(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois State Police and statewide law enforcement agencies continue their extra patrols through tomorrow, looking for those driving impaired by drugs and/or alcohol and those not buckled up. The State Troopers, Deputies, and Police Officers have a zero tolerance for those who are speeding, driving distracted, and not obeying the “rules of the road.” The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and the “Click It Or Ticket” initiatives will continue to be observed today through tomorrow and tomorrow night.
(SPRINGFIELD) New federal guidelines have been introduced to enforce work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps. The new rule changes the application process for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, from every two years to every year, and it narrows the unemployment benchmark for applicants. The change will basically close loopholes that states have been using to exempt large portions of healthy, younger food stamp recipients. The fifteen (15) states with the highest percentage of residents on food stamps range from 14 to 20 percent of the population, costing taxpayers more than $1.6 billion every year. The top three states with the highest dollar amounts are Florida, Georgia, and Illinois. The top three states with the largest percentage of those getting food stamps are New Mexico, Louisiana, and West Virginia. The lowest numbers came from Nevada.