The cities and towns listed below are high unemployment areas.  Customers living in these areas are exempt from the food stamp work requirement policy.

City County Period Exempt
Bellwood Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Broadview Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Burnham Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Chicago  Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Chicago Heights Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Cicero Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Country Club Hills Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Dixmoor Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Dolton Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
East Hazel Crest Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Ford Heights Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Forest View Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Franklin Park Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Harvey Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Hazel Crest Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Hillside Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Justice Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Lynwood Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Lyons Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Markham Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Matteson Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Maywood Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Melrose Park Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Midlothian Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Park Forest Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Phoenix Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Posen Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Richton Park Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Robbins Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Sauk Village Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
South Chicago Heights Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
South Holland Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Stone Park Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Summit Cook 03/01/2008- 02/28/2010
Addison DuPage 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2009
Itasca DuPage 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
West Chicago DuPage 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2009
Carpentersville Kane 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Elgin Kane 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Pingree Grove Kane 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Fox Lake Hills Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Grandwood Park Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Long Lake  Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
North Chicago Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2009
Old Mill Creek  Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Park City Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Round Lake Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Round Lake Beach Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2009
Round Lake Heights Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Round Lake Park Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Venetian Village Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Volo Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Waukegan Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2009
Zion Lake 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Alton Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2009
East Alton Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Granite City Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2009
Grantfork Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Hartford Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Livingston Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Madison Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
New Douglas Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
South Roxana Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Venice Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Williamson Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Wood River Madison 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Fairmont Will 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Godley Will 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Ingalls Park Will 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Joliet Will 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Lakewood Shores Will 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Preston Heights Will 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Rockdale Will 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Steger Will 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
University Park Will 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010
Wilmington Will 03/01/2008 - 02/28/2010