Illinois trying to collect 30-year-old overpayments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Department of Human Services is still attempting to collect money from overpayments made nearly 30 years ago from its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, once more commonly known as food stamps.

The State Journal-Register reports that McLeansboro resident Sue Good received a letter from the department about a month ago asking her to repay $242 in an overpayment that occurred from August through November in 1985.

Alex Jordan, the department’s director of fiscal services and chief of the Bureau of Collections, says federal regulations and state law require that an effort be made to recoup the money. There isn’t a statute of limitations on the department’s debt.

Jordan says residents are able to call or write the department to express their concerns and receive copies of their record.