state budget

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 …

AARP to Legislators: Think Before You Cut

Posted on 04/4/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHey blog readers – Jenn here from the communications team. This week I caught up with our staffer David Vinkler down in our Springfield office. He’s our expert on all things related to the state budget as well as home and community based services in Illinois.  He’s pretty much buried right now – analyzing where that elusive $2.8 billion (yeah that’s right, BILLION) in proposed cuts might come from in order for legislators to balance the  state budget by May 31st. …

Celebrate Good Times…Waukegan!

Posted on 01/18/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringHi there blog readers – Jenn from the communications team reporting on some of the AARP activities that are going on in Waukegan, Illinois this month. At times AARP can seem like a ginormous organization but did you know that we have offices in all 50 states? Each of those state offices is doing really cool things on a local level. Fom advocacy to community based activities we’re there and we hope you’ll join us! This month in Waukegan longtime …