Chance The Rapper Discusses School Funding With Gov. Bruce Rauner

Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper watches the Chicago Bulls and the Phoenix Suns in Chicago on Feb. 24, 2017. The Grammy-winning artist met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday to discuss funding for Chicago Public Schools. Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press
Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper watches the Chicago Bulls and the Phoenix Suns in Chicago on Feb. 24, 2017. The Grammy-winning artist met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday to discuss funding for Chicago Public Schools. Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press

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.