SNAP http://wuis.org en Lawmaker Calls For Drug Test As Welfare Prerequisite http://wuis.org/post/lawmaker-calls-drug-test-welfare-prerequisite <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Nearly three million Illinoisans receive benefits in the form of food stamps, welfare or medical help. But one lawmaker says too much of this assistance is being "drained" by drug users.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) is proposing changes to the way beneficiaries qualify for assistance. He wants to require drug testing when people sign up for welfare. The representative says the state pays money to people without assessing their ability to be productive.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:55:20 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17618 at http://wuis.org Lawmaker Calls For Drug Test As Welfare Prerequisite Durbin Pushing To Extend Unemployment Benefits http://wuis.org/post/durbin-pushing-extend-unemployment-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin continues to push for an extension of unemployment benefits. He says it’ll be the first priority when the U.S. Senate reconvenes next week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Durbin says 83,000 </span>Illinoisans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-30/news/chi-illinois-among-hardest-hit-as-extended-jobless-benefit-vanishes-20131230_1_benefits-program-additional-unemployment-benefits-emergency-program">lost unemployment benefits</a> on January first.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17280 at http://wuis.org Durbin Pushing To Extend Unemployment Benefits Families In Rural America Brace For Food Stamps Cuts http://wuis.org/post/families-rural-america-brace-food-stamps-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As farm bill negotiations continue in Washington, D.C., it’s fairly certain that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will be cut. &nbsp;One proposal would trim the food stamp program by $4 billion over the next decade; the other would cut roughly ten times that much.&nbsp;</span></p><p>That’s after the Obama Administration’s recession-era boost to SNAP expired November 1st, leaving the average family with about $30 less to spend each month.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Peter Gray 13695 at http://wuis.org Families In Rural America Brace For Food Stamps Cuts Food Stamp Cut "Will Affect Our Population Big Time" http://wuis.org/post/food-stamp-cut-will-affect-our-population-big-time <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Food pantries and homeless shelters say they're beginning to notice repercussions of a reduction in food stamps that will take effect Fri., Nov. 1. A temporary hike in benefits that kicked as a result of the recession expires this week.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Individuals enrolled in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could see their benefits cut by $11 a month. A family of four could see a decrease of $36.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:19:40 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11877 at http://wuis.org Food Stamp Cut "Will Affect Our Population Big Time" Farm Bill Expires; What's Next? http://wuis.org/post/farm-bill-expires-whats-next <p></p><p>The farm bill expired at midnight on Monday, leaving farmers and ranchers across the country guessing at what federal farm policy will look like when they next put their crops in the ground.</p><p>Of course, they&rsquo;re used to uncertainty, as this is the second straight year Congress has let the farm bill expire. Last year, farmers were set adrift for three months before <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1568/farmers-frustrated-farm-bill-extension/5">lawmakers passed a nine-month extension</a> of older policy in January.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 07:45:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 9980 at http://wuis.org Farm Bill Expires; What's Next? Taking The SNAP Challenge Is Not Easy http://wuis.org/post/taking-snap-challenge-not-easy <p>How well would you do living off $4.80 a day for food?&nbsp;</p><p>The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is often the way some families get food. The<strong> SNAP Challenge</strong> is designed to illustrate what it&#39;s like to live off the allotment given to those who receive what are commonly called food stamps.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:11:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 9840 at http://wuis.org Taking The SNAP Challenge Is Not Easy