Illinois Senator Christine Radogno was able to speak with residents at Victorian Village during a legislative visit to the senior living community.
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 current job and running for re-election, though she’s unopposed on the ballot), and why she didn’t make the trip to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention (she was a Kasich delegate, so she had no formal role to play there, and she has experienced conventions a few times before).
She also reminded residents that her office is in nearby Lemont, and invited them to call anytime.
Victorian Village presented Senator Radogno with a LeadingAge Illinois “Partners in Quality” Award. Pictured, from left: Providence Life Services Vice President of Ministry Advancement Scott Studebaker, Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, Victorian Village Executive Director Dave Tiemersma, and LeadingAge Illinois Vice President of Public Policy Kirk Riva.
During her visit, Victorian Village Executive Director Dave Tiemersma presented Senator Radogno with the “Partners in Quality” Award on behalf of LeadingAge Illinois. She received the award for to recognize efforts on behalf of Illinois seniors.
Senator Radogno represents the 41st district of Illinois, which includes all or parts of Homer Glen, Lemont, Darien, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, and Bolingbrook.
For more information about Victorian Village, its services, and its Small Houses, visit our website.
Victorian Village is not the only Providence location to host its local elected leaders — Illinois State Rep. Peter Breen was recently at our communities in Downers Grove.
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