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.
Purchases can again be made with food stamp bankcards, following a service outage that affected 17 states, including Illinois, state officials said.
Lashia Brown, 22, has been charged with misdemeanor battery and felony ID theft.
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.
The State of Illinois is hoping to prompt a new type of customer to visit farmers markets for fresh produce – those on food stamps.
Local convenience store operators are getting their hands on food-stamp benefits and profiting without selling any food, 2 Investigator Dave Savini reports.
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.
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.