Governor Quinn Signs Legislation To Address Disparities In Long Term Care

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

Advocacy 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 …

Plan to Tax Retirement Income Sparks Debate

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Kelly Soderlund In a proposal to dramatically change how Illinois collects taxes, a Chicago think tank has recommended that the state tax all forms of federally taxable retirement income. If enacted, that would alleviate much of the state’s budget crisis, but also leave nearly 1.5 million retirees with less money in their pockets. The Civic Federation, a nonpartisan government research organization, released a report in March outlining its proposal for how to make up for the state’s $5.4 billion …

AARP Secure Choice Telephone Town Hall With Senator Biss

Posted on 05/22/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Advocacy Hello blog readers,  ICYMI (in case you missed it) here’s a recording of our Telephone Town Hall with Senator Daniel Biss and AARP Executive Council Member Charles Johnson regarding the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program – SB2758.  The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program makes it easy for small businesses to provide a basic retirement savings option for their employees. Through voluntary retirement accounts, the program promotes self-reliance and empowers workers to save for their own retirement. The Senator took questions …

Put Your Best Foot Forward Carefully – Chicago and Pedestrian Safety

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Advocacy Good Morning Blog Readers! If you’ve ever been walking through downtown Chicago this blog post is for you… Chicago is among the safest metro areas in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 44th out of the 51 largest metro areas, a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, said. While many streets across the country are perilous for people walking, hundreds of communities like Chicago are working to make their streets safe and …

What’s Up Springfield? Illinois Legislature Passes Bill to Fix Disparities in Long Term Care

Posted on 05/16/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Advocacy Hi Blog Readers, Things are starting to move at a frantic pace as the Illinois legislative session comes to a close in just a couple of weeks. We’ve got some good news to report on one of the bills that we’ve been lobbying this session…  Thousands of Illinoisans who receive critical care in their own homes or in institutions will have a powerful ally as soon as Governor Quinn signs into law Senate Bill 2773. The legislation will seek out …

Pushing Back on Unemployment Benefit Cuts

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Illinois is one of two states that have laws penalizing older workers in company layoffs by reducing unemployment benefits for those who have Social Security income. Twelve years ago, 21 states plus the District of Columbia had such “offset” laws on the books, but most states have repealed them. AARP is pushing to repeal the Illinois law, which affects more than 17,000 workers. The law reduces unemployment benefits by 50 cents for every dollar of Social Security income workers receive. …