Last month, Chance The Rapper requested a meeting with Illinois governor, Bruce Rauner, to discuss a funding bill for Chicago’s Public Schools.
In December, Rauner vetoed a $215 million bill benefiting the city’s school system, claiming Democratic leaders backed out of a deal in favor of a comprehensive pension reform.
On Friday, Chance ― who previously expressed his frustrations with state and city’s dismal education and housing budgets ― had a private 30 minute meeting with Rauner at Chicago’s Thompson Center to help shift the governor’s decision.
But to the rapper’s dismay he was met with “vague answers” from the governor.
“I’m here ‘cause I just want people to do their jobs,” he told The Chicago Tribune after his meeting. “And I did speak with the governor. I asked him about funding CPS with that $215 million that was discussed in May of last year and was vetoed in December over, you know, political arguments and (stuff).”
Despite the outcome, Chance tweeted to his follows:
Chicago Public Schools and I did not lose today. Please don't let that become the narrative. Monday morning I'll have a plan.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 3, 2017
He also provided a few additional thoughts to reporters:
"Do your job…give a history of how we ended up here." pic.twitter.com/9RvBMqz5zQ
— #AllofUs (@TimeForAllofUs) March 3, 2017
Rauner went to share with the Chicago Sun-Times his thoughts on the pair using their influence for change moving forward.
“That powerful voice can be a voice for change,” he said. “If we stood together, Chance, I have some power, I have power in some ways, you have great power in other ways. If we stood together, worked together, I think we could get big things done.”