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Welfare Boost in Illinois

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Illinois officials Friday announced an increase in benefits for households in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Patricia Munoz manages community resource centers in northern Cook County. She says the funding boost will mean about $30-40 extra per month for families.

MUNOZ: It gives them a little bit more money for the other things that maybe the food stamps that they receive will not cover. Like toiletries, like one mother said she’s going to use it for fees for her children’s school, because now they’re in high school.

The increase will kick-in next month. More than 26,000 familes in Illinois are in the welfare program.

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