Grammy award winning artist Chance the Rapper is starting off 2017 on an amazing note. From his mixtape entitled Coloring Book debuting in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, to his sold out, star studded concert at the Chicago White Sox stadium, Chance the Rapper is cementing himself as one of the biggest Hip Hop acts in the world. But that’s not the only thing the critically acclaimed rapper is looking to do. After a disappointing meeting with Governor Bruce Rauner of his home state of Illinois, Lil’ Chano from 79th (Chance’s name on Twitter) decided to take action by donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools.
The Illinois governor is currently in a budget stalemate with Democrats, prioritizing politics over movement. Back in December of last year, Rauner vetoed a “plan to allot $215 million to Chicago Public Schools after he said Democratic leaders ‘publicly reneged’ on a pension reform measure to slash state employee retirement costs.” After hearing the disappointing news, Chance took action while stating that Governor Rauner broke his promise to Chicago children when he vetoed the plan. In the midst of negative public perceptions, Chicago was let down (again) by political bickering. So one of the Southside’s very own stepped up and made a difference. A difference that cannot be overlooked or over shadowed.
The 23-year-old musician is one of few Chicago celebrities who have donated to help improve the city of Chicago. Back in 2014, former NBA MVP and Chicago Bulls player number #1 draft pick Derrick Rose donated $1 million to After School Matters, a Chicago no-profit organization devoted to providing innovative out of school programs for teenagers. These two Chicagoans understand that a strong and educated community is the key to the success.
I would like to personally thank Chance the Rapper and I would encourage the Democrat and Republican Parties in Illinois to step up and get the budget straight before our future which is the youth suffers any more.
Chance is more than a ultralight beam of hope. He is truly one of the people of Chicago’s champs.
The people’s champ must be everything the people can’t be
Chance the Rapper – Blessings (Reprise)