—   SPRINGFIELD– The facts are staggering. Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills remains over $8.5 billion. Late interest payments owed exceeds $1 billion. Unfunded public pension obligations have reached $130 billion.  Illinois’ credit rating is 50th in the nation and near junk bond status. Yet, Governor Rauner’s proposed budget does not include a long term fiscal plan that would launch the journey toward making Illinois’ fiscal situation stable.  The proposed 2019 fiscal plan does not do nearly enough to protect Illinois …

— It’s that time of year when exercise is top of everyone’s mind. New Year’s health resolutions continue to swirl, a new fitness trend catches on every day, and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games are in full swing. The benefits of regular fitness are widely known, but less discussed are the dangers of excessive exercise Overtraining is a common concern for athletes at every level and every age. Being aware of the signs of overtraining can help you get the most …

—   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 …

— The Best Movies for Grownups to be Honored at the Annual Awards in Los Angeles on Monday, February 5, hosted by Actor Alan Cumming. WASHINGTON, DC—AARP The Magazine is pleased to announce the nominees for the upcoming 17th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, with Get Out, Lady Bird, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri contending in the Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups category. The awards celebrate 2017’s standout films with unique …

— “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 Advisorâ„¢, 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 Illinois Offers Simple Steps to Stay Warm, Urges Residents to Check In on Elderly Friends and Neighbors  CHICAGO– With a record breaking extreme round of cold weather upon us on the first week of 2018, it’s critical to wear layers, stay warm, protect yourself against falls and injuries, and check in on elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors who may be at particular risk of cold-related health problems. Simple, quick steps can help you and others stay warm and safe …

— As we head toward the shortest day of sunlight, it’s a fitting time to talk about vitamin D and the brain. Vitamin D is produced when ultra violet sunlight makes contact with our skin. And studies have indicated that most of us, especially if we religiously use sunscreen in the summer months and live far from the equator, are likely deficient in vitamin D. This may be especially true if we are not supplementing with fortified foods (like some dairy …

— AARP Illinois, in collaboration with the Chicago Sky and 4th Ward Aldermen Sophia King, Jewel Osco, will be collecting nonperishable food items at Jewel-Osco (443 E 34th St, Chicago, IL 60616) on December 12th (from 4-6pm), December 14th(4-6pm), and December 16th (11am-1pm). On December 16th Sky Guy (mascot) and coaches from the Chicago Sky WNBA team will join us for a special day, where prizes and photos will be distributed. All nonperishable items will be donated to the Chicago Food …

— By Dr. Susannah Spiess, MD Rich, delicious foods are irresistible during the holidays but heavy meals can leave us with that all-too-familiar burning pain that moves up to the throat. Heartburn may be a symptom of a more severe condition like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). What is GERD? GERD is a disorder of the digestive tract that can lead to serious complications if left untreated. GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the valve that connects the esophagus to …

— CHICAGO- AARP Chicago is pleased to announce the AARP IL Holiday Celebration benefitting the children of local veterans thorough Veteran Women United. This toy drive and Holiday event is being held to support, honor, and respect our local Veterans and their families AARP believes that working in concert with local residents and service organizations allows us to participate in addressing critical community needs. “We all value our freedom and rights secured by military veterans who are supported by their families. …