Five utility companies in the state have requested rate increases, saying they're needed to improve infrastructure, cover operating and maintenance costs, and comply with new state clean energy mandates. But consumer advocates argue the rate increases would hurt residents, especially older adults.
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?
AARP Illinois is pushing lawmakers to improve conditions in long-term care facilities. Key legislative priorities include calling for regular COVID-19 testing and adequate personal protective equipment, better telecommunication options for caregivers and families, heightened accountability for nursing homes, and transparency on state and federal funding that goes to facilities.