The Illinois Link Program is the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system used in Illinois to distribute food and cash assistance benefits authorized under several federal and state programs.
Families who are eligible for the food and cash programs access their benefits using their Illinois Link card by swiping the card through a point of sale (POS) terminal and entering their Personal Identification Number (PIN).
When a purchase is processed, the customer chooses to spend benefits from their food or cash Link account. Food benefits can be spent only on SNAP eligible food items; cash benefits have no restrictions.
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