Chance The Rapper To Meet Gov. Rauner On Friday To Talk CPS Funding

CHICAGO (CBS) — After their original plans to meet to discuss education funding fell through due to the tornadoes in central and southern Illinois, Chance the Rapper and Gov. Bruce Rauner have rescheduled and will now meet on Friday.

Chance first reached out to the governor last month, after Rauner congratulated the rapper for winning three Grammys.

Last week, the two announced they had agreed to meet on Wednesday to discuss education funding for Chicago Public Schools, but that meeting was postponed on Wednesday, hours after tornadoes ripped through central and southern Illinois, killing two people in Ottawa and a one person in Crossville.

Rauner spent the day Wednesday visiting tornado victims in Ottawa and Naplate in central Illinois, and on Thursday was surveying the damage in White County and Jackson County in far southern Illinois.

Thursday afternoon, Chance announced on Twitter the meeting with the governor has been reset for Friday.

“I’m more than appreciative of him taking time to discuss funding CPS,” he said on Twitter.

CPS has said it could end the school year as soon as June 1 if the state does not provide more funding.

The district also has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state, claiming the state’s education funding system discriminates against poor minority students who make up the majority of the CPS student body.

Chance, who grew up in the West Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, is a graduate of Jones College Prep High School, one of the city’s best schools.

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