It is illegal to access TANF cash using an Illinois Link card at the following prohibited locations:
- any liquor store; or
- any casino, gamling casino, or gaming establishment; or
- any retail establishment which provides adult-oriented entertainment in which performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment.
It is illegal to withdrawal TANF benefits from an ATM located in one of the prohibited locations, or to use TANF benefits at a point of sale (POS) terminal located in a prohibited location.
Adults are issued a warning for the first infraction, then are removed from the cash assistance unit for a month for each subsequent infraction.
The customer is responsible for use of their Illinois Link card, and will not avoid a penalty by claiming another person misused their card at a prohibited location. See PM 22-01-01-j.
A person may have good cause for withdrawing cash from a prohibited location if there is no other working ATM within a reasonable distance from their home.