Paid Up: First U.S. City to Make Reparations 

Evanston, Illinois, was the first U.S. city to make reparations to its Black residents for its history of discrimination and racism, according to Black Enterprise reporting.

Evanston’s City Council voted 8-1 Monday to distribute $400,000 to eligible Black citizens. Households will receive $25,000 to use for home repairs or a down payment on a property. To be eligible, residents must have either lived in or be a direct descendant of a Black resident who lived in the city between 1919 and 1969 and who suffered discrimination in housing due to city ordinances, policies, or practices. 

The plan will be funded by a 3% tax on recreational marijuana and donations. 

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