AARP Illinois Endorses  Independent Maps Campaign!

AARP Illinois Endorses Independent Maps Campaign!

Posted on 04/9/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Advocacy Hello blog readers, we’ve got an important announcement! We’ve officially endorsed an independent, non-partisan redistricting effort in order give voters back their say…. With Illinois being the worst state in the nation regarding trust in government according to a recent Gallup poll, (and really who can blame us?!) it is urgent that voters get their voice back in a system that has been broken by gerrymandering and that no longer holds elected officials accountable to their constituents. This is a …

What's Up Springfield? Tell Your Legislators to Support the Secure Choice Savings Program!

What’s Up Springfield? Tell Your Legislators to Support the Secure Choice Savings Program!

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Advocacy Hello Blog Readers, This week in Springfield things are starting to heat up – literally! The deadline for bills to be passed out of committee is March 28th. One of our top priorities this week is making sure that the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program makes it through committee and continues on it’s way to becoming a law. Aside: Turning a bill into a law is like running a marathon not a sprint…and we need your support all along the …

Encouraging Workers to Save for Retirement

Encouraging Workers to Save for Retirement

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP Illinois is backing legislation that would require companies that have been in business at least two years and have more than 10 employees to establish an automatic IRA. Employees would be enrolled in the IRA unless they choose to opt out. Businesses would not be required to make matching contributions. “Unfortunately, many Illinois employers do not offer a retirement savings plan—and workers at such companies are less likely to save for retirement,” said Ryan Gruenenfelder, AARP state advocacy manager. …

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community,  But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community, But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP From the tragic 1955 death of Emmett Till to the Montgomery bus boycott to civil rights battles of the 1960s and even to the issues of unequal justice in 2014, civil rights leaders say the Black Church has remained a headquarters for healing, rejuvenation and planning. “It remains our oasis in the desert. It remains our spiritual reservoir. It remains the most independent organization controlled by Black people. It even …

Thank You Congressman Davis For Supporting Safer Streets!

Thank You Congressman Davis For Supporting Safer Streets!

Posted on 02/19/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Advocacy With pedestrians being killed every two hours in the U.S., and pedestrian deaths on the rise again in Illinois, it’s critical that new laws are enacted to protect individuals of all ages on sidewalks, intersections, and bicycle lanes. AARP has strongly advocated for safe streets legislation. That is why we’re greatly appreciative of Cong. Rodney Davis’ support for the Safe Streets Act of 2013, as he became the first member of the Illinois Congressional Delegation to sign onto the legislation …

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Posted on 02/17/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP If the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom had used Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Instagram and other social media to draw people to Washington, D.C., what would have been different about that great gathering on the Mall of the U. S Capital? That question kicked off a Martin Luther King holiday forum discussion that grew from what could have happened with social media to ways that …