A criminal background can hurt your chance to get General Assistance (GA). You may not be able to get assistance in any of the following situations:
- You are in violation of probation or parole;
- You are fleeing to avoid a felony prosecution, imprisonment or giving testimony;
- You are convicted of a Class X or Class 1 drug felony after August 21,1996; or
- It has been less than 2 years since your conviction of a drug felony that is not Class X or Class 1:
- You may be eligible if you are currently in drug treatment or you have successfully completed drug treatment within 2 years.
Note: You cannot get GA if you have two criminal convictions for violating Public Aid rules.