Report says Illinois ‘gerrymandering’ unemployment data to get around food stamp work rule


No child in the United States should go hungry. But it is a fact that food stamps and fraud go together, in different ways.


A loophole allows for able-bodied food stamp recipients without dependents to not work if they’re in an area with at least 10 percent unemployment. While Illinois’ unemployment rate is half that, Foundation for Government Accountability research director Nic Horton says the state uses mathematical gimmicks to qualify for that waiver.

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