(The Center Square) – Families living near the poverty line in Illinois could soon see a boost in their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits.
TANF provides 30 percent of the federal poverty guidelines for each family size. A bill by Rep. Marcus Evans would increase that amount to 50 percent.
Rep. Tom Demmer agreed with allowing dollars for child support to go directly to parents or guardians instead of the current system where the state withholds some of the money.
The cost of the increase will be in the neighborhood of $40 million dollars, but funding for the TANF program comes from federal block grants.
The bill passed the House and is headed to the Senate for consideration. The Senate is off Friday and returns late Monday. Session ends April 8.