[Ed. – The article doesn’t state whether an effort will be made to determine if the recipients of this government largess are descended from slaves.]
In the midst of recreational marijuana becoming legal in Illinois, on Jan. 1, lawmakers in the city of Evanston plan to use the revenues collected from sales to help fund a reparations program. The money will go toward job training and other benefits for Evanston’s black population, the Pioneer Press reported. “We can implement funding to directly invest in black Evanston,” said Ald. Robin Rue Simmons, who proposed the reparations bill.”
Aldermen approved the use of money from its cannabis retailers tax with an 8-1 vote. All revenue collected next year from the city’s 3% sales tax on cannabis will be placed in the new fund. City staff estimated that the town will collect at least $500,000 a year from the new tax, which can start to be applied to the fund in July 2020, according to interim City Manager Erika Storlie as reported on Patch.