February 2022 - Just the Facts


Total cases receiving Public Assistance in Illinois climbed 155,610 cases (233,784 persons) in February 2022 from February 2021. Aided cases numbered 2,204,611 (3,548,999 persons) in February 2022, up 7.59% from year-earlier totals.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

  • Total TANF Benefits: There were 27,757 TANF cases (76,359 persons) in February 2022, up 180 cases and up 558 persons from January 2022. The caseload 3.53% lower than the February 2021 total.
  • TANF-Basic: In February 2022, TANF-Basic (primarily single-parent) families increased, from January 2022, by 135 cases (302 persons) for a total of 27,757 cases (76,359 persons).
  • Two-Parent Cases: Two-parent cases increased in February 2022 by 45 cases (256 persons) from January 2022 for a total of 1,655 cases (7,612 persons).
  • Approvals: There were 1,180 assistance approvals this month, including 708 new grants (down 132 since January 2022) and 182 reinstatements (down 61 since January 2022). A reinstatement is defined as approval of any case that was active within the previous 24 months.
  • TANF Cancelled due to earnings: In February 2022 there were 179 cases cancelled due to earnings from new employer or increased earnings from an existing employer.
  • Total Grant amount: $12,286,451 was the total in February 2022. This is $123,244 more than the total in January 2022. February 2022 shows a 3.63% decrease from February 2021.

Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD)

The total number of AABD Cash cases in February 2022 was down 523 cases or -2.77% from the number of cases a year earlier.

  • AABD Case Details: AABD Cash cases decreased by 5 cases in February 2022 from January 2022 for a total of 18,324 cases. This total includes 8,820 persons who qualified for Old Age Assistance; 129 persons who qualified for Blind Assistance; and 9,375 persons who qualified for Disability Assistance. The total grant amount shows a 4.97% decrease from January 2022 ($2,435,170) to February 2022 ($2,314,245).

Medical Assistance - No Grant (MANG)

February 2022 had a program total of 2,057,758 cases (3,317,100 persons). Of the total MANG cases, there were 78,073 cases (129,896 MANG persons) in All Kids, Disabled Workers, Breast and Cervical Cancer, Veteran Care, Medically Fragile Technology Dependent, and Department of Corrections programs. Overall, MANG cases in February 2022 show an 8.93% increase (168,706 cases) since February 2021.

  • MANG: MANG recipients represent 93.34% of total cases and 93.47% of total persons in February 2022. In February 2021, MANG recipients represented 92.19% of total cases.
  • Family Health Plans: In February 2022, families increased by 4,494 to 817,312 cases from totals in January 2022. Persons also increased 10,590 in February 2022 to 2,035,005 persons.
  • ACA Adult: ACA Adult saw an increase of 8,765 cases from January 2022 for a total of 866,891 cases in February 2022. Persons increased by 9,031 for a February 2022 total of 895,931 persons.
  • AABD Clients: AABD customers who were categorically qualified for Medical Only, increased .39% in February 2022 from January 2022 to 373,555 cases.
  • Foster Care: Foster Care Assistance totals were not available at the time of this report.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • SNAP Assistance was given to 1,071,564 Illinois households (1,988,757 persons) in February 2022. This is a decrease of 40,608 households from February 2021 levels.
  • A total of 100,772 households (137,216 persons) received SNAP with no other assistance in February 2022. This is a decrease of 19,476 households from February 2021 levels.
  • The total SNAP assistance amount for February 2022 was $502,485,780. This is an increase of $67,859,984* from February 2021.


TANF 27,757 76,359
AABD Cash 18,324 18,324
Family Health Plans 817,312 2,035,005
AABD MANG 373,555 386,164
ACA 866,891 895,931
SNAP with other assistance 100,772 137,216
Foster Care N/A N/A
Refugees Cash & Medical 527 527
Total 2,205,138 3,549,526

Child Care1 

Child Care Services are available to families with income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Families must be working or enrolled in approved education or training activities. Families cost-share with co-payments based on income and family size. Services are delivered through a certificate program and a site-administered contract system.

  • The Certificate Program eligibility is determined by resource and referral agencies. Parents choose subsidized full or part-time care from any legal care provider that meets their needs. Providers include child-care centers, family homes, group child-care home and in-home and relative care. In January 2022, an estimated 80,377 children were served by certificate.
  • The Site-Administered Contract Program serves families through a statewide network of contracted licensed centers and family homes. Families apply for care directly with the contracted providers and eligibility is determined on-site by the provider. In January, an estimated 3,888 children were served by contract.
  • The Migrant Head Start Program provides childcare and health and social services for preschool children of migrant and seasonal farm workers. Services are provided by local community-based agencies. In December 2021, there were 179 children enrolled in Migrant and Seasonal Head Start.

Emergency Food, Shelter and Support

Homeless families and individuals receive food, shelter, and support services through local not-for-profit organizations. A "continuum of care" includes emergency and transitional housing and assistance in gaining self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

  • The Emergency and Transitional Housing Program served 2,115 households in shelters during the October through December 2021 Quarter. Of those, 346 were households with children.
  • The Emergency Food Program served 88,064 households (duplicative) in February 2022.
  • The Homeless Prevention Program helps families in existing homes and helps others secure affordable housing. During the October - December 2021 quarter, 1,372 households were served. Of those, 667 were families (Households with children under age 18).
  • The Supportive Housing Program funds governments and agencies which serve families and transitional facility residents. In the October - December 2021 quarter, 797,269 nights of Supportive Housing were provided.
  • The Refugee and Immigrant Citizenship Initiative funds the provision of English language, civics and U.S. history instruction as well as application services. This program has served 1,314 clients in February 2022.
  • Of the refugees served, 177 received employment services, and 41% of the clients entering employment were still employed 90 days later from October - December 2021.
  • The Outreach and Interpretation project assures access to IDHS benefits. This program has served 3,446 in February 2022.

