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The Department of Human Services is one of Illinois' largest agencies, with more than 13,000 employees. IDHS provides residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who face challenges to self-sufficiency. IDHS sends news releases to The Lansing Journal, and we publish those that are informative for our readers.

Illinois’ SNAP benefits to return to pre-pandemic levels

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services CHICAGO, Ill. (January 19, 2022) – The Illinois Department of Human Services recently announced that per the federal USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will return to pre-pandemic levels beginning in March 2023. Benefits reduced SNAP emergency allotments...

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month – know the signs

Information provided by Illinois Department of Children & Family Services CHICAGO, Ill. (January 1, 2023) – January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is partnering with The Power Project to train group home and residential care facility staff across Illinois on...

Illinois requests more monkeypox vaccines from federal government

Information provided by the Governor's Office CHICAGO, Ill. (July 22, 2022) – Governor Pritzker called on Secretary Xavier Becerra, head of the US Department of Health and Human Services, to take more aggressive action to counter the monkeypox virus outbreak in the U.S. and further prioritize areas with the most...

Illinois announces 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline

American Rescue Plan funding will support efforts to address suicide and mental health crisis care in Illinois Information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services CHICAGO, Ill. (July 19, 2022) – Governor JB Pritzker announced last week that the Illinois Department of Human Services’ (IDHS) Division of Mental Health, in...

Sam’s Club and Meijer added to SNAP approved retailers list

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 14, 2022) – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved retailers Sam’s Club and Meijer Grocery for SNAP online purchasing. With these additions,...

Parent co-pays reduced to $1.25 for Illinois’ Child Care Assistance Program

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services CHICAGO, Ill. (December 30, 2020) – Following the recent launch of a new initiative to direct additional funds to support child care providers in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Governor JB Pritzker announced parents in the program will pay a...

IL surpasses 2010 Census response amid pandemic

State's Census response rate seventh nationwide Information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services CHICAGO, Ill. (December 18, 2020) – Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced the results of the 2020 Census in Illinois and celebrated the over 400 nonprofits and organizations that helped Illinois...

$4.5 million awarded for racial healing efforts across IL

IL Dept. of Human Services and The Chicago Community Trust partner to award funds to 179 nonprofit organizations Information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (December 19, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced the recipients of $4.5 million in funding for community-based activities...

IL partners with ALDI to aid SNAP recipients

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services CHICAGO, Ill. (December 14, 2020) – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services announced that Illinois residents have a new retail option for using Electronic Benefit Transfer and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT SNAP) online through Instacart. In...

Pritzker Administration announces commission to reduce poverty, inequality in IL

Commission aims to reduce and eliminate poverty in Illinois by 2036 Information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services CHICAGO, Ill. (December 7, 2020) – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) on Monday announced the Illinois Commission on Poverty Elimination and Economic Security. The commission...