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Simon says food stamp use rises at farmers markets

Farmer's markets in Illinois are becoming more accessible to low income residents.

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon says it's all due to the use of what's called "link cards".

In 2009, link card sales at farmer's markets totaled $11,000.

But last year, that jumped to more than $40,000.

Despite the increase, only 22 counties have link accessible markets.

Simon says she wants that to change.

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill last year to help farmer's markets buy link card equipment. But it was never funded.

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