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Chance the Rapper Starts Donate to Chicago Public Schools Challenge

Chance the Rapper donated $1 million of his personal money to the Chicago Public School Foundation, which he announced at a Monday afternoon news conference following a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner last week to discuss funding options, which he described as "vague" and "unsuccessful."

"Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positioning," Chance said at the press conference at Wescott Elementary school.

The rapper, whose real name is Chancellor Bennett, said he spoke to the governor several time over the weekend as well, equally unsuccessfully. A product of Chicago Public Schools himself, Chance returned to his hometown following his three-Grammy win to try to use the weight of his fame, as well as the funding from it, to help the cash-strapped public school system.

"As a CPS graduate, Chance has shown Chicago students not only the heights they can achieve but the generosity they can share. We also appreciate his strong advocacy for Chicago schoolchildren, who suffer under the state's racially discriminatory system of funding, which Gov. Rauner continues to perpetuate," said CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner in response to the donation.

Former first lady Michelle Obama also tweeted out her thanks and admiration.

Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education.

Chance also called upon private businesses and corporations to donate money to the school system, saying that for every $100,000 in donations he will donate an additional $10,000 to individual schools to further support arts education.

"The check that I donated is a call to action. I'm challenging major companies and corporations Chicago and across the U.S. to donate and take action," he said. Read more HERE.

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