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Spotlight: New York’s Rising Utility Rates

Posted on 03/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsWhile Washington, D.C., has been home for the last 25 years, I grew up in New York and am still a New Yorker at heart. I miss many things about the Empire State, but definitely not the winters — especially this year, when the strong storms and bitter cold have been brutal. During the harsh winter months, it is critical that we all are able to keep our homes warm and the lights on. For New Yorkers, this is becoming …

AARP Announces 2014 Advocacy Agenda: Across the States

Posted on 02/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAARP is fighting for older Americans and their families in states across the country, focused on the key issues they are facing, front-and-center, in their daily lives.  Our state advocacy work is driven by AARP’s state offices – located in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands – where we work with governors, state legislators, other policymakers and in collaboration with numerous community partners.  In 2014 AARP is focusing on: Supporting Family Caregivers AARP is …

ComEd Owes You Money – And They Won’t Pay Up!

Posted on 03/28/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHi Illinois friends! This is Gerardo, from the AARP Illinois Communications Team…. I’m sure you’d agree with me – if somebody owed you some money, you’d want them to pay up as soon as possible. What if that somebody owed you $37 million? Well, utility giant Commonwealth Edison owes its Northern Illinois customers $37 million dating back to 2007. The State has ordered them to pay, and pay soon. And ComEd is fighting the order in court. Can you believe …

Nursing Homes in Illinois: The Next Steps

Posted on 02/16/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHello, readers. This is Gerardo with AARP Illinois’ Communications team. It was less than two years ago that advocates, legislators and state government got together to craft legislation that has significantly improved care and safety conditions for thousands of nursing home residents in Illinois. AARP was at the center of the reform along with SEIU, Illinois Citizens for Better Care, The Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and the Community Renewal Society.  State Senators Heather Steans and Jacqueline Collins, and State Reps. …

Don’t Steal From Grandma – Especially In Illinois

Posted on 01/12/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHey all, Jenn here from the AARP Illinois Communications team. In this post I wanted to tell you about some of the legislative work that AARP staffer  Ryan Gruenenfelder has been doing down in Springfield.   I spoke with Ryan yesterday about House Bill 1689 – a bill  that goes into effect in Illinois this month which addresses an issue that he’s been working on for about 3  years – cracking  down on those sad,  sad souls who try to steal Social …