Social Service Block Grants

Service funding is provided through the Federal Title XX Social Services Block Grant to manage and monitor contracts which help customers achieve economic self-support and prevent or remedy abuse and neglect.

  • Crisis Nurseries served 738 families/customers during the October - December 2021 quarter.
  • The Estimated Donated Funds Initiative aided 2,257 customers with 35,340 rides provided for Senior's during the October - December 2021 quarter.

Early Intervention (EI)1

The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) program serves infants and toddlers ages birth to 3 years old with developmental delays or disabilities and their family in one or more of the following areas of development: adaptive, cognitive, communication/speech, physical and social emotional. EI is part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities. Annually, the EI program serves approximately 23,000 children throughout the state and maintains 25 regional intake entities called Child and Family Connections (CFC) offices. CFCs handle referrals, intake and service coordination for infants and toddlers referred to EI and coordinates the eligibility determination process and manages eligible infants and toddlers with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs)through transition.

Early Intervention services include, but are not limited to developmental evaluations and assessments, communication/speech therapy, developmental therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, service coordination, psychological, and other counseling services, and assistive technology. Evaluations, assessments, service plan development and service coordination are provided to families at no cost. Ongoing EI services are paid for by public insurance (i.e., Medicaid/All Kids), a family's private health insurance, when appropriate, state general revenue and other program funds. Families are assessed a family participation fee based on a sliding scale which considers their ability to pay.

Program Statistics - Early Intervention

Indicator JANUARY 2021 SFY 2021 Average SFY 2020 Average
Referrals 3,281 2,747 2,813
Active IFSP's 20,990 17,814 22,474
0-3 Participation Rate 7.16% 6.25% 10.41%
Under 1 Participation Rate 1.10% 0.93% 1.30%
% With Medicaid 51.40% 50.48% 51.2%
% With Insurance 40.00% 39.78% 38.8%
% With Fees 31.10% 28.96% 28.8%

What's New in EI

The Bureau is ramping up our State Systemic Improvement Plan to improve child outcomes through two coherent improvement strategies of implementing the Child Outcomes Survey practice with fidelity and to have Family Engagement processes developed, measured, and put into practice. This work aligns with evidence-based services utilizing the Division of Early Childhood's Recommended Practices.

Early Intervention will begin to provide services to children after they turn three years old if they are eligible for the Early Intervention/Extended Services Program (EI/ES). This option for extended services through Part C to children over age three applies only if the child:

  1. has been determined eligible for early intervention, and
  2. has their third birthday between May 1 and August 31 and
  3. has been found eligible for early childhood special education services under IDEA and Section 14-8.02 of Public Act 102-0209 (Section 11h) and created an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)1

The purpose of WIC is to provide nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, nutritious supplemental foods, and referrals to services for eligible pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children to age five. The program has been housed under the Department of Human Services since 1997. To be eligible, participants must be at 185% of the federal poverty level, be a resident of the State of Illinois, and have a nutrition risk.

Program Statistics - WIC

Eligibility Category Clients in January 2021
Pregnant Women 13,066
Breastfeeding Women 11,246
Postpartum Women 10,275
Infants 42,401
Children 74,607
Total 151,595

What's New in WIC

It has been 2 years now since the new WIC Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) implementation was implemented in March 2020. WIC staff have been continuing to work with local WIC agencies to address training and system issues in the Clinic modules in I-WIC that have arisen to ensure a quality customer experience. Central office staff have also continued to review and resolve I-WIC system documentation and related issues with the Vendor, Administration, and Nutrition modules. The most exciting news has been the increase in the dollar value of the fruit and vegetable benefits provided to WIC participants. Started in June 2021 as a temporary increase, it has now been extended through September 2022 and allows participants to receive significantly more fresh fruits and vegetables through their Cash Value Benefit (CVB) on their EBT card. Clients have welcomed the increase and it has improved their intake of these nutritious foods.

Family Case Management1

The program target population is low-income families (below 200% of the federal poverty level) with a pregnant woman, an infant. The goals of the program are to help women have healthy babies and to reduce the rates of infant mortality and very low birth weight. To achieve these goals the program conducts outreach activities to inform expectant women and new mothers of available services and then assists them with obtaining prenatal and well-childcare. The program works with community agencies to address barriers to accessing medical services, such as childcare, transportation, housing, food, mental health needs and substance abuse services. Services are provided statewide through local Health Departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and community-based organizations. Home visits by program staff are provided in the first year of life.

Program Statistics - Family Case Management

Active Participant Counts for January 2022.

Cook County 12,212
Downstate 22,900
Statewide 35,112

Bureau of Program & Performance Management

1 Current month's Child Care, Early Intervention, Women, Infants, and Children, and Family Case Management data is not released until the end of the following month resulting in a one-month lag for this report.