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Chance the Rapper blasts Illinois governor following meeting over Chicago school funding

"Take our kids off the table"

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    This morning, Chance the Rapper met with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner to discuss the funding of Chicago Public Schools. A product of CPS himself, the Chicago rapper sought answers regarding the governor’s recent decision to veto $215 million in funding for the city’s school system. He didn’t seem to like what he heard.

    Chance appeared visibly frustrated while speaking with reporters following the 30-minute meeting. He said the governor was “vague” with his answers, adding, “He asked me where I thought the $215 million was supposed to come from.” Asked if he had a message for the governor, Chance responded, “Take our kids off the table.”

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    In December, Rauner vetoed the funding bill for failing to address broader pension reforms as he had demanded, according to Chicago Tribune. Due to the budget shortfall, CPS was forced to freeze $46 million in discretionary money earmarked for new textbooks, technology, field trips, and non-salary staff. Yet even after these cuts, CPS may still be forced to end school several weeks earlier than planned.

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