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CHICAGO, Ill. — Born and raised in Chicago, Chance the Rapper has made a huge investment in the children of his hometown.

He announced Monday that he is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools to support arts and enrichment programming.

“I wanted to make this donation to the Chicago Public Schools Foundation to help cultivate Chicago creative minds,” he said at a news conference. “I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences that include the arts.”

The million dollar gift comes just three days after three-time Grammy winner and product of CPS left a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. Chance met with the governor to to discuss school funding and was not thrilled with what he heard.

“The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting and called me over the weekend. Our talks were unsuccessful,” Chance said.

The one million dollars is not meant to cure the $215 million CPS funding shortfall, but to call attention to the political feud in Springfield and how it affects communities.

Chance said his $1 million check is a “call to action” for businesses in Chicago and across the country to also donate to Chicago Public Schools. To donate or learn more about Chance’s fundraising efforts, you can go to