Caring for Sarah: The Picture In Illinois

Posted on 06/27/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family | Illinois It’s been a quiet start of the summer for Sarah, my mom. She’s getting used to the new wheelchair we got her for the times when she goes out of the house to doctors’ appointments, church or social occasions. The weather is warm, which means her tired bones don’t hurt as much. She loves summer. During the peaceful summer days my mom loves to go her favorite chair in the living room, where it’s cooler, and read, take a nap, or …

AARP Ragnar Runs on Real Possibilities

Posted on 06/9/2014 by | AARP Experience Corps | Comments

Events It’s 4am on Friday, June 6th. I’m in a hotel room in Madison, Wisconsin, preparing to hit the road for 196.1 miles of running back to Chicago. I will split that distance with 30 or so of my best AARP friends. This is part of race series called “Ragnar Relays“. By my count, we have people from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, South Dakota, Texas, The District of Columbia, West Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Arizona, Kansas, and who knows where else. We’ve …

Caring for Sarah: Adapting and Rebuilding

Posted on 06/4/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Illinois One thing I’ve learned about caring for my mom is how much you change as a caregiver. I am not the same person who started taking care of her in a more intentional, specific way, almost two years ago. My perspective of aging and my view of my own mother have changed – and my perspective of myself has changed as well. Sometimes I feel like I’m always adapting to her. Kind of like when I was growing up, but …

Plan to Tax Retirement Income Sparks Debate

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

Advocacy | Illinois | Money & Work 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 | Illinois 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 | Illinois 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 …