Tag Archives: Politics

Victorian Village hosts Illinois Senate Minority Leader Radogno

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (July 2016) — Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-41st District) made a return visit to Victorian Village last week, touring the Health & Wellness Center Small Houses and speaking with interested residents at the Grand Victorian. Her visit sparked a few political discussions among residents, and gave the state senator a chance to see the unique Small Houses in use. Senator Radogno has been to Victorian Village before, when the Homer Glen senior living community was constructing the first Small Houses in the state of Illinois, and when Victorian Village celebrated the opening of those Small Houses at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. This visit, she toured the completed buildings, now home to long-term residents and short-term rehab clients. Later, she spoke with residents at the Grand Victorian about budget struggles in Springfield and the redistricting initiative. She noted that she was “acutely aware” that Medicare costs would continue to go up, and that the Illinois government was looking at ways to do things more cost effectively — studying innovative methods, like the Small Houses, to see if they were more cost-effective than traditional models. The senator also answered some questions about whether she’d run for governor (she’s focused on her […]

Rep. Breen visits Saratoga Grove, Providence of Downers Grove

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (June 2016) – Illinois State Representative Peter Breen recently stopped by Saratoga Grove and Providence of Downers Grove, speaking with residents and taking a tour of the senior living communities. The tour included Providence’s rehab department, where Breen expressed his amazement that clients were able to recover and return home so quickly. Executive Director Deji Adegoye took the opportunity to explain the close relationships that Providence is building with the area hospitals – a relationship that benefits both Providence and the hospitals, but most importantly, the clients. “It’s important to us that our clients successfully rehab – we work with the managed care organization and with our therapy partner, Marianjoy, to help our clients get back home as soon as possible,” Deji said. After the tour of next-door Saratoga Grove, residents and staff gathered in the library for a reception with the representative. More than 25 residents and staff attended the address, along with the Leading Age Illinois Director of Communications, Jason Speaks, and the representative’s wife, Margie Breen. Rep. Breen spoke about his first year and a half in office, including both his triumphs – such as having several bills submitted – and his struggles with state […]

Providence of Downers Grove resident shares his strong belief in the importance of political involvement

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (OCTOBER 2014) — Providence of Downers Grove resident Jim Bersie has some advice for the upcoming election. It’s short and it’s simple, but he believes in it very strongly: everyone should get out and vote. “I think politics are important, and people need to get involved, or they’ll miss things about our country,”Bersie said. “I tell people, ‘I don’t care whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. Stop complaining and get involved in the political process. Run for office or volunteer for the person you choose. And, most importantly, vote!’” Bersie has taken his own advice: he has worked in politics, volunteered for candidates, and always, always votes. “I voted as soon as I was old enough and haven’t missed a vote since,”he said. Now, he has an absentee ballot sent to him by the DuPage County Election Commission automatically for each election. And he’s not the only one at Providence of Downers Grove who receives an absentee ballot —in fact, Percy Bhagat, the Life Enrichment Director, gets the ballots for all the long-term residents at Providence. “I’m all set to go for next month’s election,”she said. “Residents like to vote, and it’s important for them to do […]