Headline RoundupJune 18th, 2024

Chicago Mayor Creates Reparations Task Force

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Monday, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson signed an executive order to create a task force focused on reparations for Chicago's black residents.

Key Details: The order designates $500,000 in the city's fiscal budget for the issue. Recommendations will be made to remedy inequities in education, jobs, housing, and criminal justice, according to the order. Almost 30% of Chicago's residents are black, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Key Quote: “Today’s Executive Order is not just a public declaration; it is a pledge to shape the future of our city by confronting the legacy of inequity that has plagued Chicago for far too long,” Johnson said Monday.

For Context: Some cities have found reparations to be a difficult subject when they have tried to compensate black Americans who are descended from slaves. In 2021, the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, became the first place in the nation to pass a reparations program, allocating $400,000 toward housing grants of $25,000 each.

How the Media Covered It: Both ABC News (Lean Left bias) and the Daily Caller (Right) noted how conservative legal group Judicial Watch (Lean Right) challenged the Evanston program, calling it "unconstitutional in its use of 'race as an eligibility requirement for a reparations program'." A recent headline from CNN (Lean Left) said reparations "have become the latest target for conservative activists." Fox News (Right) detailed the task force while calling reparations a "thorny subject."

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