— 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!

—   After hearing testimony about residents struggling to pay their rapidly rising utility bills, a City Council committee on Wednesday passed a resolution calling for more transparency from and oversight of Peoples Gas. The resolution also urges Illinois lawmakers to pass reform legislation to rein in the out-of-control spending by Peoples Gas because of its mismanaged and ineffective pipeline-replacement program, the “System Modernization Plan.” “We are grateful that Chicago’s elected officials, especially Ald. George Cardenas and Ald. Brendan Reilly, took …

— Springfield, Ill. — Sending a strong message to drug companies that skyrocketing prescription drug prices must be stopped, the Illinois House of Representatives voted Wednesday to implement a novel new program aimed at arming doctors with unbiased, objective information on pharmaceuticals. House members voted 130 to 0 to pass HB 3097, sponsored by Rep. Theresa Mah, (D-2) and aimed at improving patient care and ultimately reducing health care costs. “Residents in Illinois have told us that the high cost of …

— Caregivers and loved ones seeking improved nursing home quality of care now urge the Illinois House of Representatives to pass important measure Illinois nursing home residents subjected to neglect, infection, unauthorized administration of psychotropic drugs and other horrifying consequences – even death — due to inadequate nursing home staffing are one step closer to being protected after the Illinois State Senate passed a bill aimed at improving the quality of nursing home care Wednesday. Senate Bill 1510 passed by a …

— AARP Illinois Launches Aggressive Campaign to Demand Better Nursing Home Care Statewide Non-profit advocacy organization also to host listening sessions for nursing home residents, their loved ones and community leaders Pledging to protect Illinois nursing home residents who are subjected to care that ranks among the worst in the nation, AARP Illinois unveiled dozens of radio ads this week aimed at bringing awareness to the problem. In dozens of 30-second radio spots, which will air between April 1 and April …

— AARP-Illinois Secures Commitment from Mayor-elect Lightfoot to Make Chicago Affordable and Secure for Older Adults   AARP-Illinois congratulates Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot on her historic win and looks forward to working with her on her pledge to improve affordability, public safety and the availability of essential services for older adults living in Chicago. “In the weeks leading up to this election, AARP Illinois worked hard to make the concerns of those 50+ known to the mayoral candidates so they would no …

— New Campaign Focuses on Federal and State Solutions to Cut Drug Prices Now Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Illinois residents and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. “Residents in Illinois have told us that the high cost of prescription …

— New legislation seeks to improve nursing home quality of care; provide much-needed financial relief to family caregivers. Across the state, older adults entrusted to nursing homes for care have been subjected to neglect, infection and other horrifying consequences – even death — due to inadequate staffing which must be addressed, lawmakers and advocates said Tuesday. The situation, as documented by a Chicago Tribune/Kaiser Health News investigation, has prompted the introduction of an important initiative designed to enhance nursing home residents’ …

— 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 …