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Most Illinois SNAP funds can be used only for cold food, which excludes restaurants and things like a hot rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.
- But those rules got tweaked for some users last spring.
What’s happening: Illinois joined six other states trying out a program allowing elderly and disabled users of the federal food assistance program to use their credits at participating restaurants.
- WBEZ reported last month that one JJ Fish & Chicken location on the South Side was seeing about 1,000 customers a week using LINK — the Illinois name for the federal program, previously