AARP Illinois

Legal Help Available for Older Cook County Residents

Posted on 09/13/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHi there, blog readers! This is Gerardo Cardenas with the AARP Illinois Communications Team. We are certainly grateful for our nation’s laws, but our legal system can often be challenging and confusing, especially for older adults, making them vulnerable to the growing problem of financial and legal abuse and exploitation. Fortunately in Cook County, Ill., the hard work and vision of a judge, a former state government official and a group of volunteers is helping thousands of elderly citizens navigate …

Illinoisans Detest President Obama’s Chained CPI Budget Proposal

Posted on 04/5/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

PoliticsIf Chained CPI is included in the President’s budget proposal, as is being reported today, President Obama is laying out a clear marker that he is willing to cut Social Security and other benefits to balance the budget, which breaks a promise he made when he was elected to office.  On September 6, 2008, Senator Barack Obama told AARP members: ”John McCain’s campaign has suggested that the best answer for the growing pressures on Social Security might be to cut cost of …

Get Busy for Illinois Cares Rx!

Posted on 06/7/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthWe need to Save Illinois Cares Rx…and we can’t do it without you. This is Jenn reporting from the Illinois communications team. We need your help. Last week our staff, our volunteers, our members, and many of the 160,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities who are able to afford their prescription drugs only because of Illinois Cares Rx, were saddened by the news that this critical program has been entirely eliminated from the state budget. That’s right it’s gone. Starting …

Save Illinois Cares RX!

Posted on 05/24/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthToday an Illinois House committee passed a budget bill that will completely eliminate the Illinois Cares Rx prescription drug program, a program that helps low-income seniors access the prescription drugs they need. THIS IS BAD! Nearly 200,000 Illinois seniors rely on the Illinois Cares Rx program to access the prescription drugs they need to maintain their health. If the program is eliminated, many seniors may be forced to stop taking their medications, and health care costs for Illinois will climb …