Fifth Ward Alderman Robin Rue Simmons said April 23 she is looking forward to a June 5 date and a policy recommendation on how the City will fund those programs which qualify.

“I’m very committed to that date. My colleagues are very committed to that date, and we’re working behind the scenes, she said, speaking remotely at the regular Fifth Ward meeting because of social distancing constraints.

Ald. Simmons has been heading the City Council’s Reparations Subcommittee, which is working with residents, staff and experts to explore and identify programs and opportunities to be supported by a Reparations Funds established to address past racial injustices against the City’s African American community.

Officials are aiming to propose a Reparations Plan for the City Council in 2020.

Once a plan is approved by the Council, distribution from the Reparations Fund. will begin, possibly in 2021, the City has said on its website.

The subcommittee meetings had been cancelled in the City’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

More about the issue can be found at reparations.

Bob Seidenberg

Bob Seidenberg is an award-winning reporter covering issues in Evanston for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.