— 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!

— Projects led by CDOT, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Village of Bull Valley will improve pedestrian safety and demo new housing models for older Illinoisans CHICAGO—AARP has announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including two projects in the Chicago area. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications were …

— Communities across Illinois are working each and every day to become more livable for residents of all ages. In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge to help them jumpstart progress on ongoing work. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 129 organizations, with at least one in every state, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico, including right here in Illinois.  The Community Challenge grants provide communities with …

— 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 …

— (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 …

— 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.

— By Lisa Bertagnoli Robert Anderson was barely retired when an Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brother asked him to volunteer for Experience Corps, the AARP Foundation program that trains and places tutors in Chicago public schools. “There was a little bit of tugging on the heartstrings,” said Anderson, 69, a former educator who lives in the Roseland neighborhood. “He said, ‘Bob, you’ve done this with youngsters. You know how to do it.’ ” Anderson had planned a retirement filled with golf and …

— Imagine this: AARP volunteers are asked to turn out for a three-mile hike – on Sunday – in fact, on Mother’s Day.  And after it’s over, they’re thanking AARP for the opportunity.  That had to have been a fun event. That’s what happened when 38 AARP Illinois members, decked out in pink AARP T-shirts, led a breast-cancer awareness and fundraising walk in Chicago’s historic Beverly neighborhood on May 13. Volunteers distributed 1,000 AARP-branded cups of coffee and 1,000 AARP drawstring …

—   Join AARP Chicago on Wednesday, April 25th for A Global Look at Challenges Facing Black Chicago.  This event will take place at the University of Chicago’s Ida Noyes Hall located at 1212 East 59th with doors opening at 5:45 pm; the show time is 6:30pm – 8pm. In commemoration of the historic events that occurred in 1968, our panel will analyze methods of resistance used among oppressed people globally in hopes of identifying actionable solutions to gentrification, racial wealth gaps, pay …

—  Chicago- In February and March, AARP Chicago, AARP Experience Corps and AARP’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in collaboration with 13 local churches celebrated 25 Black History Month Heroes. The Heroes were chosen by their churches and were current and retired Chicago Public School educators.   Working in partnership with church leaders who chose the awardees, AARP staff members and volunteers joined in Sunday services for the presentation of a beautifully framed piece of African Art from a local gallery …

— By Kelly Soderlund As a nearly 27-year resident of Springfield, Howard Peters cares about improving it. During his daily three-mile walk along Meadowbrook Road, Peters is able to enjoy what Springfield has to offer. But he also has a front-row view of how the streets could be improved with safer options for pedestrians and bicyclists. “The older population tends to be concerned about the extent to which their community is safe,” said Peters, 72. “Safe not only for them to …