Sunday, November 29, 2015

This List of Senior Discounts for People Over 50 Might Be the Best Thing You Learn All Day - MOGUL


As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy's recently, I heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him less. When I asked the man what the discount was, he told me that seniors over age 55 -- get 10% off everything on the menu, every day. (But you need to ASK for your discount.)

Being of 'that' age myself, I figured I might as well ask for the discount too. This incident prompted me to do some research, and I came across a list of restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, travel deals, and other types of offers giving various discounts with different age requirements. I was actually surprised to see how many there are and how some of them start at the young age of 50 .

This list may not only be useful for you, but for your friends and family too. Remember, YOU must ASK for your discount!

Also, for military discounts, visit this great list, for student discounts, visit this awesome list. For college scholarships for females, visit this incredibly helpful list.

Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)

Arby's: 10% off ( 55 +)

Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+)

Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+)

Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)

Boston Market: 10% off (65+)

Burger King: 10% off (60+)

Captain D’s Seafood: “Happy Wednesday Offer” choice of 8 meals + drink for $4.99 or less- varies by loc. (62+)

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 20% off on Wednesdays to AARP Members

Carrows Restaurants: Golden 55 Menu offers discounted bfast, lunch & dinner (55+)

Chili's: 10% off ( 55+)

CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+)

Country Kitchen: Great Senior Menu (55+)

Culver's: 10% off

Dairy Queen: 10% off for seniors (15% for coaches) varies by location (free small drink at some locations)

Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)

Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)

El Pollo Loco: 10% off senior discounts varies by location (55+)

Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)

Gatti's Pizza: 10% off (60+)

Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)

Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)

IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)

Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)

Kagle’s Barbecue: 10% off (50+)

KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)

Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)

Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations ( 55+)

LoveWithFood: Receive a 50% discount off your first tasting box on healthy and exciting snacks that are delivered straight to your doorstep. Each month the company provides a variety of unique snacks that are tailored to fit the different seasons.

McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)

Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)

Outback Steakhouse: 15% off AARP members for meals Monday through Thursday (alcohol excluded)

Old Country Buffet: Daily discounts for seniors(55+)

Papa John’s: 25% off (55+) for online orders. Enter the code “AARP25″ when placing your order

Ponderosa Steak Houses: Senior DiscountsVary- Senior menu available (60+)

Shoney's: 10% off

Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)

Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)

Subway: 10% off (60+)

Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)

Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)

TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)

Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)

Traditions Restaurant (East TX): Senior platter meal: for $4.71 (50+)

Village Inn: 10% off (60+)

Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)

Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)

Whataburger: Free drink w/ purchase of a meal- varies by loc. (55+)

White Castle: 10% off (62+)


Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)(

Belk's: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)

Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)

C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)

Clarks : 10% off (62+)

Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)

Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Kohl's: 15% off (60+)

Marshalls: 10% off on Tuesdays (varies by location)

Michael’s: 10% off on Tuesdays (with AARP card)

Modell's Sporting Goods: 30% off

Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions

Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)

The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)

Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

TJ Maxx: 10% on Tuesdays (varies by location)

Walgreens: 20% off once a month (55+ and AARP) “Balance Rewards” Card require)


Albertson's: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)

American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)

Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)

DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)

Fry's Supermarket: free Fry's VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)

Fred Meyer: 10% first Tuesday of each month (55+)

Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)

Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)

Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)

Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)

Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)

New Season’s: 10% off every Wednesday most items (65+)

Pathmark: 5% on Monday (60+)

The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)

Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55 +)

Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)

SuperFresh: 5% off on Tuesdays on purchases over $30 (55+)

Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

Waldbaum’s: 5% off Tuesdays on purchases over $30 (55+)


Airlines: call and check on the status of the update

Alaska Airlines: 10% off (62+)

American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays - Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)

America West: 10% off (62+)

Hawaiian Airlines: 10% off (60+)

Midwest: (55+) discount only available by phone

Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)


Greyhound:: 5% off (62+)

Trailways Transportation System: 10% off 65+

Car Rental:

Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members

Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members

Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members ( 50+)

Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+)

Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members

Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members

National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:

Holiday Inn: 62 and older; member of retired persons organization TBD (amount)

Best Western: 10% off (55+)

Cambria Suites: 10% off (60+)

Waldorf Astoria:62 and older; AARP members TBD) 

Clarion Motels: 10% off (60+)

Comfort Inn: 10% off (60+)

Comfort Suites: 10% off (60+)

Econo Lodge: 10% off (60+)

Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance

Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)

InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)

Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler's Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)

Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+)

Motel 6: 10% off (60+)

Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off ( 55+)

Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Travelodge: 10% off (50+)


AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)

Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50+)

Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)

Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off

U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)

Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley's Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55+)

SeaWorld Orlando, FL: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)

$14.99 /month cell phone service ( 50+)

Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

Want to see more like this? Check out:

Military discounts on this great list. Student discounts on this awesome list. College scholarships for women on this helpful list.

NOW, go out there and claim your discounts -- and remember -- YOU must ASK for discount -- no ask, no discount. I know everyone knows someone over 50. Please pass this one on!

