— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Illinois for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— AARP Illinois applauds Gov. Pritzker for protecting retirement income and fully funding Community Care Program Springfield – AARP Illinois commends Gov. Pritzker for his continued commitment – both in his proposed budget and in his stance during his first 180 days in office — to not taxing retirement income as a means of solving the state’s fiscal crisis. AARP Illinois has noted that retirees did not create the current state fiscal crisis, nor did they anticipate in their lifetime of planning …

— Join AARP Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times as we tell candidates what Chicagoans want in our next mayor. Meet us in your community and make your voice heard. We will take your responses directly to the candidates. South Side Community Forum – Wednesday March 13, 7 to 9 p.m. Panelists: Chicago Sun-Times columnists Mary Mitchell and Mark Brown, Editor-in-Chief Chris Fusco, WVON special guest, AARP State Volunteer President Rosanna Marquez and other esteemed Chicago experts. DuSable Museum of African American …

— AARP Chicago on Tuesday released the results of a groundbreaking survey that shows what older voters are most concerned about as they prepare to elect a new mayor. Older Chicago voters want a mayor who will address affordability, crime and violence, and other factors that keep Chicago from being the city where they can live with their families for years to come.  These voters want a safe, secure city with a reasonable cost of living and supportive essential services that …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli At her book club and among her church friends, Mary Patton senses anger over the way elected officials are handling the state’s budget crisis. About $130 billion in unfunded public pension obligations looms, and the state’s budget has a $1.2 billion deficit. Patton, 82, a former teacher and Peoria County circuit clerk, is a longtime AARP Illinois advocacy volunteer. “We have worked on many of these issues for more than 20 years,” she said. “We fight the …

Beware of holiday scams!

— During the holiday season, AARP Illinois is reminding members how to protect themselves from fraud and scams. Beware of deals that are too good to be true. Type in a retailer’s website instead of clicking on an emailed link. Avoid public Wi-Fi for making purchases and always use a credit card rather than a debit card. Buy gift cards directly from the retail store instead of from open racks, where thieves can skim information. Ask the cashier to scan the …

— 60 Seconds With the Candidates: Illinois Governor 60 Seconds With the Candidates: Illinois Governor — Aging In Illinois Americans age 50 and older contribute more than $7 trillion to the U.S. economy; in Illinois, that amounts to more than $358.8 billion. What will you do to ensure that older consumers will want to remain in Illinois and to foster their continued contributions to the state’s economy? 60 Seconds With the Candidates: Illinois Governor — Financial Security of Retirees What is your long-term …

—   On October 2, 2018, join AARP Chicago for a Town Hall meeting throughout Chicagoland to share your story on how the fiscal crisis is impacting your community. For too long the state of Illinois has suffered through a lengthy fiscal crisis that continues to impact all of its citizens. When will state finances be restored, service providers paid, vulnerable residents in need of caregiving services receive proper attention, and the state’s debt burden be resolved? Join us in the Loop, Bronzeville, …

— By Kelly Ganski Out on a Meals on Wheels delivery last year in O’Fallon, Theresa Collins knocked on the door of a 74-year-old veteran, a double amputee in a wheelchair. The man used to receive five hot-meal deliveries a week, but because of state budget delays, the nonprofit Senior Services Plus could make only two deliveries a week. To compensate, they included three frozen meals. “He told me to just leave them out on the counter because he couldn’t physically …

— On behalf of its 1.6 million members, AARP Illinois commends Governor Bruce Rauner for signing House Bill 5752, which establishes a broadband advisory council to explore ways to expand and increase broadband throughout Illinois, into law. AARP Illinois also commends House sponsor Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie and Senate sponsor Senator Linda Holmes for their hard work passing this bi-partisan legislation through the Illinois General Assembly. A statement from AARP Illinois Director of Advocacy & Outreach Ryan Gruenenfelder as follows: “Access …

— Join AARP Illinois to advocate for what is important to our members and community members. We’re seeking volunteers to lead the charge in your house district. It’s critical for your representatives to hear directly from people like you. The time commitment is minimal and this is a great opportunity to make a difference across Illinois. If you want to make your voice heard by becoming an AARP In-District Volunteer, please contact Ellen Acevedo at eacevedo [at] aarp [dot] org.