— By Kelly Ganski At 59, Rosanna Márquez of Chicago has the same concerns as other 50-plus voters. As the AARP Illinois president, Márquez is in a unique position to hear from older residents about issues important to them. Turns out they’re the same issues she’s passionate about: taxation of retirement income, home- and community-based services and, mainly, the Illinois fiscal crisis. “I’ve heard a lot of seniors say, ‘We’re so concerned, and we’re so frustrated, and we’re fairly scared about …

— Saturday, March 10th: AARP Illinois along with the National Women Veterans United, The United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center honored Women’s History Month and National Consumer Protection Week by launching  Operation Protect Veterans. Operation Protect Veterans mission is help our veterans protect themselves against consumer fraud, identity theft, and other scams-whether by phone, mail, text or internet! According to an AARP Fraud Watch Network’s nationwide survey 16% of U.S. veterans have lost money to fraudsters compared …

— AARP Illinois held a press conference on proposed utilities “rider”  with its partners the Citizens Utility Board and the Illinois Public Interest Research Group standing up for Illinois consumers.   AARP commends  State Representative Will Guzzardi for his leadership in introducing legislation to protect ratepayers against skyrocketing rate. Affordable utilities are essential for our 1.7 million members in Illinois and 38 million members nationwide, but also for all older adults and working families. Utilities are crucial for our health and well-being. Older adults particularly need …

—   SPRINGFIELD– The facts are staggering. Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills remains over $8.5 billion. Late interest payments owed exceeds $1 billion. Unfunded public pension obligations have reached $130 billion.  Illinois’ credit rating is 50th in the nation and near junk bond status. Yet, Governor Rauner’s proposed budget does not include a long term fiscal plan that would launch the journey toward making Illinois’ fiscal situation stable.  The proposed 2019 fiscal plan does not do nearly enough to protect Illinois …

— As we all know, 2018 is a critical year for Illinoisans and all Americans. A lot is at stake in this year’s elections and we want to make sure Illinoisans, and especially those ages 50 and older, have essential information at their disposal in order to make the best decisions for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities. Trust in government is very low. Illinoisans are frustrated at the partisan bickering and gridlock of the last few years. Millions were …

— Do you want to have a voice in making Alton a community where people of all ages: Feel safe in the community Participate in community activities Are treated with respect Have access to safe, appropriate and affordable housing and transportation Have access to recreational opportunities and health services Know what services and activities are available and have access to information by a means they prefer (e.g. online, in print, in-person) Are active, vital contributors to the economic, civic and social …

— BILL SAFEGUARDS CRITICAL SENIOR IN-HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE FOR OVER 80,000 ILLINOISANS Statement by AARP Illinois Director of Advocacy Ryan Gruenenfelder   SPRINGFIELD- “House Bill 1424, sponsored by State Representative Greg Harris and Senator Daniel Biss, is a compassionate, fiscally responsible measure that ensures the state’s leading in-home senior care program, the Community Care Program (CCP), remains intact along with current eligibility standards. CCP provides essential services to older adults and individuals with disabilities, allowing them to stay in the …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli During the past year, Sami Al Ahmadi has improved his Spanish, polished his people skills, attended engaging events and met interesting people—all as an AARP Illinois volunteer. Al Ahmadi, 21, from Hickory Hills, felt the need to volunteer earlier this year, and a Google search led him to AARP. After a brief orientation, he started devoting five to 10 hours a month to volunteer efforts in Chicago, including working the AARP table at Movies for Grownups and …

— AARP Illinois brings its members a variety of resources and information on issues that impact your life. Do you have questions or concerns about Medicare? Learn the basics of the Medicare programs, learn who is eligible, what is covered under the program, costs of participation and what resources are available to you or a loved one. Gain insight into the Medicare program and how to optimize your benefits. This is a free presentation, and information you can’t afford to miss. …

— AARP Illinois today announced that two Illinois communities have been chosen as part of the 89 winners of the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include Batavia Main Street and Go Green Wilmette. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “We received a tremendous response to this program in Illinois as well …