Illinois

Come and join us for Senior Celebration Month at the Farmer’s Market!

Posted on 07/5/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Home & FamilyHey there, blog readers! If July finds you in Springfield, please do not miss the opportunity to join AARP, the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Springfield Clinic at the Farmers Market as we celebrate Seniors throughout the entire month. That’s right! AARP has teamed up with the Department of Agriculture and Springfield Clinic to sponsor the Farmers Market and design a series of senior-friendly activities, from health screenings, to special discounts, and even musical entertainment  and Illinois Products Bingo! Seniors who …

Time to put a stop to ComEd’s greed

Posted on 06/29/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHello, blog readers! This is Gerardo from the AARP Illinois communications team! It didn’t really take long for ComEd to reveal the true nature of its so-called ‘smart grid’ law, and guess what? It’s not about modernization, it’s not about jobs – it’s about taking more of your hard-earned money by charging higher rates. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) – the state’s main regulatory agency – recently ordered ComEd to reduce its rates by $169 million in 2012.This was not …

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 …

The Illinois State Budget Has Passed…Dislike.

Posted on 05/31/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHey everyone it’s late…Jenn here from the communications team reporting on the Illinois State budget. Here’s the news:  The General Assembly passed a state budget that will mean bad news for thousands of Illinois seniors.  In an effort to balance the state budget, the General Assembly has been penny-wise and pound-foolish and has effectively turned their backs on thousands of seniors who rely on the Illinois Cares Rx prescription drug program and other home and community based service programs. The …

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 …

Volunteers and Legislators Come Together at AARP Illinois Legislative Reception

Posted on 05/10/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeThank you to staffer Scott Musser for writing the blog post this week!  On Tuesday night after lobbying in the Capitol, AARP volunteers and staff had the opportunity to socialize with elected officials at the first AARP Illinois Legislative Reception in Springfield. Each week during legislative session AARP volunteers from across the state come to the Capitol to lobby on behalf of older Illinoisans and AARP Illinois’ 1.7 million members. “Most of the time our volunteers only see their elected …