By Kelcie Willis
Cox Media Group National Content Desk
By Monday, Bennett announced donation plans in a live Periscope video from Westcott Elementary School in Chicago’s West Chatham neighborhood, where he grew up.
The Washington Post reported that the elementary school would be the first to receive a $10,000 check.
“The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting and since has called me over the weekend,” Bennett said in the Periscope broadcast. “Our talks were unsuccessful. Gov. Rauner still won’t commit to giving Chicago’s kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums.”
“While the Rauners are passionate donors to our schools, individual contributions will never be enough to address the financial challenges facing CPS,” Rauner spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said in a statement. “It would be helpful if CPS officials came to Springfield and joined in serious, good-faith discussions about the long-term stability of all of our schools.”
Bennett said that the donation is a “call to action” for companies corporations across the country “to donate and take action.”
The money for the donation will mostly come from ticket sales from his upcoming tour.