Southern Illinois Early Childhood Action Team, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, was one of three organizations in southern Illinois to receive a Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group Foundation early math grant in the amount of $15,000.  According to Dr. Jill Andrews, SIECAT President, the grant is being funded to provide high quality professional development trainings to all early childhood providers of children up to eight years old, with a goal of improving content knowledge and practice in teaching early math to young children.  A total of 34 counties in southern Illinois will be served by the grant, including Wayne County.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is reviewing a bill that would raise the speed limit on rural interstates to 70 mph.  Quinn hasn’t said if he’ll sign the measure, which has strong support in the Illinois House and Senate.  Illinois is one of 16 states with a maximum 65 mph speed limit on interstate highways.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says courts in the state may not have a situation resolved as early as first thought, which could result in lawmakers going at least two months without getting paid.  Lawmakers sued Governor Pat Quinn after he cut their salaries from the state budget, meaning Topinka can’t issue their checks.  A judge is set to hear from both sides next month.

The 3rd annual Wayne County Relay For Life Car Show is set for Saturday, September 21st on the Fairfield Hometown IGA parking lot.  Registration runs from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. with a $10 registration fee.  Awards will be given in several categories, with judging at 2 p.m. and awards presented at 4 p.m.  Other activities will include a 50/50 drawing and a Kid’s Coloring Contest.  Tacos in a Bag and BBQ Pulled Pork and drinks will also be served.  More information is available by calling 842-3037.

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is reminding residents that the website for checking any unclaimed property is located at www.treasurer.il.gov  and is free of charge.  Rutherford said his office has been receiving reports of individuals accidentally going to the wrong website and are being asked to provide credit card information to find their unclaimed property.  Rutherford said those websites are outside entities or private companies that are charging to provide the information that his office’s website can provide free of charge.

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