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Chance The Rapper Discusses School Funding With Gov. Bruce Rauner

Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to press for immediate funding for cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, but said he left "flustered" over "vague answers."

Friday's unusual one-on-one meeting comes as the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers are locked in a two-year budget stalemate.

The meeting was set after the rapper — real name Chancelor Bennett — won three Grammys last month. Rauner tweeted congratulations, and Chance, who attended Chicago schools, asked for a sit-down.

Chance said they talked about $215 million in school pension help Rauner vetoed, saying "kids are on the table." He said he gave Rauner his cellphone number and would watch legislative efforts.

Rauner deemed it a "good exchange of views," noting the rapper's passion. Rauner has said the $215 million should've been tied to reforms.

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