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Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 29 - Concerning use of WIC vouchers
Summary:Would require the Department of Human Services to adopt a rule that expressly permits all WIC participants, regardless of their postal zip code, to redeem their WIC food vouchers at any grocery or retail food establishment authorized to accept WIC food vouchers or at any WIC Food Center.
Sponsor(s):Representative Mary E. Flowers (D)
Status:
As of 4/25/2013: April 16, 2013: Failed to pass third reading
As of 3/22/2013: Fiscal note filed
As of 3/15/2013: Passed by Committee, placed on calendar for second reading
As of 1/31/2013: Referred to Committee on Human Services, hearing scheduled for February 6, 2013
As of 1/11/2013: Prefiled, first reading, referred to Committee on Rules

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 133 - Inclusion of photo id on SNAP EBT cards
Summary:Provides that electronic benefits transfer cards used to obtain food stamp benefits or cash shall contain the name and photo of the primary cardholder and that an individual may only use the EBT card if the photo on the card matches the user or he or she presents a current and valid photo identification that confirms he or she is a secondary user listed on the card.
Sponsor(s):Representative John D. Cavaletto (R)
Status:
As of 3/25/2013: Re-referred to Committee on Rules
As of 1/31/2013: Referred to Committee on Human Services, hearing scheduled for February 6, 2013
As of 1/15/2013: Introduced, first reading, referred to Committee on Rules

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 134 - Drug test for SNAP applicants
Summary:Would require a drug test to screen each individual who applies for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and that subject to federal approval, the Department shall require a drug test to screen each individual who applies for benefits under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Sponsor(s):Representative John D. Cavaletto (R)
Status:
As of 3/25/2013: Re-referred to Committee on Rules
As of 1/31/2013: Referred to Committee on Human Services, hearing scheduled for February 6, 2013
As of 1/15/2013: Introduced, first reading, referred to Committee on Rules

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 141 - Concerning eligibility for state aid
Summary:Persons would not be determined ineligible for cash assistance provided under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program based upon a conviction for any drug-related felony under State or federal law.
Sponsor(s):Representative Mary E. Flowers (D)
Status:
As of 3/11/2013: Third reading
As of 3/11/2013: Second reading, standard debate
As of 2/22/2013: Passed by Committee, place on calendar for second reading
As of 1/31/2013: Referred to Committee on Human Services, hearing scheduled for February 6, 2013
As of 1/15/2013: Introduced, first reading, referred to Committee on Rules

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 177 - Restrict SNAP purchases
Summary:Would seek a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture to allow the State to specify certain foods that may and may not be purchased in Illinois with the benefits funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly the FoodStamps Program).
Sponsor(s):Representative Bill Mitchell (R)
Status:
As of 3/25/2013: Re-referred to Committee on Rules
As of 2/6/2013: Referred to Committee on Human Services
As of 1/22/2013: Introduced

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL SB 1531 - Photo id on LINK benefits cards
Summary:Would request a waiver from the USDA to allow the State to include on the face of every LINK card issued to a recipient of SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) or cash assistance.
Sponsor(s):Senator Chapin Rose (R)
Status:
As of 3/25/2013: Re-referred to Committee on Assignments
As of 3/7/2013: Postponed
As of 3/5/2013: Referred to Committee on Human Services
As of 2/14/2013: First reading, referred to Committee on Assignments

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL SB 1695 - Photo id on LINK benefits cards
Summary:Would require a photo to appear on the LINK benefits card of the recipient.
Sponsor(s):Senator William McCann (R)
Status:
As of 4/25/2013: April 19, 2013: Re-referred to Assignments
As of 3/25/2013: Committee deadline established for April 19, 2013
As of 3/7/2013: Postponed
As of 3/5/2013: Referred to Committee on Human Services
As of 2/18/2013: Introduced, first reading, referred to Committee on Assignments

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL SB 1742 - Restrictions on SNAP purchases
Summary:Would seek a waiver from the USDA to allow the State to specify certain foods that may and may not be purchased in Illinois with the benefits funded by the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, including a general ban on foods of minimal nutritional value such as carbonated soft drinks, snack cakes, candies, chewing gum, flavored ice bars, and fried, high-fat chips.
Sponsor(s):Senator Chapin Rose (R)
Status:
As of 3/25/2013: Re-referred to Committee on Assignments
As of 3/7/2013: Postponed
As of 3/5/2013: Referred to Committee on Human Services
As of 2/18/2013: Introduced, first reading, referred to Committee on Rules

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL SB 1719 - Concerning SNAP eligibility
Summary:Would request a waiver from the USDA to require drug screening, pursuit of employment, and photo identification before receipt of SNAP benefits.
Sponsor(s):Senator Kyle McCarter (R)
Status:
As of 4/25/2013: April 19, 2013: Re-referred to Assignments
As of 3/25/2013: Committee deadline established for April 19, 2013
As of 3/7/2013: Postponed
As of 3/5/2013: Referred to Committee on Human Services
As of 2/18/2013: Introduced, first reading, referred to Committee on Assignments

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 1235 - Identification with SNAP benefits
Summary:Would require photo identification on SNAP EBT cards, and require the issuance of caregiver identification cards for those tending to SNAP recipients that would also include a photo of the cardholder.
Sponsor(s):Representative Jim Sacia (R)
Status:
As of 3/25/2013: Re-referred to Committee on Rules
As of 2/14/2013: Referred to Committee on Human Services
As of 2/4/2013: First reading, referred to Committee on Rules

