—   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 …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— 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 …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CT Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CT What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— “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 Advisor™, 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 …

— Join our online event for free job searching tips, tools resources, interactive videos, recruiter chats and more. AARP’s Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work & Skills Thursday, January 25, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT You can find jobs that don’t require 40-plus hours a week in just about every industry and company. But why choose part-time work? You may miss the office camaraderie after stopping full-time work. Or you may want some extra income to travel or fund …

— 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 …

— 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 …