2004 News for Older Adults

December 2004

October 2004

  • October 13 – Madigan urges consumers, businesses, health care providers to promptly report cases of flu vaccine price gouging
  • October 7 – Don't Give Up on Getting Flu Shot, Leader Says
  • October 5 – Gov. Blagojevich hits the road on three-day statewide tour to promote new I-SaveRx prescription drug buying program
  • October 4 – Residents' Rights Week set for October 3 - 9. Week highlights importance of resident-focused care
  • October 4 – Gov. Blagojevich and Cong. Emanuel joined by Wisconsin Gov. Doyle in launching I-SaveRx prescription drug importation program; Citizens of IL and WI now able to purchase Rx drugs from Europe and Canada

September 2004

  • September 29 – 2005 White House Conference On Aging Launches New Web Site
  • September 27 – Gov. Blagojevich gives go ahead to expand Supportive Living Facility Program
  • September 22 – Department on Aging Celebrates National Employ the Older Worker Week
  • September 16 – State, Federal Funding Provides Health Coverage for Elderly

August 2004

  • August 31 – Gov. Blagojevich announces state now accepting early applications for energy assistance grants
  • August 27 – Gov. Blagojevich signs new law supporting home-based care for seniors
  • August 26 – Gov. Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Emanuel call on Pfizer to halt plans to deny Illinois residents access to affordable medications
  • August 24 – Blagojevich uses amendatory veto power to clear path for more federal Medicaid dollars
  • August 19 – Quinn salutes the Illinois General Assembly for passing the Comprehensive Care in Residential Settings Demonstration Project, a successful program for rural senior citizens that provides both affordable housing and supportive services
  • August 17 – Governor Blagojevich announces plan to make Illinois first state in the nation to provide consumers with access to prescription drugs from Canada, Ireland and the UK
  • August 10 – Governor Blagojevich signs new law giving seniors more options for support to live in their communities
  • August 5 – Gov. Blagojevich signs law providing more support to family caregivers
  • August 5 – Gov. Blagojevich signs law protecting Illinois senior citizens from fraud and deception. New law protects seniors seeking reverse mortgages from unscrupulous lenders
  • August 5 – Seniors to "Tell It Like It Was" at Fair
  • August 2 – Governor Blagojevich signs law aimed at prevention and treament of Osteoporosis

July 2004

  • July 30 – Governor Blagojevich signs Fiscal Year 2005 Budget
  • July 13 – Circuit Breaker Pharmaceutical Assistance Moves…State Program Transfers to Improve Outreach

June 2004

  • June 4 – Hot Weather More Serious for Seniors

May 2004

  • May 2 – Governor announces new Illinois Rx Buying Club promotional efforts during National Senior Citizens Month. State partners with Jewel-Osco to make seniors aware of new discount program, launches public service announcement campaign

April 2004

  • April 20 – Aging Wins Grant to Streamline Information System

March 2004

  • March 25 – Hall of Fame Applications Ready
  • March 23 – Madigan, Department on Aging Warn Illinois Seniors to Beware of Misleading Prescription Drug Card Offers

February 2004

  • February 20 – Madigan Warns of Fraud Targeting Clients of Illinois' Circuit Breaker Program

January 2004

  • January 22 – Governor Announces $23 Million in Grants for Acquisition and Development of Local Parks

For more information, call the Illinois Department on Aging's Senior HelpLine.