Illinois farmers' markets have until noon on Monday to apply for a federal grant that will pay for wireless machines that accept debit, credit and Link cards. The project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and aims to expand access to fresh produce for low-income residents. It's also expected to increase the sale of locally grown food across the state by enabling farmers' markets to accept Illinois Link cards. Money not earmarked for grant applicants by next week will be returned to the federal government. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon wants to avoid that and is urging market managers to take advantage of the opportunity now. To apply for the Illinois EBT Wireless Project, visit Agr.State.IL.US or call 217-524-9129.