food stamps 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 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"