State officials say food stamp benefits will be restored by this week for tens of thousands of Illinois households that lost them because of problems with a state computer system.

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President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for FY 2018 would cost Illinois more than $5 billion dollars in the next five years.

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Illinois has taken steps to prevent 260,000 people from losing government food assistance.  That gives the state a year to prepare these individuals for the job market.  Under federal law, poor people without kids or significant health problems are cut off from food stamps after 3 months.

The Department of Human Services is still attempting to collect money from overpayments made nearly 30 years ago from its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, more commonly known as food stamps.

Activists are pushing for tougher laws on child sexual abuse in the wake of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's hush-money case that revealed he abused several high school students decades ago.  

Illinois prosecutors say they've charged several family members of a former Illinois Department of Human Services caseworker who has pleaded not guilty to misappropriating more than $700,000.

Demand for food stamps has increased in Illinois and 10 other states despite a healthier economy and better jobs numbers. An Associated Press analysis finds it's an unforeseen consequence of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Pantries feel effects of food stamp reductions

Oct 28, 2013

Food pantries and homeless shelters say they're beginning to notice repercussions of a reduction in food stamps that will take effect this Friday.  A temporary hike in benefits that kicked in during the recession expires this week.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says President Obama is premature in threatening to veto the House’s version of the farm bill. The White House says $2 billion dollars in annual cuts to the food stamp program in the House’s plan goes too far, and will leave some Americans hungry.