Recent meetings in Washington DC involving Social Security Attorneys have reported that by the end of 2009 Disability lawyers will have online access to Social Security Disability files.

This should speed cases up. It will allow your attorney to find out immediately if you have what is needed in your file, and to see what Social Security doctors say about your case.

Social Security is also hiring more staff and judges. All of this is essential to getting cases heard faster than the current wait of 18 to 24 months for Peoria, Bloomington, Pontiac, Springfield and Champaign, Illinois.

Recent Social Security Disability statistics for 2008 show the following number of SSI recipients:

Champaign County 2,653

McLean County 1,562

Sangamon 4,654

Peoria 4,632

SSI is a program for people who have not worked enough to be eligible for Social Security Disability. SSI also includes children who are disabled. So the statistics reflect population and income levels for the counties in question.