The years 2010 through 2019 will go down in Illinois history as a decade of public policy failure and economic decline. High fixed costs for pensions and government worker health care have prevented the state from balancing its budget in any year since 2001. Since the Great Recession in 2008, the state’s fiscal imbalance has...View Report
Illinois has a higher percentage of its residents on food stamps than its neighboring states, and has seen a much slower decline in food stamp recipients following the recession.
Illinois is one of only eight states that do not enforce food-stamp work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents. But reinstating work requirements would benefit Illinois food-stamp enrollees as well as state and local economies.
More than 1 in 5 Illinois households rely on food stamps to make ends meet.
A new report from the Illinois Policy Institute details an insidious poverty trap created by the “welfare cliff.”
The state’s complex and duplicative social-welfare system is punishing many of those who seek to move up the ladder of economic opportunity.
Work should, in fact, pay.
There is clearly no lack of commitment aimed at supporting those in need here in Illinois. The question is how to do a better job of it.
A new study by the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., takes a state-by-state look at the value of the welfare benefits package. While no one in America receives welfare benefits from all 72 federal welfare benefits programs that provide direct cash or in-kind assistance, long-term welfare beneficiaries are more likely to receive benefits from multiple programs. Highlights...