— Individuals ages 50 and older make tremendous contributions to improve our communities. Their life and professional experiences shape and inform their ability to disrupt, innovate, and create. They truly are champions and trailblazers, and their efforts and groundbreaking contributions need to be recognized. That’s why AARP Illinois and Crain’s Chicago Business have joined together to launch 50@50+ Illinois – a recognition of Illinoisans over the age of 50 who are making a positive impact in their communities. They don’t adhere …

— By Ryan Gruenenfelder   For too long Illinois has been without a comprehensive, balanced budget that helps make life better for residents of all ages. Since 2002, the Governor and the General Assembly have failed to pass a truly balanced budget. And for almost two years, the State has operated without anything beyond a ‘stop-gap’ budget.  This budgetary inaction has led to a current fiscal year 2017 budget deficit of somewhere between $5.4 billion to $7.8 billion, depending on whose …

— Millions of family caregivers in Illinois will have many reasons to celebrate during National Caregiving Month in November, as new laws will provide much and urgently needed help for them as they take care of their loved ones. Thanks to the tireless advocacy of AARP, the Hospital Association and other groups, the Illinois CARE Act will help to significantly increase coordination between caregivers and hospitals. The law requires hospitals to: Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family …

— As a 1959 New York Times profile of AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus noted, she had a favorite bit of advice to people who dreaded retirement: DON’T.  Andrus practiced what she preached. Andrus was born in San Francisco but spent her early life in Chicago. After earning an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1903, Andrus began teaching. Her father, whom she once described as “a man who believed everyone should do good somewhere,” had instilled …

— AARP Illinois was a proud supporter of the Better Government Association (BGA) 2016 Springfield Luncheon entitled Election 2016: Candidates, Chaos, and Consequences. The Luncheon was held on Tuesday, September 27th at the Doubletree by Hilton located at 701 East Adams in Springfield.  The event  featured Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar, Chris Kennedy, former University of Illinois Chair and Special Guest: Springfield native Natalie Bomke, FOX 32 Chicago.   “AARP Illinois fight for issue that matters and are important to our members and …

— Tuesday, September 13th, AARP Chicago held a standing room only Fall Volunteer Recruitment Session at the Chicago Public Library’s Martin Luther King Branch located at 3436 South King Drive. Participants were educated about AARP’s History, Impact in the Community, and how one can contribute to our worthwhile organization. The event included a ‘Speed dating’ segment where various divisions such as Fraud Watch Network, Drivers Safety, Advocacy , and other departments conveyed the features, advantages, and benefits of AARP.   Thank …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli On Nov. 8 voters face a choice for the U.S. Senate: incumbent Mark Kirk, a Republican, or Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat who represents a suburban Chicago district. For AARP, a top priority in the race is the candidates’ stance on Social Security. Beginning in 2034, the program will begin paying out more than it takes in. If no action is taken, it will be able to pay only about 75 percent of promised benefits. Social Security …

— The Social Security and Women Summit luncheon was held yesterday at Chicago’s Union League Club. It was a joint venture between AARP and the National Committee designed to bring awareness to the importance of safeguarding Social security’s future by finding commonsense, non-partisan solutions to update the program.   Speakers included Romina Boccia – fiscal and economic expert at The Heritage Foundation, Nancy LeaMond – AARPs Community, State & National Affairs Leader, Max Richtman – President and CEO of the National …

— On August 9th, AARP Illinois held a Funding Our Future: Private Sector Retirement Roundtable at the Union League Club in Chicago. The event focused on Building Wealth in Communities of Color and those who are  impacted by Work and Save and Tapping the Untapped Market: Strengthening Small Businesses in Communities of Color.

— With key U.S. Senate and congressional races heating up for the November elections, AARP will be at the state fair in Springfield, Aug. 11-21, engaging thousands of people in urging candidates to explain their plans to keep Social Security strong for current and future generations. “People who have worked hard and paid into Social Security deserve to know how candidates will ensure the benefits they’ve earned will keep up with inflation and continue to provide a secure source of income …

— An estimated 2 million people 65 and older will live in Chicago, Cook County and six surrounding counties by 2030. The Lifetime Livable Communities Collaborative, a group of Chicago-area nonprofit organizations convened by AARP Illinois, aims to steer public policy to address the needs of this growing segment of the population. AARP, the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Union League Club of Chicago are hosting a summit Oct. 5 to draw attention to the needs of older residents when planning …

— AARP members and their guests are invited to the Puerto Rican comedy show “Made in Puerto Rico.” Made in Puerto Rico is a theatrical celebration of culture through music, food and laughter. Be sure to stop by the AARP table after the performances to learn more about what AARP Illinois is doing in Chicago – from helping you imagine your “what’s next” to computer and tablet classes, and much more, we are igniting the power of AARP in Hispanic and …