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 …

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 | Illinois 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 …

Caring for Sarah – The Challenges for Spousal Caregivers

Posted on 05/16/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family | Illinois It was one those days of ‘what if’ questions with my mom. I was driving her back from a doctor’s appointment. I was listening to the radio and she was – I thought – napping. She opened her eyes, looked at the road, and asked: what if your father was alive? What about it, mamá? Well, you know. Would he be taking care of me, or would I be taking care of him? Most likely the latter. Says who? There …