— 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!

—   Join AARP and the Citizens Utility Board to have your utility bills analyzed. In addition to finding unnecessary charges on your electric, natural gas and phone bills, we will provide educational materials on improving your home as you age and how to protect yourself from scams. This free clinic holds the answers to all of your utility-related questions. Bring copies of your gas, electric and phone bills for a free one-on-one analysis from one of our experts. Registration is …

— Chicago –   AARP Chicago this week unveiled original artwork on a CTA Pink Line train in honor of Dia de Muertos, a first-of-its kind initiative aimed at connecting  with thousands of Mexican American residents living in the Chicago area  in time for one of the most significant days on the calendar for the Mexican community. The campaign, which features a design by local artist Elizabeth Reyes, will be visible to commuters both inside and outside the train and is intended …

— Get to know AARP at our Volunteer Mixer Our volunteers make a difference in Chicago. Join us to find out more about what AARP Illinois is doing in the community and how you can get involved. AARP works with legislators, individuals, and partner organizations to improve health care quality and access; to educate people about the importance of saving and managing money; and to protect consumers from fraud. We also have volunteers at movies, festivals, and live theater events. Bring …

— 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 …

— AARP in Chicago is throwing a party in the park and everyone is invited! Come to see the Zebra Sisters and enjoy games, giveaways, music and cake! So bring your picnic basket, blanket, chairs, etc. and meet new people at this fun and free event. Be sure to meet our staff and volunteers, learn more about our upcoming events and discover all the ways you can Take on Today and every day.   UNION PARK | GROVE 9 | 1501 …

— 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.