Illinois

5 Reasons to Care About Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 05/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsNine states have passed Medicaid expansion this year, with another 15 on the brink of extending health coverage to more hard-working citizens. Why is Medicaid expansion, which would extend Medicaid health coverage to people who earn about $15,000 a year (138% of the federal poverty level), so important? Here are the top 5 reasons: 1. 50- to 64-year olds: Medicaid expansion will provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of hard-working Americans between the ages of 50 to 64. Many …

Meet the Springfield Intern

Posted on 02/27/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

WorkHey everyone, my name is Jon and I am the new intern at the AARP Illinois legislative office in Springfield. I attend the University of Illinois at Springfield and am majoring in Political Science with a minor in Anthropology. I grew up in Peotone and moved to Steger to live with my grandmother about ten years ago when my grandfather died. I then went on to attend Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, where I studied Political Science and became …

Our *Yet Unprinted* Response To The Chicago Tribune’s ComEd Fable…

Posted on 12/21/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

PoliticsA couple of days ago the Chicago Tribune ran an editorial that was supposed to make us all feel sorry for ComEd and their oh-so-difficult-struggles to implement a so-called smart grid. It went on to explain how each time ComEd has tried to raise their rates unchecked or how when ComEd refused to refund consumers’ money that was rightfully theirs, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) got in the way. WOW, what was the ICC thinking…*sarcasm*  As many of you know, AARP Illinois (and thousands of our members), …

AARP Illinois Out in Force for Day of Service

Posted on 09/21/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeFrom Chicago and its suburbs, to Rockford in the north and Springfield downstate, AARP staff and volunteers were out in force on Day of Service working to make a difference for seniors, veterans and low-income families. Fighting hunger, helping seniors and volunteers, and keeping the memory of 9/11 alive were the main focus points as AARP staffers and dozens of volunteers spread across Illinois to engage in Day of Service projects in Chicago, the Chicago suburbs, Rockford and state capital …

Aeroponic Gardens for Good!

Posted on 09/7/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringHappy Friday! Jenn here to tell you about one of our latest community projects that has just come to fruition (literally, haha) – the Aeoroponic roof garden for good! On Wednesday, July 18, The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Corps Community Center celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Aeroponic Tower Garden.  Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil. AARP and The Salvation Army partnered on the effort to promote healthy food options to local seniors in the Blue Island …

Free AARP Member Movie Screening – Hope Springs on Aug. 1st

Posted on 07/18/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeBlog readers! Hi! It’s Jenn from the Communications staff here at AARP Illinois  Would you like to come and hang out with us at the movies next week? We’ll buy!  AARP Members are invited to a free AARP Movies for Grownups pre-release screening of Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.  Our staff is really excited that we’re doing such a fun event  (seriously we’ve been discussing it in the hallways all week) and we hope that you and your friends and family …