— 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 …

— Chicago, IL. – With Americans losing tens of billions of dollars annually to investment fraud schemes, what mindsets and behaviors are common among those who fall victim?  A new survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that the most susceptible typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments and tend to trade more actively than the general investor population.  More of the investment scam victims also reported that they value wealth accumulation as a significant measure …

—   AARP State Director Bob Gallo was a guest on WCIU’s YOU AND ME IN THE MORNING discussing our Fraud Watch Network and providing tips to combat scams and fraud this holiday season. Take a look and see what AARP Chicago is doing in the community. WCIU DECEMBER SEGMENT    

— AARP Chicago recently hosted a free fraud awareness and shredding event on October 4th  that was open to the public where people from the community, particularly Chicago’s South Side, could securely destroy confidential documents and records.  More than 175 vehicles brought financial documents and personal information to be properly disposed and participate in fraud watch awareness seminar.     AARP Research asked 2,250 Americans about their experiences with identity theft. More than 12 percent said unauthorized purchases were made in their …

—   AARP Chicago is hosting a free fraud awareness and shredding event open to the public where people from the community, particularly the Chicago South Side, can securely destroy confidential documents and records. AARP Research asked 2,250 Americans about their experiences with identity theft. More than 12 percent said unauthorized purchases were made in their name in the past year. According to the Justice Department, 16.6 million adults were victims of ID theft in 2012. To avoid becoming one of …

— Scammers are constantly and creatively finding ways to get people to part with their hard-earned money. The latest scam is an effort to get people to pay back taxes by purchasing iTunes gift cards and sharing the code on the back of the card. AARP Fraud Watch Network is alerting consumers about this new scam and providing useful tips to help consumers protect themselves and their money against fraudsters.   “Consumers need to be aware of new and ongoing frauds …

— Consumers need to be extra cautious if they receive an email seeming to be from the Social Security Administration. Not only are fraudulent emails with malicious links offering “new features” to monitor finances floating around, but new emails urging consumers to create a My Social Security account are making the rounds. The Social Security Administration has issued an alert on their site to be on the lookout for email phishing and AARP Illinois is helping to warn people of the new scam. …

— As the time to file taxes quickly approaches, scammers are presented with a month-long opportunity that could result in identity theft or tax fraud. Now, more than ever, is a crucial time for taxpayers.   Identity Theft Documents needed in order to file taxes for 2015 should begin arriving in mailboxes because employers have to mail W-2 and 1099 forms by January 31, though banks and brokerage firms may have later deadlines. Since these documents contain your Social Security number …

—   Boise, ID – AARP Idaho today announced that Frank W. Abagnale, nationally renowned expert on identity theft and fraud schemes, has been named AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador.  Abagnale will work with the Fraud Watch Network to provide online programs and community forums to educate consumers about ways to protect themselves from identity theft and cybercrime. Once one of the world’s most famous con artists, Abagnale’s story was told in his best-selling book, Catch Me if You Can, and in the …

— In efforts to provide consumers with the information they need to make smart investments and better manage personal finances, National Futures Association and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services is giving a seminar during Chicago’s Money Smart Week. The seminar, “Avoiding Fraud is Your Best Money Strategy,” will include a presentation by AARP providing attendees with tips to recognize warning signs and ways to fight against identity theft and investment fraud. With someone’s identity being stolen every two seconds in the United …