Lawmaker: Ban welfare for drinking, gambling and bail money

Ben Yount
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Mar 05, 2014 5:00 AM
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Lawmaker: Ban welfare for drinking, gambling and bail money

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Rep. John Cavaletto has heard all the stories about people using public aid in Illinois to get alcohol and tobacco, to play video poker, and even to make bail. He’s finally had enough.

Cavaletto, a Republican, has introduced a proposal that would define exactly how Temporary Assistance for Needy Families can and cannot be used.

“I understand one person used their TANF card to (get) out of jail,” Cavaletto told Illinois Watchdog. “He was put in jail and within five hours he was out of jail, and he used his TANF card to bail out for $350.”