SPRINGFIELD - Is a LINK card really a get out of jail free card?
That's what state Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, asserted when he proposed a measure that would ban people from using the public assistance from buying items like lottery tickets and alcohol (and getting out of jail). The proposal was rejected by the Illinois House Public Benefits Subcommittee Thursday in Springfield.
"A LINK card is intended to be used for basic needs, such as food and water, not alcohol and lottery tickets," Bost said. "Local law enforcement has even told me they have encountered an instance where a person has used the cash from their LINK card to bail them out of jail. This is just absurd, a LINK card funded by the taxpayers should not be used to bail people out of jail."
The bill, House Bill 2784, failed to pass out of the committee by a vote of 1 to 2.
LINK cards are funded through the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program. The average monthly allowance people are given is $242.