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Chance the Rapper, Illinois governor discuss school funding

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/3/2017
Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper meets with reporters at the Thompson Center in Chicago after a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday, March 3, 2017. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) © The Associated Press Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper meets with reporters at the Thompson Center in Chicago after a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday, March 3, 2017. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to press for immediate funding for cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, but says he left "flustered" over "vague answers."

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner talks with reporters at the Thompson Center in Chicago, Friday, March 3, 2017, after his meeting with Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper. (AP Photo/Sophia Tareen) © The Associated Press Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner talks with reporters at the Thompson Center in Chicago, Friday, March 3, 2017, after his meeting with Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper. (AP Photo/Sophia Tareen)

Friday's unusual one-on-one meeting comes as the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers are locked in a two-year budget stalemate.

Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper walks out of the Thompson Center in Chicago after a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday, March 3, 2017. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) © The Associated Press Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper walks out of the Thompson Center in Chicago after a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday, March 3, 2017. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The meeting was set after the rapper — real name Chancelor Bennett — won three Grammys last month. Rauner tweeted congratulations, and Chance, who attended Chicago schools, asked for a sit-down.

Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper walks out of the Thompson Center in Chicago after a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday, March 3, 2017. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) © The Associated Press Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper walks out of the Thompson Center in Chicago after a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday, March 3, 2017. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chance says they talked about $215 million in school pension help Rauner vetoed, saying "kids are on the table." He says he gave Rauner his cellphone number and would watch legislative efforts.

Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper meets with reporters at the Thompson Center in Chicago after a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday, March 3, 2017. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) © The Associated Press Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper meets with reporters at the Thompson Center in Chicago after a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday, March 3, 2017. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Rauner deemed it a "good exchange of views," noting the rapper's passion. Rauner has said the $215 million should've been tied to reforms.

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