Food Stamps

Debit cards replaced paper food stamp coupons in 2004. (Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Watchdog: 2 Million Illinois Residents On Food Stamps Is “Extremely Embarrassing”

The Illinois Policy Institute, which bills itself as an independent government watchdog, has said the state of Illinois should be ashamed by the latest figures regarding how many people rely on food stamps.

11 hours ago

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Food Stamp Outreach Boosting Illinois Medicaid Expansion

Although only a few hundred middle-class Illinois residents were able to sign up for health insurance last month on the crippled federal HealthCare.gov website, the poor appear to be having an easier time enrolling in an expansion of Medicaid — and are doing so by the thousands.

11/11/2013

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Cuts To Food Stamp Program To Hit 2 Million Illinois Residents

Though SNAP benefits for each family vary – based on a number of factors – families in Illinois will see a difference of $11 to $36 per month on their LINK card, the Illinois version of food stamps.

11/01/2013

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Credit: CBS)

Durbin, Schakowsky Vow To Fight Food Stamp Cuts

A pair of liberal lawmakers are pledging opposition to conservative plans for $40 billion in cuts to the food stamp program over the next ten years.

08/05/2013

Residents line up for state food assistance near 113th and Ellis.

Hundreds Of Flood Victims Line Up For Food Aid

Hundreds of people in flood-affected areas lined up outside a North Side state assistance agency on Wednesday to apply for food assistance.

06/19/2013

A fight erupted Tuesday at a food stamp office in East St. Louis. (Credit: YouTube)

Brawl Erupts At East St. Louis Food Stamp Office

A dispute over a spot in line at a food stamp office downstate escalated into a full-fledged brawl.

01/24/2013

Waukegan Grocery Owners Admit Food Stamp Fraud

The owners of a Waukegan grocery store have admitted to stealing nearly $850,000 from the federal food stamp program.

12/07/2012

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Opinion: Romney’s 47% Don’t Pay Taxes Remark Is 100% Controversy

Romney thought he was talking amongst his teammates in the locker room last May 17 only to find out that there was somebody on the other team hiding behind the lockers. Had he known a member of the other team was lurking back there, he would have chosen his words more carefully and had presented more carefully-chosen data than the data of which he swiftly generalized.

09/19/2012

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GOP Leadership Protects Their Budget While Cutting Ours

On Friday, June 8, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the Republican caucus perfectly summed up exactly how little regard they have for the American public. They talk about budget cuts. […]

06/13/2012

Wicker Park Farmers Market

LINK Card Use Up At Illinois Farmers’ Markets

Low-income shoppers are taking advantage of opportunities to buy healthy food, by using their LINK cards at farmers’ markets.

CBS Chicago–07/11/2011

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Waukegan Grocery Owners Accused Of Scamming Food Stamp Program

The owners of a Waukegan grocery store have been slapped with federal criminal charges, for allegedly defrauding federal food stamp and nutrition programs out of more than $500,000.

CBS Chicago–06/23/2011

Debit cards replaced paper food stamp coupons in 2004. (Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Food Stamp Surge In Illinois

Even as the economy grew and the unemployment rate began to shrink, the number of Illinois households getting food stamps hit record levels in December, showing no signs of an economic recovery, and area food pantries say they’ve continued to see more people asking for help.

01/15/2011