Chance the Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools

Chance the Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools


Chance the Rapper (Chancelor Johnathan Bennett), fresh off of winning three Grammy Awards had a sit-down meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner about the $215 million budget deficit at Chicago Public Schools. After his meeting, Chance was not satisfied, saying, “The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting.” He went on to add a memorandum to the governor, “Do your job.”

If funding from the state does not come, Chicago Public Schools says they will have to close their doors 13 days early.

In lieu of the additional funding provided by the governor, Chance felt a duty to step up and help the children of Chicago, the place he was born and raised. Not only did he donate $1 million, he challenged other businesses to match his donations.

Joe’s Perspective: I admire anyone who puts their money where their mouth is, so to speak. Chance is sending a message to the state government and a message to corporate America – our kids are worth it.  Lots of people shake their heads and make snide comments. However, Chance said follow my lead and make a difference today. For that, I give Chance the Rapper and A+.

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