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Heather Heppner

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Associate State Director for Communications with AARP Illinois. Follow me on Twitter @AARP_Hheppner

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AARP Pushes for Passage of CARE Act in Illinois

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Being a family caregiver is a major responsibility – a responsibility that over 2.4 million Illinoisans have unselfishly taken on to help ensure that their loved ones can live independently at home and avoid costly institutional settings.  AARP Illinois is advocating for the passage of a state law that will help give these family caregivers the resources and training they need to be able to continue to care for their loved ones following a hospital stay. The CARE Act (Caregiver …

Voting Rights 50 Years Later: Leaders Say the March to the Polls is Still Indispensable

Posted on 02/16/2015 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

“Is it time to celebrate Selma, Alabama – and the triumph of the Voting Rights Act? Or is it time to mourn Shelby, Alabama – and the radical backlash against voting rights?”

Those are the questions raised by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. as he declares the need for America to understand that “the struggle for equal rights must go on.”

Economic Empowerment: The Unfinished Business of Civil Rights

Posted on 02/16/2015 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

National Urban League President/CEO Marc Morial, who last year hosted a conference themed, “Bridges to Jobs and Justice”, often stresses the need for poor people to have jobs as a key to economic empowerment and civil rights. Marcia Griffin, founder of Homefree USA, says home ownership is crucial to economic empowerment since “96 percent of African-American wealth is in our homes.” Michael Grant, president/CEO of the National Bankers Association, says the key to economic empowerment in the Black community is …

Carter Woodson: The Father of Black History

Posted on 02/10/2015 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

He was born to former slaves in 1875. His parents, Anne Eliza (Riddle) and James Henry Woodson, could neither read nor write. Instead of going to school, he stayed home and worked the family farm in New Canton, Va. Having largely taught himself, he didn’t attend high school until he was 20 years old. And yet, as a man with this humble childhood experience, Carter Godwin Woodson went on to attend Berea College in Kentucky, the University of Chicago, Sorbonne …

AARP Illinois Financial Security Forums – November

Posted on 10/23/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

You work hard and you deserve a secure financial future. In today’s economic climate, you know you can’t count on Social Security alone to have the retirement you want.  After decades of hard work, you want financial independence and security to enjoy your future.  AARP is working to help you plan by providing free, unbiased information so that you can make smart financial decisions. That’s also why AARP is advocating for Senate Bill 2758 – the Illinois Secure Choice Savings …

AARP Illinois Honors Chicagoan With Highest Volunteer Award

Posted on 10/8/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Chicago resident Kathy Schubert was recognized by AARP Illinois with the state’s highest volunteer honor, the 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service.  The award was presented to Schubert at a luncheon held in her honor at the American Red Cross in Chicago.  AARP also presented a monetary donation to the American Red Cross and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Schubert’s behalf. “AARP has long valued the spirit of service embraced by our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus,” said Bob …