— AARP & Elected Officials Meet For Legislative Breakfast On Monday, November 13, AARP Illinois is hosting a legislative breakfast where state and local elected officials will meet with local residents and discuss issues that matter to residents ages 50 and older, and their loved ones, including state revenue, financial security, affordable utilities, and support to family caregivers. WHO:                        AARP Illinois WHAT:                      Lockport Township Legislative Breakfast WHEN:                      Monday, November 13, 2017/9:00am-11am WHERE:                   Prairie Bluff Golf Club, 19433 …

— On June 12, 2017, Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed to work alongside the Chicago Department of Transportation and other leading organizations to prevent and eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries citywide by 2026. This initiative is Vision Zero Chicago. Vision Zero Chicago is a newly implemented plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries, joining other cities across the nation with the ultimate goal of reaching zero by 2026. Vision Zero is enforcing the idea that traffic crashes are not to be …

— AARP fights for the issues that matter most! Yesterday, AARP Illinois joined the Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative for a 4th Ward Candidates Debate where contenders sparred for over healthcare, employment, safety, security and education. Chicago’s WVON radio personality Cliff Kelly moderated a distinguished panel that included appointed Alderman Sophia King who was endorsed by President Obama, along with candidates Ebony Lucas, Gregory Seal Livingston, Gerald Scott McCarthy and Marcellus Moore. AARP’s Ruby Haughton-Pitts told the standing room only crowd that informed …

— Moving forward with our Enough is Enough campaign mobilizing citizens across Illinois and encouraging them to hold elected officials – the Governor and the members of the General Assembly – accountable for the gridlock and demand they find long-term solutions and pass a budget that restores the fiscal health of our state.  AARP’s Illinois own Ryan Gruenenfelder was interviewed by the Illinois News Connection for the audio piece linked below. Ryan conveyed our key campaign messages right at the time …

— Illinois State Director, Bob Gallo, was a guest on the November 10th segment of WCIU’s “You and Me In the Morning” where he discussed Livable Communities and its impact on Chicago neighborhoods. AARP Chicago’s goal is to significantly raise awareness about Livable Communities and allows us to show how AARP is working to make a difference and listening to the needs of Chicagoans.  AARP is working with and in Chicago neighborhoods and is connected to our many and diverse neighborhoods.      

— By Jackie Spinner Illinois has two new laws that will help the most vulnerable older residents in the state: people at risk of wandering off and those living in nursing facilities. A law that went into effect in January allows surveillance cameras to be installed in the rooms of long-term care facilities’ residents, making Illinois only the fifth state in the country to offer seniors and disabled adults this added protection against neglect and abuse. “This was a groundbreaking law,” …

— With thousands of older adults at risk of, or already losing, in-home services due to the current budget stalemate, AARP, State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs, community organizations and Alton residents met today urging Governor Rauner and the General Assembly to stop fighting  and pass a state budget that funds critical home and community-based programs and services countless Illinoisans depend on. During a press conference inside Senior Services Plus (SSP) of Alton – an organization that has recently been forced to cut services …

— By Jackie Spinner Every time Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago opens a new play, the company designates one Saturday matinee for people who may have a hard time hearing the dialogue. During this performance, patrons can view text from the play on screens placed near the stage. Complimentary assistive listening devices and a system that works with personal hearing aids are also available. Trained staff are on hand to offer curb-to-seat assistance. At Steppenwolf and other Chicago theaters offering accessible performances, …