Ted was on Chicago Tonight this week debating the merits of the Trump Administration’s new work requirement rules for food stamps.
He argued that Illinois has lagged far behind the rest of the country in getting people off of food stamps (see chart below) and that the new rules provide a good opportunity to get able-bodied Illinoisans back into the workplace.
“This is about as good as it gets when it comes to the economy and unemployment, this is the moment to get people into the workforce and off food stamps. Because if not now, when?”
In fact, Illinois lags far behind its neighbors in getting people off food stamps. Illinois has 17 percent more people on food stamps today when compared to the Great Recession. In contrast, enrollment in neighboring states have declined – dramatically in Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky.