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The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter invites you to become an Alzheimer’s Advocate and join us in speaking up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. We are the largest group in Illinois advocating on behalf of those living with Alzheimer’s disease.

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United States Senator Dick Durbin on Alzheimer’s Funding: “Let’s be bi-partisan on this.”

Our Senior Senator from Illinois rose on the Senate Floor to deliver remarks the very same day the Alzheimer’s Association had 1,100 advocates from around the United States fighting for more research dollars to #endalz. Senator Durbin shared facts and figures that as he put it were so staggering that he had to check and recheck to make sure they were right. Over the course of his first three minutes speaking, Senator Durbin acknowledged that three people had just developed Alzheimer’s disease.

"It [Alzheimer's] will literally eat up the Medicare and Medicaid programs as we know them... Let's be bi-partisan about this. Let's find something we can agree on. Let's make it bio medical research. Let's make it a commitment to the NIH."

Visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s Illinois Advocacy Facebook to thank Senator Durbin for his remarks.

Local Advocate Wins National Award

Cathy Perkowitz of Wheaton received the Advocate of the Year Award while attending the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C. last week. After her husband Bill was diagnosed at age 52, Cathy began advocating with the Association to increase awareness, make investments in care and support and fight for public policies and federal appropriations. This award is given once annually and is chosen from over 500,0000 advocates throughout the country.


Congressman Mike Quigley Stands Up, Speaks Out for Increased Alzheimer's Research Funding

Congressman Mike Quigley, of Illinois' 5th District, took time to address the House of Representatives to urge them to support an increase in Alzheimer's research funding. Congressman Quigley has been a leading advocate for Alzheimer's Association legislative priorities and continues to take legislative action to help better the lives of #alzillinois families and advocates. Congressman Quigley was one of 13 officials to take time and speak up for funding - thank you Congressman Quigley.

Congressman Roskam's Remarks on Alzheimer's Disease

Congressman Peter Roskam, of Illinois' 6th District, took to the House floor to help raise awareness about the effects Alzheimer's has on American families.

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Advocates in DC Advocates with Tammy Mark Kirk
 Mike Quigley

Advocates and Alzheimer’s Association staff meet with Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) about the importance of Alzheimer's legislation.


Advocates and Alzheimer’s Association staff meet with Representative Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) about critical Alzheimer's legislation in Congress.


Advocates, including Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter President and CEO Erna Colborn, meet with U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. 


Representative Mike Quigley
(IL -05) shows his support for the Alzheimer’s cause by wearing a Walk to End Alzheimer’s T-shirt as he works out in the Congressional gym in D.C.