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  2008 News for Seniors  

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December 2008

  • 12/ 28 /08 – Governor Blagojevich Announces $2 Million in Grants to Help Persons with Disabilities Stay in Their Own Homes
  • 12/ 23 /08 – Advocates Recognized for their Outstanding Service to Older Adults
  • 12/ 16 /08 – A Last-minute Reminder to Seniors to Sign Up for Illinois Cares Rx by the December Deadline
  • 12/ 04 /08 – Department on Aging Warns of Scams Against Seniors
  • 12/ 03 /08 – Blagojevich Administration Unveils Disaster Preparedness Guide for Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities

November 2008

  • 11/26 /08 – Department on Aging Thanks Caregivers During National Family Caregiver Month
  • 11/ 25 /08 – Department on Aging Warns Seniors to Prepare Homes and Get Flu Shots in Preparation for Winter
  • 11/ 15 /08 – Governor Blagojevich Encourages Illinois Seniors to Apply for Illinois Cares Rx
  • 11/ 09 /08 – Governor Blagojevich Announces Nearly $200,000 in Research Grants to Study Alzheimerís Disease

October 2008

  • 10/ 31 /08 – Blagojevich Administration Now Accepting Applications for Home Energy Grants
  • 10/ 27 /08 – Dept. on Aging Announces Senior Hall of Fame Inductees; Presents Governorís Unique Achievement Awards
  • 10/ 23 /08 – Governor Blagojevich Announces Free Rides on Public Transportation for More Than 275,000 Low-Income People with Disabilities Statewide
  • 10/ 09 /08 – Blagojevich Administration Announces More Supportive Living for Low-Income Seniors, People with Physical Disabilities
  • 10/ 05 /08 – Department on Aging Touts Rights of Residents in Long-Term Care During Weeklong Observance
  • 10/ 05 /08 – Governor Blagojevich Reminds Illinoisans to File for Federal Economic Stimulus Payments before October 15.

September 2008

  • 09/ 17 /08 – Department on Aging hosts Awards Ceremony in Conjunction with National Employ the Older Worker Week
  • 09/ 11 /08 – Nearly 150,000 Seniors Get Help from Stateís HelpLine
  • 09/ 06 /08 – Governor Blagojevich Recognizes Grandparents Raising Grandchildren on National Grandparents Day

August 2008

  • 08/ 26 /08 – Governor Blagojevich expands Free Rides program to include people with disabilities
  • 08/ 20 /08 – Seniors urged to file federal tax returns in order to receive their economic stimulus checks
  • 08/ 13 /08 – Illinois to develop strategy to encourage civic engagement for seniors
  • 08/ 08 /08 – "Senior Day" at the Illinois State Fair is set for Monday, August 11
  • 08/ 01 /08 – Governor Blagojevich signs new law to protect consumers from having their electricity shut off during extreme heat

July 2008

  • 07/ 23 /08 – Governor Blagojevich reminds seniors and people with disabilities to sign-up for Illinois Cares Rx and Circuit Breaker to avoid break in coverage
  • 07/ 07 /08 – Governor Blagojevich reminds families that the state provides cooling centers as safehavens from the heat this summer
  • 07/ 01 /08 – Gov. Blagojevich launches "Break the Silence" Campaign to increase awareness about Elder Abuse

June 2008

  • 06/ 12 /08 – Blagojevich Administration officials launch 2008 Keep Cool Illinois Campaign to help families stay cool, safe, and healthy this summer
  • 06/ 11 /08 – Department on Aging Announces "National Employ the Older Worker Week"
  • 06/ 04 /08 – Seniors warned about IRS Economic Stimulus Scam

March 2008

  • 03/ 28 /08 – Gov. Blagojevich announces partnership with Center for Economic Progress to help seniors, veterans get their federal economic stimulus payments
  • 03/ 18 /08 – Gov. Blagojevich announces 2008 State Fair theme: "A Family Tradition"

February 2008

  • 02/ 20 /08 – Gov. Blagojevich proposes Fiscal Year 2009 budget focused on boosting Illinois' economy and helping working families
  • 02/ 07 /08 – Governor Blagojevich announces more than 50,000 seniors pre-register for free mass transit
  • 02/ 06 /08 – Gov. Blagojevich urges seniors and disabled persons to sign-up for Illinois Cares Rx and Circuit Breaker online now to avoid break in coverage

January 2008

  • 01/ 18 /08 – Gov. Blagojevich takes final action on plan to avert CTA doomsday and provide free public transportation to seniors

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