Illinois Legislature Recognizes Pivotal Role of Caregivers

Hello there! It’s Heather with the AARP Illinois Communications Team, bringing you good news about caregiving in Illinois! On May 29th, the General Assembly unanimously adopted House Resolution 80 – a measure that recognizes the pivotal role of family caregivers in Illinois. With the resolution, the General Assembly pledges to review state policies and support current state programs that address the needs of caregivers while also urging the Illinois Department on Aging to create a work group that focuses on …

Medicaid Expansion One Step Closer In Illinois

Hey blog readers, This is Gerardo with AARP Illinois’ Communications Team. Legislators in Springfield may not be able to reach agreements on state pensions or concealed carry, but there’s one important thing that they did agree on – that health care should be available to Illinoisans who need it and cannot afford it! How did that happen? This week, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill that will bring much needed relief to thousands of hard-working Illinoisans who are struggling financially …

Great News for Illinoisans Looking for Health Coverage

Hey blog readers! This is Gerardo Cardenas with AARP Illinois’ Communications Team bringing you great news from our state Capitol in Springfield! For too long, thousands of Illinoisans have not had access to basic health and dental care even when employed. But on May 23rd, the State Senate passed a key legislative measure that will establish the state’s first Health Insurance Marketplace. House Bill 3227  passed the Senate by a vote of 39-19 and is on its way to the State House. We …

5 Reasons to Care About Medicaid Expansion

Nine 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

Hey 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…

A 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), …