[From MOGUL: Please do note that some of the discounts above may vary from location to location, so you may ask and find that the discount has been tailored per your geography. We have updated the list from time to time to reflect the feedback from our readers.]

Source: Steve Herman (Report)


This List of Senior Discounts for People Over 50 Might Be the Best Thing You Learn All Day - MOGUL

Behind the scenes, Koch brothers spent big in Colorado, filings show - The Denver Post



Swing-state conservatives reaped benefits

By John Frank
The Denver Post


Charles Koch

Charles Koch

The conservative political network connected to the billionaire Koch brothers spent millions in Colorado in 2014, according to new federal tax records, playing a behind-the-scenes role to boost local organizations that played a prominent role in the election and public policy.

The Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a hub for businessmen Charles and David Koch's political activity, gave money to six state-based organizations, three of them in Colorado, the IRS filings show. The attention reflects the prominence of Colorado on the political map in 2014 — and offers a glimpse of what's to come when the spotlight returns in 2016.

David Koch

David Koch

The largest beneficiary in Colorado — where the Koch brothers own homes — is CitizenLink, the Colorado Springs-based political arm of Focus on the Family and a prominent anti-abortion and religious freedom organization. In 2014, the group received $1 million and an additional $1.3 million through Evangchr4 Trust, another Koch organization.

The two other local groups that benefited from Koch money: IACE Action, a political nonprofit run by Colorado Springs conservative activist Laura Carno, received $95,000, and the Colorado Women's Alliance, a conservative-leaning organization based in Greenwood Village, took $50,000.

The IRS tax records are the first indication the local groups were tied to the Koch organization.

Freedom Partners gave a total of $88 million in grants in 2014, and tens of millions went to national political organizations that played a significant role in Colorado's high-profile U.S. Senate race in 2014 between Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and Republican Cory Gardner.

The major players include limited-government advocates Americans for Prosperity, the Latino-focused Libre Initiative, business-centric U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the industry-backed American Energy Alliance, which alternatively organized supporters or aired TV ads designed to boost Gardner.

Freedom Partners also paid $1.3 million in consulting fees to Aegis Strategic, a firm run by Jeff Crank, a Colorado Springs political consultant and radio show host who worked for Americans for Prosperity.

The big money in the Koch political coalition makes it a target for Democratic-aligned organizations.

"In Colorado, the Koch network is bankrolling the far-right by sending hundreds of thousands to extreme groups at the federal, state and even local level — all in the interest of pushing their agenda that's good for billionaires like them but hurts Colorado families," said Regan Page, a spokeswoman for the Bridge Project, which is part of an organization that focuses on conservative groups and the Koch brothers. "Coloradans were kept in the dark until more than a year after the Kochs spent millions through shadowy front groups."

Freedom Partners, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, did not disclose its donors in the tax filings because it is not required by federal law. A message sent to the organization Wednesday went unanswered.

CitizenLink president Paul Weber and the leader of the organization's local affiliate, Colorado Family Action, were not available for an interview.

Carno said the $95,000 that went to her organization, I Am Created Equal Action, helped pay for a pro-energy industry mailer to educate voters about Udall and his stance on oil and gas issues.

The money also helped pay for an intern through the Koch-funded Liberty at Work training program. The staffer helped Carno with general administrative support during the 2014 election season.

Debbie Brown, the executive director at the Colorado Women's Alliance, said the money her group received went to general support, not a particular purpose.

The organization, however, did advocacy work in 2014 to support Gardner and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez.

The Koch network's focus on Colorado makes sense to Brown, who is also an energy industry consultant.

"When you look at politics, naturally Colorado is a tier-one state ... for a lot of things," she said, mentioning oil and gas issues, ballot initiatives and national politics. "Colorado is a battleground state."

John Frank

Behind the scenes, Koch brothers spent big in Colorado, filings show - The Denver Post

Campaign 2015: Boone County Board Chairman Bob Walberg calling it quits - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

Surprise?  Rumor is that Marshall Newhouse will be filling his candidate papers to continue “their” control of the board.

By Adam Poulisse
Staff writer

Posted Nov. 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Updated Nov 27, 2015 at 7:08 PM

BELVIDERE — Boone County Board Chairman Bob Walberg will not run for re-election next year.
The farmer and retired airline pilot with experience in a few governing bodies across the county hopes the vacancy will bring forward a new generation of county leaders and, with them, new approaches to leadership.
"The past few years, I've really encouraged young people to get involved," Walberg, 71, said. "I think there are a lot of good people who should be on the board. The process is better when people get involved. More ideas, and it's a broader view if we get more people involved in serving the community."
In a follow-up email to the Register Star, Walberg quoted Ecclesiastes from the Old Testament to explain his decision: "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens."
Candidates for Boone County Board must file election paperwork by 5 p.m. Monday.
Walberg's exit after the November 2016 election will complete two four-year terms on the board. Board members select the chairman for a two-year term at the first meeting after an election. Walberg was initially appointed as chairman in 2008 after a contentious stalemate when board members were split between two other candidates. Board members reappointed him to the role in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
In addition to County Board, Walberg has served in the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District, the county 4-H and the Belvidere School District.
"I'm not really walking away from" the county, he said. "I've tried to be supportive of the community."
Farmer Marshall Newhouse served on the County Board from 2001 to 2012. He said Walberg has "had a huge impact on the county," including leading a board that has overseen the Irene Road interchange and kept the budget balanced in tough economic times.
"I enjoyed working with him on the board," Newhouse said. "He's a fellow farmer in the county and I looked up to him and work he's done in the business of farming. That carried through in the Boone County Board setting."
Adam Poulisse: 815-987-1344;; @adampoulisse

