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Connect with your legislators using this hotline provided  by AFSCME Council 31 for anyone to use: 877.890.2056 Tell them: “Do the right thing now! Support the plan for an additional $500 million payment toward the state’s pension debt. On Monday, March 8th, retired teac... Read more

President Biden Addresses Retirees’ Needs at State of the Union

For Immediate Release March 2, 2022 Contact: David Blank – 202/637-5275 or   President Biden Addresses Retirees’ Needs at State of the Union: Lower Prescription Drug Prices, Voting Rights, Safer Nursing Homes The following statement... Read more

Friday Alert

Seniors Praise Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court "Judge Jackson is exceptionally qualified to serve on the Supreme Court," said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance. "We have every confidence that she will safeguard the civil rights of all Ameri... Read more

Take Action to Win for Retirees and Working Families in 2022!

November 8th, 2022 is Election Day, and retirees and working families will face important decisions on the ballot.  The Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans is calling on you to join us in organizing the power of the retiree vote this election by signing up to help mobilize ... Read more

Pass Build Back Better for Seniors!

  On November 19th, 2021, the House voted 220-213 to pass the Build Back Better Act, H.R. 5376, sending President Biden’s sweeping plan to invest in middle class families and expand long-awaited social programs to the U.S. Senate. The much anticipated bill lingered... Read more

Presidents Report – Winter 2022

  Fellow retiree leaders, 2021 was an exciting & challenging year of growth for the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans. Our nimble & careful approach enabled us to remain effective in building our power while keeping safe amidst new COVID-19 variants. &nbs... Read more

Update: 2021 IARA Biennial Convention

This year IARA held our Biennial Convention virtually, electing our board of directors, & featuring movement leaders on the challenges & opportunities for the labor movement & retirees. Speakers included Illinois AFL-CIO’s political director, Bill Looby, as well as ... Read more

Watch: 2021 Senior Power Celebration

  We are proud to have honored Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch with the 2021 Jerry Prete Award at this year's IARA 2021 Senior Power Celebration for his accomplished leadership and steadfast commitment to seniors, workers, and a bold progressive vision for Illinois. &nbs... Read more

Drunita Steward – Chicago Teachers Union

Drunita Steward taught secondary mathematics  for over 35 years and has served as a Chicago Teachers Union delegate for over 45 years both as an Active Teacher and a Retired Teacher. Her roles at CTU include District Supervisor and organizer for retired delegates. She is als... Read more