How is Evanston’s reparations program making a difference?
In 2021, city leaders in Evanston voted to use marijuana tax money for a reparations program intended to make amends for past racist housing practices. Evanston became the first U.S. city to use marijuana revenues to fund reparations for Black residents. We wanted to know how it's going and if there are plans for a statewide reparations plan.
Robin Rue Simmons
Former Alderwoman, Evanston; Founder, executive director, FirstRepair
Chair, Champaign-Urbana Reparations Coalition
Professor, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign