Seniors Group Issues Voting Record Report Ahead of Illinois Primary

Jan 23, 2018

AARP Spokesman Ryan Gruenenfelder speaks about the group's efforts at a press conference on Jan. 23.
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With primary season underway, AARP Illinois is ramping up efforts to educate voters before they head to the polls next month.



AARP spokesman Ryan Gruenenfelder said the group’s nearly two million Illinois members consistently turn out to the polls.

Its new online report on the voting records of state lawmakers is at the center of an effort to make sure those voters, quote “make a decision for themselves.” 

“We know our members vote. We know that people over 50 vote. And they need to be educated, and they want to be educated on these issues that are important to them,” Gruenenfelder said.

The report details where lawmakers have stood on the group’s legislative priorities, like utility rate regulation and state health care for senior citizens.

Early voting in Illinois begins on February 8th.