There are no shortage of critics on rule changes to aid programs proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration. The changes mostly affect the appeals process for those who are denied or terminated from benefit programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
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Advocates like Alison Stevens of the Illinois Hunger Coalition have legal issues with the changes, like potentially forcing recipients to travel long distances for an appeal, or placing the burden of proof entirely on the person appealing. “Due process rights are not theoretical,” Stevens said. “Every day, they protect Illinoisans who are struggling to feed their families, access medical care, and pay rent.” Stevens says some of the changes may even violate federal regulations regarding these aid programs.