— 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 REQUEST FOR ARTIST PROPOSALS Día de Muertos en Chicago – CTA Pink Line Train Project Commissioned by AARP Chicago DEADLINE EXTENDED:  Proposals due: 11:59 PM (CT) on July, 4, 2018       Purpose of this Request: AARP Chicago will “wrap” a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Pink Line Train with a Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) theme. To that end, AARP Chicago will work with the Pilsen Planning Committee’s (PPC) Pilsen Arts & Culture Committee (PACC) …

— (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 …

— With only hours left in the 2018 regular legislative session, Illinois legislators passed a balanced budget to the Governor for the first time in years. AARP Illinois issued the following statement today applauding the Illinois General Assembly for responsibly working together in a bi-partisan collaborative manner to pass a balanced budget. “Under the Illinois Constitution, the General Assembly has one job – to pass a balanced state budget, and today they listened to those saying “Enough is Enough” and did …

— HEARTBREAK HOTEL follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his burgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’s career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months. This brand new musical features hit songs from the King …

— Interested in giving back to your community and having fun?  Volunteer with AARP Driver Safety which helps older drivers stay safe on the road.* Sign up today to be an Instructor for our AARP Smart Driver™ classroom course: Training is easy and resources are 100% provided No special skills or AARP membership required Be a part of a local Driver Safety community of dedicated volunteer Be a part of a local Driver Safety community of dedicated volunteers Become a volunteer …

— 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 …

— Chicago, IL. – Illinois consumers, businesses, cities and state taxpayers all could score a big win in the 2018 Illinois legislative session if state Senate leaders allow a vote on legislation to rein in unpredictable, skyrocketing prices in generic and off-patent medications, according to AARP Illinois and the former mayor of a northern Illinois city recently featured on “60 Minutes.” Former Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey joined AARP Illinois in calling on state Senate President John Cullerton to schedule an immediate …

— Springfield, Ill. – As key legislation to stop generic prescription-drug price-gouging appears stalled in the state Senate, pressure is growing on Senate leaders to allow a fast up-or-down vote on the bill. “Only days remain in the 2018 legislative session for Illinois Senate leaders to stop stalling the progress of this legislation,” said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois state director.  “With national news shining a glaring light on how generic prescription-drug price-gouging is ripping off  Illinois families, local governments and state …

—  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 …