss local education issues and his concerns over recent cuts to public school funding.
One of those items on his agenda was to have a summit with Governor Bruce Rauner to talk about a myriad of things that would help fight against dwindling resources, closed down shelters and more that have hindered the Second City from shining. The lil' Grammy Award victor from the 79th centered his conversation around the $215 million that had been earmarked for the Chicago Public Schools.
The West Chatham native and three-time Grammy victor left the Thompson Center saying he felt "flustered" Friday, after a 30-minute conversation with the governor that centered on funding for the Chicago Public Schools.
When the Senate resumes session on Tuesday, it will likely resume negotiations over funding schools across the entire state, including the Chicago Public Schools.
Chance officially ascended into the pop culture stratosphere with last year's release of his third album, "Coloring Book", which won three Grammys- and prompted Rauner to send out a congratulatory tweet.
However, the 23-year-old, real name Chancelor Bennett, emerged from the 40-minute meeting visibly agitated.
Chance asked for the meeting during a Twitter exchange with Rauner, which began when the governor congratulated the rapper on his Grammy wins last month. "I'm here because I just want people to do their jobs".
"I felt it went a little bit different than it should have", Chance the Rapper said as he was leaving the meeting. "We may not agree on everything, that's OK".
For his part, Chance said that he was just glad "the kids are on the table" with respect to the discussion of the school district's budget crisis.
He indicated later on Twitter that he'd have a plan, writing: 'The fight has just begun'.
Chicago Public Schools upped the stakes of the lawsuit Monday when it warned that the school year could end June 1 - almost three weeks early - and summer school programs could be cut without a preliminary ruling in the school board's favor from Judge Franklin Ulyses Valderrama.
Chance told reporters he instructed Rauner to "do his job", and said he ended the meeting by giving the governor his personal phone number. Please don't let that become the narrative.
"I'm meeting privately with the governor Wednesday", the Windy City native tweeted Monday. His father, Ken Bennett, served as a deputy assistant to former President Barack Obama and has worked for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration.
"Looking forward to hearing your ideas, too", the Republican governor responded Monday afternoon.