Illinois Public Aid

Where does Illinois' welfare money go?

Megan Cottrell | The Chicago Reporter

I was reading through a Stateline news piece on welfare this week and I got to this line at the end:

"But a growing concern is that no one really knows how the state and federal TANF money is being spent."

Um, what? That concerned me. According to the piece, the federal Government Accounting Office  figures that 71 percent of all the money spent on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-- TANF, a.k.a. welfare-- is being spent on stuff that's not "cash assistance." 

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