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Maxica Williams, seen with three of her children, appeared before a state legislative committee to speak to the need for an increase financial help for needy families.
Courtesy of Maxica Williams

Illinois recipients of Temporary Aid for Needy Families - also known as TANF - will see an increase in the amount of their monthly grants in October. A $22 million boost was negotiated in the budget this year. Advocates for the poor say the difference may mean more families will be off the streets.

"Four of the past seven governors of Illinois have gone to prison for corruption, and to my knowledge no one has demanded that Illinois schools be shut down or it's highways closed." - Bill Gates

Peggy Boyer Long
WUIS/Illinois Issues

Americans who work hard shouldn’t be poor. That’s what we’ve always believed as a nation. So, whether through ignorance or choice, we don’t really see the working poor.