Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has agreed to apply for a renewal of a federal waiver that would protect food stamp eligibility for some 200,000 Illinoisans, according to reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.
The waiver would stop the federal government from imposing its three-month limit on food stamp, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), benefits for jobless, able-bodied adults without dependents.
That provision has been waived in most states in recent years due to high unemployment rates.
Illinois has had a statewide waiver since 2009, allowing eligible individuals to stay in the SNAP program if they are unable to find at least a part-time job or training program after three months of receiving benefits. Illinois' waiver is due to expire December 31.
The state will apply for a waiver renewal, sources tell the newspaper.
Human services advocates, who have pressed the governor to renew the waiver, are cheering the news.