Evanston’s City Council took a step Monday night that may be a first in the nation — funding a reparations program for its own African American residents.

November 28, 2019

 

Grateful and thankful today for Robin Rue Simmons 5th Ward Alderman’s vision, for all (but one--Ald. Tom Suffredin, 6th ward) City Council members passing the resolution on Monday, and Alderman Ann Rainey and Cicely L. Fleming, 9th Ward Alderwoman for serving on the Reparations Subcommittee.

 

Starting next year, all of Evanston’s tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales will go to a reparations fund until it reaches a $10 million cap.

 

My interview with Ald. Simmons will be posted next week.

 

Here's WBEZ's report.

 

All Evanston residents can also participate in reparations by giving to the brand new Reparations fund the City established a couple of weeks ago.

 

**Here's how**

 

Send your (tax-deductible) check to:

 

Lorraine Morton Civic Center
2100 Ridge Ave
Evanston IL 60201
Attn: Reparations Fund

 

Make your check payable to:

 

City of Evanston
Memo: Reparations Fund “Solutions Only”

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