— More than 120 AARP members, volunteers and guests gathered today in Peoria to hear from their elected officials about the state’s fiscal crisis, economic security, caregiving and other issues important to Illinoisans 50-plus. State Senators Chuck Weaver (Senate District 37) and David Koehler (Senate District 46), State Representative Mike Unes (House District 91), and Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis participated in the legislative breakfast moderated by Brad McMillan, J.D., executive director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service, and …

— Cook County seniors still have time to save on their property taxes. County Treasurer Maria Pappas recently announced as many as 31,000 seniors may still be eligible for exemptions on their property tax bills due August 1.  The exemptions can be worth hundreds of dollars, according to Pappas. Many seniors in Cook County are eligible for the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption and Senior Freeze Exemption, but must reapply for the savings each year. To check the status of your tax …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— AARP Illinois will participate in a Grandparents Day celebration on Friday, Aug. 10, at Crest Hill Library, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, in Crest Hill, about 40 miles southwest of Chicago. Grandparents and their grandchildren can celebrate from 10 a.m.-noon with an ice cream social, face painting, crafts and more. AARP Illinois is providing the ice cream. This free, fun-filled, kid-friendly event is an example of AARP’s commitment to communities and families throughout the state. To be sure there’s enough ice …

—   AARP REQUEST FOR ARTIST PROPOSALS Día de Muertos en Chicago – CTA Pink Line Train Project Commissioned by AARP Chicago DEADLINE EXTENDED:  Proposals due: 11:59 PM (CT) on July, 4, 2018       Purpose of this Request: AARP Chicago will “wrap” a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Pink Line Train with a Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) theme. To that end, AARP Chicago will work with the Pilsen Planning Committee’s (PPC) Pilsen Arts & Culture Committee (PACC) …

— (Alton, IL) AARP Illinois recently sponsored a legislative update breakfast at Senior Services Plus (SSP) as an opportunity for Alton and Southern Illinois residents to meet and interact with key elected officials. Participants had an opportunity to ask questions or share concerns regarding issues of importance to them, including Illinois’ fiscal crisis, caregiving, financial security, and health care. Illinois State Representative Monica Bristow discussed the recent passage of the Illinois budget, Illinois bill payment backlogs, the opioid crisis, the progressive …

— Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are a class of drugs that treat acid reflux and peptic ulcers. The three most commonly prescribed PPIs are omeprazole, pantoprazole and esomeprazole. In recent years, some studies reported that PPIs increase risk for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. We hear patients asking questions about this issue, so I’d like to clarify what we currently know about this risk. Some large-scale observational studies have found that people taking PPIs long-term were more likely to develop dementia …

— Join AARP IL  to advocate for what is important to our members.  You can do this by reaching your legislators in their home districts. The time commitment is minimal and this is a great opportunity to meet new people!  “AARP believes that volunteer service is a unique and valuable contribution which benefits both the volunteer and society…” Position Function The In District Liaison will work closely with staff partner(s) to engage State Representatives and State Senators in each of their …

— Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month each May is a time to celebrate, reflect on and pay homage to the many generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who contributed their talents to America’s history. AARP IL is committed to being part of the community helps people turn goals and dreams into real possibilities.

— With only hours left in the 2018 regular legislative session, Illinois legislators passed a balanced budget to the Governor for the first time in years. AARP Illinois issued the following statement today applauding the Illinois General Assembly for responsibly working together in a bi-partisan collaborative manner to pass a balanced budget. “Under the Illinois Constitution, the General Assembly has one job – to pass a balanced state budget, and today they listened to those saying “Enough is Enough” and did …