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Evanston will use recreational marijuana sales tax proceeds to fund local reparations program

• By GENEVIEVE BOOKWALTER

Officials say the program will help the city's black population stay in Evanston while also providing training for jobs and other benefits.

"We can implement funding to directly invest in black Evanston," said Ald. Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, who proposed the reparations bill.

While Evanston officials have voted to permit, tax and appropriate money from recreational marijuana sales, many other suburbs have voted not to allow recreational marijuana dispensaries to open when the businesses become legal next year under state law.

Evanston leaders say they see the dispensaries as an opportunity to pay for a local reparations program that would address the lingering institutional effects of slavery and discrimination. The proposal passed 8-1, with Ald. Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, voting against it.


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