Food Stamps Are Back

Shoppers in Illinois should be able to use their LINK cards after the vendor restored service following a system outage.
Januari Smith is spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Human Services. She says people in Illinois began reporting problems using their LINK cards Saturday morning.
People from Alabama to California found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp cards Saturday morning, after a routine test of backup systems by Xerox Corporation sparked technical problems that shut down the states' electronic benefit transfer, or EBT, systems. Xerox says all access has been restored.
U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe says the outage wasn't related to the government shutdown. Other states affected by the temporary outage included Ohio, Michigan, Alabama, Georgia and Iowa.
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