5:55 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Lawmaker Calls For Drug Test As Welfare Prerequisite

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  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.

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.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Does Welfare to Work, Work? Assistance to Needy Families Program was Slow to Respond to Recession

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When Illinois passed legislation in 1997 to help implement the federal overhaul of the welfare system, then-state Sen. Barack Obama voiced concerns about poor residents falling through the cracks.

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