Chance the Rapper Has A Question for Chicago Officials

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On Wednesday, Chance the Rapper attended a Chicago City Council meeting in regards to a proposal suggesting the city build a $95 million police academy in Garfield Park.

Billboard reports that the “No Problems” musician and activist strongly opposed the plan, and questioned how his behavior may have led to Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaving the chambers.

“I guess the mayor had to step out when I came up. But it’s cool. It’s cool. It’s cool because I’m here to talk to you,” he said addressing the council.

Chance then went on to address a few of the city’s issues, namely those regarding its education.

“I’ve been asking for money for over a year now to fund these classrooms and, on the 4th of July weekend, they announced in like a cool financing way that … they’re proposing to build a $95 million cop academy,” the 24-year-old explained to the government officials. “{Orr Academy high] school, with just $100,000 in three years, is about to make some transformative changes,” he said. “It would be awesome, though, if we could get them pools at their school, or a new library, or a museum, or any of the things that are proposed in the budget for this $95 million cop academy.”

Lil Chano from 79th wasn’t shy about not understanding how the proposed plan would help the city’s already solid problem regarding education.

“Financially, this proposed plan doesn’t make sense. We don’t have $95 million,” he continued. “They’re just asking for $10 million today to purchase the land. But we don’t have the rest of the money to do it so, why let them go ahead with this right now? There’s a lot of different services that need to be funded.”

Earlier this year, Chance made headlines when he donated $1 million to CPS just days after meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to talk about funding options.

Needless to say he wasn’t impressed then and he certainly isn’t impressed now.

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