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 2407 - SNAP retailers
Summary:Would seek a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture to allow the State to require all retail food stores, as a condition of eligibility to accept and redeem SNAP benefits held on a LINK card, to offer for sale on a continual basis fresh, nutritious foods.
Sponsor(s):Representative Marcus C. Evans, Jr (D)
Status:
As of 3/25/2013: Re-referred to Committee on Rules
As of 2/27/2013: Referred to Committee on Human Services
As of 2/22/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Rules

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 2758 - Concerning income eligibility for free/reduced meals
Summary:Would require the State Board of Education to perform an income eligibility review on a random 20% of all applications for participation in the school breakfast program, the school lunch program, the free breakfast program, the free lunch program, or the summer food service program.
Sponsor(s):Representative John M. Cabello (R)
Status:
As of 5/2/2013: Bill tabled, ie is dead
As of 3/25/2013: Re-referred to Committee on Rules
As of 3/22/2013: Bill tabled
As of 3/6/2013: Referred to Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education
As of 2/26/2013: First reading, referred to Committee on Rules

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HR 280 - Protect funding for food assistance programs
Summary:Would urge Congress to develop the 2013 Farm Bill with a strong Title IV that protects and strengthens federal food and nutrition programs.
Sponsor(s):Representative Elizabeth Hernandez (D)
Status:
As of 5/30/2013: Resolution adopted
As of 5/22/2013: Placed on calendar order of resolutions
As of 5/21/2013: Passed by Committee
As of 5/8/2013: Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Conservation
As of 5/1/2013: Referred to Committee on Rules
As of 4/30/2013: Filed

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HR 419 - Infant nutrition outreach
Summary:Would urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support infant nutrition outreach initiatives.
Sponsor(s):Representative Rita Mayfield (D)
Status:
As of 5/31/2013: Referred to Committee on Rules
As of 5/30/2013: Filed with clerk

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL SR 257 - Protect funding for food and nutrition programs
Summary:Would urge Congress to develop the 2013 Farm Bill with a strong Title IV that protects and strengthens federal food and nutrition programs.
Sponsor(s):Senator Michael W. Frerichs (D)
Status:
As of 5/31/2013: Adopted

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL SR 288 - Protect funding for food assistance programs
Summary:Would urge Congress to develop the 2013 Farm Bill with a strong Title IV that protects and strengthens federal food and nutrition programs.
Sponsor(s):Senator Don Harmon (D)
Status:
As of 5/8/2013: Filed with Secretary, referred to Committee on Assignments

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL SR 415 - Nutrition standards for SNAP
Summary:Would urge the United States Congress to review the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and to improve the nutritional quality standards of the program by eliminating those food and beverage products that have minimal nutritional value as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service.
Sponsor(s):Senator Kyle McCarter (R)
Status:
As of 7/9/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Assignments

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 5297 - Amend IL Public Aid Code to restrict certain food purchased with SNAP benefits
Summary:Would amend the Illinois Public Aid Code in an effort to control the epidemic of childhood obesity. The Secretary of Human Services would seek a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture to allow the State to specify certain foods that may and may not be purchased in Illinois with the benefits funded by SNAP. Would require the Secretary to consult with members of the General Assembly in developing the waiver and to obtain approval from the General Assembly before implementing the waiver.
Sponsor(s):Rep. Bill Mitchell (R)
Status:
As of 2/16/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 5626 - SNAP waiver requested to specify certain ineligible foods
Summary:Would amend the Illinois Public Aid Code to provide that the Secretary of Human Services seek a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture to allow the State to specify certain foods that may and may not be purchased in Illinois with the benefits funded by the federal SNAP. This amendment would include a general ban on the use of SNAP benefits to purchase foods of minimal nutritional value such as carbonated soft drinks, snack cakes, candies, chewing gum, flavored ice bars, and fried, high-fat
Sponsor(s):Representative John D. Cavaletto (R)
Status:
As of 2/24/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 5682 - Making it a Class C misdeameanor to commit SNAP/TANF fraud
Summary:Would amend the Public Assistance Fraud Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code, making it a Class C misdemeanor for any person, (including an individual, firm, corporation, association, partnership, or joint venture, or any employee or agent of any of those) to assist another person in completing or submitting an application for benefits under the federal SNAP or the State's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in exchange for a portion of the applicant's SNAP or TANF benefits or cash fro
Sponsor(s):Representative Kay Hatcher (R)
Status:
As of 2/24/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HB 5843 - Increase SNAP benefit amount for fresh fruits and vegetables sold at farmer's markets
Summary:Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code to provide that recipients of benefits provided under the federal SNAP shall receive an extra $0.25 in benefits for every $1 spent on fruits and vegetables sold at a farmers' market. Would provide that this increase in benefits shall not exceed $25 per month and that the Department of Human Services will seek any necessary waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture in order to implement this provision.
Sponsor(s):Representative Michael W. Tryon (R)
Status:
As of 2/24/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:Illinois
Bill:IL HR 1093 - Help end hunger and poverty through existing government programs
Summary:Urges the Governor to design and execute a strategy to align the unique expertise and functions of 6 State entities - the Illinois Commission to End Hunger, the Illinois Commission on the Eradication of Poverty, the Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council, the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, the Illinois Task Force of Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise, and the Illinois Business Development Council - in an ongoing program to embolden and empower communities t
Sponsor(s):Rep. Robyn Gabel (D) (co-sponsors: Mary E. Flowers, Robert F. Martwick, Naomi D. Jakobsson)
Status:
As of 6/3/2014: Adopted May 29, 2014