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Chance the Rapper blasts planned $95M police academy at City Council meeting

By James Neveau,

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is planning on building a new $95 million police training academy in the city’s Garfield Park neighborhood, but a prominent musician has added his voice to the wave of criticism against the decision.

That musician is Chicago-native Chance the Rapper, who addressed the issue at Thursday’s City Council meeting. Chance, who recently began a series of donations to Chicago Public Schools facilities to help fund music programs and other after-school activities, said that the money would be better used in other areas.

“There’s a lot of ways to transform the city that don’t have anything to do with police training,” Chance said. “We don’t have $95 million. They are just asking you 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?”


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