$490 million in federal money is for food assistance. What it means for Illinois.

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BLOOMINGTON — Count Illinois among the states opting into a federally approved plan that gives more money for buying fruits and vegetables. 

It involves people who get benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children program. 

Until Sept. 30, they’ll be able to get up to $35 per adult and child each month to buy canned, frozen or fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Dr. Robert Citronberg, the executive medical director of infectious disease and prevention for Advocate Aurora Health joins FOX6 WakeUp with more information.



That’s up from the normal allotment of $9 per child and $11 per woman in the program for the same products. The $490 million is a byproduct of American Rescue Plan funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to WIC state agencies. 

"Some (states) may be participating, some may be not, but Illinois did jump in and the benefit is substantial," McLean County Health Department WIC coordinator Mary Colby said.

Colby said the increased allotment is likely part of a continued push to "ensure that our communities have access to as many healthy fruits and vegetables as possible."

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"As a result of the pandemic, as many as 30 million adults and 12 million children may not always have enough nutritious food to eat…  These additional funds will increase the purchasing power of WIC participants so they can buy and consume more healthy fruits and vegetables," the USDA said in an announcement. 

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WIC participants will automatically be enrolled into the program, meaning the benefits will be loaded onto a WIC Electronic Benefit Transaction card for use at pre-approved stores. 

The benefits don’t roll over from month to month, meaning those interested in getting the most out of their allotment will have to plan ahead. 

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"We’re really encouraging all of our nutritionists to work with participants if they’re concerned about using it and teach them how to not let that go to waste, how to spread their visits out to the store to buy fresh, and getting some canned or frozen vegetables for later," Colby said. 

In McLean County, WIC enrollment is 113% over the 2,000 caseload allotment the department planned, for Colby said, but they’re still encouraging anyone with a low- to middle income who thinks they may be eligible to call the department with questions. 

"It’s great — honestly we just try to see as many people as we can year to year," Colby said. "We never had a gap in services during COVID, which is pretty successful. The people that need our services are still getting our services." 

Colby said she couldn’t definitively point to the pandemic and corresponding unemployment issues as a reason for the heightened enrollment, but said she believed "some of it was a factor." 


12 bright ideas that started in Bloomington-Normal

While President Abraham Lincoln is most often associated with Springfield, Bloomington-Normal also played a role in his ascension to the presidential seat. Many of Lincoln’s court cases took place in McLean County, and his friendships with Jesse Fell and David Davis were key in his political rise.




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In 1859, George Pullman and carpenter Leonard Seibert of the St. Louis, Alton and Chicago Railroad Shops in Bloomington converted two-day coaches into luxury sleeping car prototypes. 




PHOTO COURTESY OF MCLEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY



William Richard White’s automatic drive gate is thought to be the precursor to today’s automatic garage doors. White was born and raised in Cumberland County and invented the automatic drive gate in 1890, after he had moved to Bloomington. Altogether, he patented over 70 inventions in his lifetime.




PHOTO COURTESY OF MCLEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY



Frederic Goudy, born in Bloomington, developed some 124 typefaces in the early 1900s. Many of them, including Goudy Old Style, Copperplate and Californian, are still being used today. 




PHOTO COURTESY OF MCLEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY



Born just outside of Bloomington in 1883, Charles Keeran designed and distributed the first commercially successful mechanical pencil, called "Eversharp."




PHOTO COURTESY OF MCLEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY



The State Farm insurance company was founded by G.J. Mecherle in Bloomington in 1922. The company is still headquartered in Bloomington and employs some 57,500 workers nationwide, including about 14,000 in Bloomington. 




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Country Financial, founded in 1925, has nearly 4,000 employees nationwide, including 2,000 in its Bloomington home office. In this 2019 Pantagraph file photo,  John Howell, a Country Financial adjuster and farmer from Flanagan, disassembles his Mavic 2 Pro Quadcopter after a training flight with other Country adjusters in Bloomington. Howell said the drones allow unparalleled visual access to farmland. 




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Steak ‘n Shake, the chain restaurant famous for its steakburgers, milkshakes and shoestring fries, traces its roots to the corner of Normal’s Main Street and Virginia Avenue in 1934. 




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Beer Nuts got their start at a Shirk family treat shop in the 1930s. The Shirks began packaging their glazed nuts and selling them to local liquor stores and bars, and the "Beer Nuts" name took off. These days, the company operates from a 100,000-square-foot facility at Washington and Robinson streets in Bloomington.




CARLOS T. MIRANDA, LEE ENTERPRISES



In the summer of 1949, Bloomington-Normal was in the heat of the polio epidemic. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Eureka Williams Corp. partnered to build a wooden lung to use when the hospital’s two iron lungs were already occupied. Their creation worked and saved lives, and went on to receive the American Medical Association’s seal of approval.




PHOTO COURTESY OF MCLEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY



International Tapetronics Corp., formed in Bloomington in 1969, is credited with the design, production and resale of audio equipment for use by radio and TV stations. Pictured here are radio tape cartridge inventors John P. "Jack" Jenkins (left) and Fred "Ted" Bailey.




PHOTO COURTESY OF MCLEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY



Pat Brymer, a graduate of University High School and Illinois State University, was the puppeteer behind the "Caddyshack" gopher in 1981. He went on to work with Shari Lewis on her programs, and redesigned her Lamb Chop puppet. 





David Foster Wallace penned the 1996 novel "Infinite Jest" while living in Bloomington and working as a writing instructor at Illinois State University.




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Contact Lyndsay Jones at (309) 820-3275. Follow her on Twitter: @__lyndsayjones

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