— 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 …

— 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, …