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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Jun 27, 2016

Illinois Expands Reach Of Summer Meal Programs, But 686,000 Kids Still Missing Out

More low-income Illinois children are participating in summer meal programs, but there are still nearly 686,000 eligible kids missing out, a new report shows.

About 112,000 low-income Illinois children received summer meals on a daily basis last July, according to the report by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a national anti-hunger group.

That figure represents a 4.7 percent increase from July 2014, when about 107,000 low-income Illinois children accessed summer meal programs each day.

While advocates are pleased by the 4.7 percent increase, they point out that summer meals are reaching only one in seven low-income Illinois children who need them.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jun 8, 2016

National Anti-Poverty Group 'Alarmed' By Caseload Decline In Illinois' Welfare Program

Officials with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law are expressing concern over the declining caseload in Illinois' welfare program. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the issue.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Mar 27, 2013

A Closer Look At TANF's Impact On The Needy In Illinois

The federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, what most people know as welfare, is set to expire at the end of the month and will need to be renewed. In the meantime, some anti-poverty advocates and welfare experts have raised questions about what impact the program has had in reducing poverty in Illinois and across the country and what can be done to reform it. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the issue.

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by Matthew Blake
Wed Aug 8, 2012

Romney Mischaracterizes Welfare Waiver And Reform

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney claimed yesterday that a waiver issued by the Obama administration is a devastating blow to the 1996 bipartisan welfare reform act. Romney is wrong – about what the waiver says and how welfare reform policies are carried out in Illinois and across the country.