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Illinois Has More Food-Stamp Recipients Than Ever

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As economic conditions have gotten worse, the number of Illinois residents who receive food stamps has set another record.

More than 1.3 million people in Illinois relied on the federal food-stamp program last month to buy staples like eggs, milk and bread. That’s almost 6 percent more than a year earlier. More than half of the recipients live in Cook County.

The figures come from the Illinois Department of Human Services. Its spokesman is Tom Green.

GREEN: With prices increasing and the slow economy, many families are finding it harder to put food on the table.

A family of four qualifies for food stamps if its gross monthly income doesn’t exceed $2,297.

Food-stamp recipients are also setting records nationwide. The number in September was more than 31.5 million.

I’m Chip Mitchell, Chicago Public Radio.

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