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News Room 

This is a quick reference page to provide reporters with basic facts and figures about agency programs and services. Detailed information is available via links to other HFS Web pages.

HFS ensures that children receive the financial support they are entitled to from absent parents and provides medical coverage to children, parents or relatives caring for children, pregnant women, veterans, seniors, persons who are blind, and persons with disablities.

HFS Media Contacts

Joannè von Alroth
Communications Director
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
401 S. Clinton
Chicago, IL 60607



HFS News Releases

HFS Budget Information 

Child Support Services

The total number of child support cases for Fiscal Year 2013 is 496,546.

Total child support collections are $1,388,456,612 for Fiscal Year 2013.

The Illinois State Disbursement Unit (SDU), created to qualify for federal child support funds, collected a record $832,536,203 in the last year, for IV-D cases (current and former cash or medical assistance cases, as well as others who have requested child support services). The SDU collected $555,920,409 for non-IV-D cases, (those whose child support is handled privately, generally through private attorneys).

Medical Programs

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ Medical Assistance Programs provide comprehensive health benefits to a monthly average of about 2.9 million persons, and partial benefits to another 86,087 persons, who meet income and other eligibility requirements, including pregnant women and infants, children and teenagers, seniors and people with disabilities (living both in the community and in nursing homes), and people struggling with one-time catastrophic medical bills.

All Kids


Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities (HBWD)

Supportive Living Program (SLF)

Illinois Healthy Women (IHW)

The Office of Inspector General is maintained within HFS, but functions as a separate, independent entity reporting directly to the governor’s office.