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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

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

Food Stamp System Restored After Saturday Shutdown

Purchases can again be made with food stamp bankcards, following a service outage that affected 17 states, including Illinois, state officials said.

10/12/2013

Lashia Brown (Chicago Police Dept.)

Safe Passage Worker Hit Woman, Stole Benefits Card: Authorities

Lashia Brown, 22, has been charged with misdemeanor battery and felony ID theft.

09/19/2013

Thousands of people whose homes or businesses were damaged by flooding in April and May line up in the Roseland neighborhood to apply for state aid on June 21, 2013, the deadline to apply for flood relief funds. (Credit: CBS)

Thousands Line Up To Meet Deadline For State Flood Assistance

On Friday, thousands of Chicago area residents were lining up at social service centers, waiting for a chance to get help from the state to pay for flood relief from the April and May storms.

06/21/2013

Fall Farmers Market

Illinois Encouraging Use Of LINK Cards At Farmers Markets

The State of Illinois is hoping to prompt a new type of customer to visit farmers markets for fresh produce – those on food stamps.

06/08/2013

Cook County sheriff's police conduct a raid on grocery store operators recently. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Benefits Fraud Runs Rampant

Local convenience store operators are getting their hands on food-stamp benefits and profiting without selling any food, 2 Investigator Dave Savini reports.

10/17/2011

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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