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Split over plan to expand food stamp work requirements: 'A good thing' or 'a recipe for disaster'

Split over plan to expand food stamp work requirements: 'A good thing' or 'a recipe for disaster'

A plan to dramatically expand work requirements for recipients of food stamp benefits could put more than 500,000 adults in Illinois at risk of losing aid if they aren’t employed at least part-time or participating in job training.

Advocates for the poor say the changes could deepen poverty throughout the country by taking food assistance from those who sorely need it. They argue that the vast majority of food stamp recipients are children, disabled or elderly, and say many of those who are able to work already do. But as the economy continues to bounce back from the Great Recession, the Trump administration and some Republicans in Congress are pushing more aggressive policies to...

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