With leisure marijuana gross sales in Illinois set to grow to be authorized on Jan. 1., the town of Evanston plans to make use of gross sales tax income from purchases to assist fund a reparations program.
This system will concentrate on serving to the town’s black group thrive by preventing the results of slavery and discrimination whereas additionally offering job coaching and different advantages, mentioned fifth Ward Ald. Robin Rue Simmons.
Though leisure marijuana turns into authorized statewide on Jan. 1, it stays unclear when precisely the tax will begin being collected. In distinction to Evanston, a number of different Chicago suburbs have chosen to opt out of recreational marijuana sales.
Ald. Simmons mentioned the town’s fund will assist deal with its wealth hole between black and white residents which she estimated at $46,000 per yr. A median of $500,000 to $700,000 may very well be generated yearly, and the fund will likely be capped at $10 million.
Rev. Michael Nabors, the Evanston NAACP president, mentioned he was happy with the reparations fund’s approval, and hoped the cash will go towards enhancing housing, training and employment for the town’s black group.
“Our kids and our younger people who find themselves African American can actually study excessive tech, excessive wage, excessive ability jobs that is going to end in them having the ability to handle themselves,” he mentioned.
Ald. Simmons mentioned a number of different cities have inquired about Evanston’s reparations program.
“It will assist enhance the black life expertise, the black group, the traditionally black neighborhood, and finally that may assist strengthen our whole group,” she mentioned.
A city corridor will happen on Dec. 11 for these hoping to study extra details about the small print of this system.