AARP Illinois Honors Chicagoan With Highest Volunteer Award

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

Illinois | Volunteering 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 …

Renewed Push for ‘Secure Choice’ Savings Plan

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Illinois | Money & Work AARP Illinois is pressing for legislation that would provide an automatic Roth IRA for more than 2 million people who currently lack access to a retirement savings plan at work. Under the Secure Choice Savings Program, any Illinois company that has been in business at least two years, has more than 25 employees and does not offer a retirement plan would be required to participate. Workers would be automatically enrolled in the IRA when hired unless they choose to opt …

What You Really Need to Know About Joining “Club Medicare”

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Illinois If you’re approaching 65, you’ve probably started looking into Medicare coverage.  And if you’ve started looking into Medicare coverage, you’ve probably found yourself a bit stressed over all of the policies, forms, options and acronyms.  We’re here to try to simplify things a bit.  We’ve boiled Medicare down to 5 things that you REALLY need to know.  Granted, there is much more to know about Medicare, but rather than spending countless hours at your computer staring at websites until your …

Much at Stake in Race for Governor

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Illinois By Lisa Bertagnoli In Illinois, money matters. The state’s race for governor, a choice between Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn, 65, and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, 58, “is not as much about general ideology as it is about the fiscal condition of the state,” said AARP Illinois state director Bob Gallo. Gallo noted that Illinois lacks $100 billion needed to fund its pension obligations to public workers. Quinn’s pension reform bill, which he signed at the end of 2013, was challenged …

Caring for Sarah: Caregiving Is The Next Big Thing (And I am Not Exaggerating!)

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family | Illinois Caregiving is a social and health care issue that has slowly emerged in the public sphere as the Baby Boomer generation has been getting older, and older individuals have increasingly expressed a preference to stay in their own homes and communities, close to family and friends, rather than in costly institutions. It is not anecdotal. Speaking only from the vantage point of my home state, Illinois, I can say this: 3 in 4 Illinoisans ages 50 and older prefer to …

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation To Address Disparities In Long Term Care

Posted on 08/7/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Advocacy | Illinois AARP Commends Governor & General Assembly for Taking Action Thousands of Illinois seniors who receive care in their own homes or in institutions received good news today as Governor Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 2773. The legislation establishes a task force with the sole purpose of identifying and addressing disparities across the spectrum of services that older adults rely on when they receive care at home or in institutions. AARP strongly supported the legislation which is largely a result …