Area Services & Support

  1. For Residents
  2. For Businesses

SNAP Online Purchasing Plan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved IDHS’ SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Online implementation plan, which gives SNAP customers the ability to enter their Personal Identification Number (PIN) to order groceries online. All SNAP recipients with Link cards in Illinois will be able to participate.

Read information about the SNAP online purchasing plan.  

Independent Contractors, Sole Proprietors Filing For Unemployment Benefits

State officials are urging independent contractors and sole proprietors to file for unemployment benefits now. Also, note that this initial claim may be denied, but it sets the stage and allows for retroactive compensation.

Visit the the Illinois Department of Employment Security website. 

IDES also has a new chat bot on their website to help answer your questions.

Social Security Phone Scams

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says Social Security phone scams have skyrocketed, becoming the Number 1 fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission and Social Security Administration. To help reduce this fraud, Social Security has launched a new online form to report these phone scams.

Report Social Security phone scams. 

Searchable Online Map to Find Food Pantries and School Meal Distribution Sites

A searchable online map is available for finding local food pantries and school meal distribution sites across the Tri-Counties. It can be searched by city or address. Be sure to adjust the distance range for the broadest search. While much of the information has been recently updated, given demand, it’s a good idea to call ahead.

Search for local food pantries and school meal distribution sites.

Driver’s License and REAL ID Deadlines

Here are some reminders for those needing state driver services such as license renewals and license plate stickers:

  • Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings will be extended at least 90 days after Driver Services Facilities reopen.
  • Renew your license plate sticker online.
  • The REAL ID deadline has been pushed back to October 1, 2021.