How to Check on a Link Card Application in Illinois

by Jaime Swanson
A Link card dispenses funds for the Illinois food stamp program known as SNAP.

The Illinois Link Program allows you to manage your benefits from the Illinois Department of Human Services. Link Program benefits include cash assistance, medical assistance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the name Illinois gives to its food stamps. You can use the permanent Link card you receive like a bank card at participating stores. Once you apply for public aid, check on the status of your application to see how long you must wait before you can begin using your benefits.

Provide the Illinois Department of Human Services with a proof of identity, residence and your Social Security number. Once the department has your application, you must visit an office to talk with a case worker. He will tell you all of the documents you will need to bring with you.

Call the Illinois Link helpline at 800-678-5465. The operators answering your call can tell you the status of your application.

Visit the Department of Human Services office at which you applied. Make an appointment with your case worker. She should be able to call up your file and check on the status of your Link card.

About the Author

Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.

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