— 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!

— 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 …

— Federal tax reforms enacted in December 2017 are likely to affect AARP members and their families in both positive and negative ways. To help people position themselves for the current tax year, AARP Illinois is hosting a series of presentations in Springfield. The first event will be at the AARP office, 300 W. Edwards St., on Saturday, June 23, 10-11:30 a.m. The other presentations will be at the Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7th St., on Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m.-noon, …

—   CHICAGO— Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program, across the nation as well as right here in Illinois. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers …

— “Interview an Advisor’ Guides Process with Questions about Qualifications and Standards” Chicago, IL—Investors seeking services from a professional financial advisor will benefit from a free online tool, AARP Interview an Advisor™, launched today by AARP and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). The new resource is designed to take the guesswork and mystery out of the process of interviewing and hiring a financial advisor. It walks the user through a short series of suggested questions to ask a financial …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli Two years ago, Carolyn Hicks worked to ensure passage of the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Act. It proposed a plan for about 2.5 million Illinois workers who don’t have access to a job-based retirement savings plan. In January 2015, then-Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed the bill into law. Secure Choice should be up and running early in 2018. “I am elated,” said Hicks, owner of Renaissance Adult Day & Homemaker Services, based on Chicago’s South Side. She …

— With key U.S. Senate and congressional races heating up for the November elections, AARP will be at the state fair in Springfield, Aug. 11-21, engaging thousands of people in urging candidates to explain their plans to keep Social Security strong for current and future generations. “People who have worked hard and paid into Social Security deserve to know how candidates will ensure the benefits they’ve earned will keep up with inflation and continue to provide a secure source of income …

— The refund that flows from a properly prepared tax return can be a windfall for someone living on a fixed income and facing rising health care costs. AARP Illinois encourages members to take advantage of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, which last year helped more than 82,000 Illinoisans file more than 55,000 tax returns at 201 sites across the state. The program—which has assisted more than 50 million U.S. taxpayers since 1968—is open to everyone, although priority is given to taxpayers age …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli For 28 years, Mary Anne Stewart, of Rock Island, has spent a big chunk of her spring doing tax returns. What could easily be a circle of hell for some people is satisfying for Stewart, a retired librarian with an MBA. Her work, as a volunteer and district coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Illinois, “always reminds me that the world is made up of all different types of people, with different problems,” said Stewart, …