— 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 …

— 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!

— Get Information on the Skills to Get Your Next Job Attend AARP’s live online workshop Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 6-7 p.m. CT When it comes to finding a new job, everyone could improve their networking and interview skills—especially in today’s ultra-competitive market. The good news is, there are some tips and ideas that can help you stand out from the crowd and secure the position you want. Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills is a live online workshop based on …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, and their families, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions …

— 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.

— 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 …

— By Dr. Smita Patel The importance of exercise is a message we hear from health professionals throughout our lives, and we are inundated with fitness messages in the media. Now you can add improved brain health to the long list of benefits from exercising. Research shows that aerobic exercise – such as walking briskly for 30-40 minutes, 3-4 days per week – reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In good weather, you can swap gym memberships, trainers and getting in the …

— 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 …

— More than 120 AARP members, volunteers and guests gathered today in Peoria to hear from their elected officials about the state’s fiscal crisis, economic security, caregiving and other issues important to Illinoisans 50-plus. State Senators Chuck Weaver (Senate District 37) and David Koehler (Senate District 46), State Representative Mike Unes (House District 91), and Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis participated in the legislative breakfast moderated by Brad McMillan, J.D., executive director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service, and …

— 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 …