By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — The first recipients of Evanston’s reparations program will be announced Thursday.

A total of 16 names will be selected and will be eligible for grants of up to $25,000.

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The funds are expected to be used for home ownership or home repairs.

In November 2019, the Evanston City Council approved a measure to direct the first $10 million in tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales to a reparations fund after recreational marijuana was legalized in Illinois effective Jan. 1, 2020.

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The program gives reparations to Black residents, or their descendants, who were victims of housing discrimination.

Across Evanston, there has been a push to right the wrong done by the city. Several decades ago, African Americans were redlined to a section of Evanston corresponding roughly to the present day 5th Ward, south of the North Shore Channel and primarily west of Green Bay Road and north of Church Street.

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The goal of the program is to address Evanston’s decline in Black residents and help African Americans thrive in Evanston, among other issues.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff