States Ending Their Pandemic Emergency Declarations Surrender Extra Food Stamp Money

As states like Kansas and Oklahoma let their emergency declarations run out, they effectively take a pass on extra federal help with food stamps. Nearly one in five families struggled to afford food at the height of the pandemic. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allotments were maxed out to reduce food insecurity.  But with increasing vaccination rates […]

Ask The Newsroom: Electricity Moratorium, Non-Compliancy, Contact Tracing And More

The Illinois Newsroom team is answering questions from listeners to navigate this unprecedented time. Have a question you want answered? Ask here. Please note, the information is accurate as of Feb. 1, 2021. In today’s edition of “Ask the Newsroom,” we sought answers regarding… Electricity Nonpayment Q: Can my electricity be turned off due to nonpayment? […]

Ask The Newsroom: SNAP Benefits For July And Beyond

Each month throughout the pandemic, Illinois Newsroom has received questions from listeners about whether maximum SNAP benefits will be issued. To find out more about how the program works and what SNAP recipients in Illinois can expect going forward, Illinois Newsroom reporter Dana Cronin spoke with Leslie Cully, who oversees the SNAP program for the […]

Ask The Newsroom: Pools Reopening, June SNAP Benefits

The Illinois Newsroom team is answering questions from listeners to navigate this unprecedented time. Have a question you want answered? Ask here. In today’s edition of “Ask the Newsroom,” we’ve answered questions on pools reopening during Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, and SNAP benefits for the month of June. Please note, the information […]