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Lisa Bertagnoli

Seven entities around the state received 2023 AARP Community Challenge grants, totaling more than $45,000, for quick-turnaround projects focused on improving public spaces, facilitating transportation and creating public art.
Six organizations in Illinois received 2023 AARP Community Challenge grants—totaling nearly $57,000. Projects included home modifications, intersection improvements and a community garden.
Illinois ranked 16th per capita in the number of fraud and other incidents in 2022, with nearly $200 million in fraud losses, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Many Indiana residents—who already face above-average energy bills—could see their utility expenses jump even higher if regulators approve a recent rate increase request from the state's second largest distributor of electricity.
AARP Community Challenge grants have created new routes for enjoying the outdoors and improved accessibility, among other benefits for Illinois residents.
A new law passed with support from AARP Illinois will ensure older LGBTQ residents get the care and respect they deserve.
Property tax relief, an end to utility surcharges, expanded retirement savings options—those and other changes could make the state more affordable for residents. What other ways could state leaders help cash-strapped older residents stay in their own homes?
A church in Chicago, a Peoria nonprofit, and the city of Urbana were among the AARP Community Challenge grant winners in Illinois.
A new ordinance that allows additional dwelling units, which are secondary structures built on existing lots, can help to alleviate social isolation by allowing older Chicagoans to live affordably near their families. 
Insufficient retirement income is one of many economic and health challenges detailed in “Disrupt Disparities,” a report from AARP Illinois that recommends specific legislative, policy and other changes to reduce these inequities.
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