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Chance the Rapper Fired Up After Getting 'Vague Answers' in Meeting With Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
Today (March 3), Chance the Rapper met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner primarily to discuss funding -- or lack thereof -- for Chicago Public Schools.
Originally scheduled for Wednesday (March 1), the meeting was rescheduled due to severe storms in southern Illinois. While Governor Rauner has yet to share any social media response to how the meeting went, Chance has since filled his feed with links to articles and videos that make clear he is disappointed -- though not dispirited. One video clip sees Chance call upon the media, specifically Billboard and Complex, "to give a comprehensive history of how we ended up here."
The meeting between Chance and Governor Rauner first materialized after the independent artist -- a vocal activist for several causes including voting, gun violence, education and more -- and Rauner communicated via Twitter. Following Chance's impressive night at the Grammys, in which he took home three awards including Best New Artist, Governor Rauner tweeted his praise, "Congrats to Chance The Rapper for making history as an independent artist and taking home 3 Grammys. IL is proud that you're one of our own."
Chano immediately replied, with a polite "thank you" and direct request for a meeting, to which Rauner agreed. As of last week, Chance has been live tweeting updates regarding the meeting, first by confirming it was happening: "I'm meeting privately with the governor Wednesday. The two of us will address funding education in Chicago. I'm eager to hear his ideas."
The meeting is only the first step Chance plans to take towards improving CPS funding, made apparent by this tweet, in which he says, "The fight has just begun."
The fight has just begun https://t.co/JsA7kfXDeS— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 3, 2017
Chicago Public Schools and I did not lose today. Please don't let that become the narrative. Monday morning I'll have a plan.— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 3, 2017
Billboard has reached out to Chance's team for comment.