After Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner congratulated Chance The Rapper on his Grammy night success, Lil Chano took the opportunity to ask Rauner for a meeting to discuss education funding. After the Governor agreed to the meeting, they set it up for Wednesday, but Mother Nature had other plans. A series of tornados devastated parts of southern and central Illinois, killing three people in their destructive paths. Needless to say, Rauner had his hands full with the natural disaster. Today it was announced that Chance and Rauner will meet tomorrow to have the discussion about Chicago Public School funding.
The conversation comes weeks after Chance The Rapper vocalized his feelings about the way Donald Trump has been portraying Chicago in his speeches during an interview alongside Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls. The interview took place during the NBA All-Star Weekend, and in response to a tweet from Trump about bringing feds into Chicago to handle things, Chance said “I hope he’s coming in to do some type of federal overturn of our state and city budgets in terms of schooling and housing, I’m tired of niggas talkin’ about Chicago like it’s a Third World country. Like, that it’s not a place of booming business with a very successful downtown and all types of new development. It sounds like he was announcin’ he was going to war with Chicago. I don’t like to look at shit through that lens.”
It looks like Chance The Rapper is doing what needs to be done, using what he has been blessed with as a tool to help in the areas he can help with. We’ll see if there are any updates about the discussion. Hopefully, it will open the doors for future talks and action.