The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced today that February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be funded through the end of February, but they will be issued to Illinois customers on or before January 20th. Typically, benefits are issued in the first few days of the month.

“We want to reassure our customers that SNAP benefits are funded through the end of February,” IDHS Secretary James Dimas said. “However, we need to spread the word as quickly and widely as possible that these benefits will be issued earlier than usual.”

SNAP is a federal program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and distributed through IDHS in Illinois. January and February SNAP benefits will not be affected by the current lack of federal appropriations. Because of the way the USDA has funded February SNAP benefits, they must be issued on or before January 20th. This is about a week and half earlier than usual for customers.

There is no need for customers to visit the local IDHS offices or call their caseworkers. IDHS staff will be working in the upcoming days to implement the necessary changes so customers see no disruption in their benefits. SNAP customers will receive the normal amount of monthly SNAP benefits on their Link cards, the debit-like cards used to spend SNAP benefits and other cash assistance.

IDHS will be working to communicate the early issuance to SNAP customers in the upcoming days through the IDHS website, Link website and customer service phone line, a social media campaign and community outreach. Click here to view additional information. 

SPRINGFIELD. . .State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) was sworn into office to begin his fifth term serving the 54th Legislative District of Illinois.

A special inauguration ceremony held at the University of Illinois at Springfield marked the official start of the 101st General Assembly. Representative Morrison joins 43 other Republican members of the caucus, which will resume legislative session on January 29th in the House of Representatives.

Representative Morrison is ready to get to work on some of the State’s biggest challenges, including the ongoing fiscal problems Illinois faces. “I am ready to move our state forward and will be working collaboratively with my colleagues in the House to file legislation that will make Illinois a better state,” said Morrison.

Morrison’s 54th Legislative District is located in Cook County and includes parts of Palatine, Inverness, Arlington Heights, Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, and portions of the City of Rolling Meadows. Illinois residents and constituents of the 54th District can follow Rep. Morrison’s legislation throughout the course of the 101st General Assembly at 

With the arrival of the New Year comes a series of new laws enacted by the State of Illinois. This year, 253 new laws have taken effect as of January 1, 2019.

Click here to view a comprehensive list of these new laws. For more information on all the bills in the General Assembly, visit