Campaign 2015: Boone County Board Chairman Bob Walberg calling it quits - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

Friday, November 27, 2015

Restrictive Wind Ordinance finally passed


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Belvidere leaders juggle options on Menomonie Street changes - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

Ben Stanley
Staff writer

  • Posted Nov. 24, 2015 at 6:09 PM
    Updated Nov 24, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    BELVIDERE — City leaders are mulling options to escape a quagmire of miscommunication, poor planning and neighborhood backlash on a road project that turned a thoroughfare near the Boone County Courthouse into a one-way street.
    The city spent about $6,500 this fall to turn Menomonie Street into a one-way between Main and Webster streets and build islands that established angle parking for police cars. Neighbors say they don't want the changes and were never notified of the city’s intentions before construction began.
    Adding to neighbors' anger and confusion, aldermen never passed an ordinance to make the changes, leaving the project in legal limbo while construction crews worked under contract with the city. When construction finished in October, the road was not opened to traffic because of the unapproved ordinance, Public Works Director Brent Anderson said.
    At last week's City Council meeting, neighbors demanded that the city reverse the changes. Now they're questioning why the police station needed more parking stalls in the first place. Instead of tearing up Menomonie Street, neighbors say, non-officers could use a lot behind the Boone County Jail, which would make room in the front lot for police vehicles.
    "I still think that we have completely sideswiped the whole issue to begin with," resident Susan Orr said at a Committee of the Whole meeting Monday. "We still have 35 empty parking places in that back lot behind the jail. We still have civilians parking in the lot next to the police station and patrol cars out in the street.
    "I do not and cannot understand why this is even an issue, with all the empty parking places behind the jail. You have civilians, secretaries, detectives, dispatchers parking in the lot right next to the police station. I don't understand why the squad cars aren't there."
    Chief Jan Noble said the city doesn't have the authority to park there without permission from Boone County Sheriff Dave Ernest.
    "By agreement 20 years ago, the city gave up its oversight of the (Public Safety Building) and gave that authority to the county," Noble said. "The assignment of the parking stalls typically comes with oversight from the sheriff. So I would have to grab the sheriff, sit down, go through this and see if that would even be an option for us."
    Anderson presented two construction options Monday that would maintain angled police parking on Menomonie while accommodating two-way traffic. The first, which would widen the street slightly to make room for an eastbound lane, would cost the city $2,320. The other, for more than $11,000, would more dramatically widen the street and add space for parallel parking on the north side of Menomonie in addition to angled police parking on the south side.
    A third option, costing $1,901, would essentially turn the street back to the way it was. But Noble was unwilling to entertain that option because it would eliminate extra parking stalls he says his police force needs.
    "I would ask that the aldermen not lose track of why we're here," he said. "While I appreciate the input of people who live there, the parking of cars really should be a decision between your police chief and the sheriff, but I realize that we're here because that could not get resolved."
    Aldermen and Mayor Mike Chamberlain tabled discussion until Dec. 28 so Noble could explore alternative options with Ernest.
    Orr said all she and her neighbors want is two-way traffic on Menomonie.
    "It keeps getting thrown around and we keep coming back," she said. "I'm just saying, utilize the parking lots before you start changing streets. I'm not happy that (Noble) said it was none of our business about the parking."
  • Belvidere leaders juggle options on Menomonie Street changes - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Union Files Restraining Order vs Gov Rauner Over Health Ins Coverage | WJOL-AM


    A union is filing a temporary restraining order against Governor Bruce Rauner to force the state to pay into a workers health insurance fund. SEIU Healthcare Illinois on Friday filed the order in St. Clair County Court. SEIU says Illinois owes one-point-five-million dollars from the 2015 fiscal year and nearly 12-million dollars for the beginning of the current fiscal year. The union says workers could lose health insurance benefits by the end of the year if the state doesn’t honor its contract.

    Union Files Restraining Order vs Gov Rauner Over Health Ins Coverage | WJOL-AM

    Monday, November 23, 2015

    Local ballots start to take shape as election petition filings begin in Illinois - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

    Remember this is only the first day to submit petitions.

    By Kevin Haas
    Staff writer

    Posted Nov. 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm Updated at 8:47 PM

    ROCKFORD — Local ballots for the upcoming March primary began to fill up today, the first day for candidates to file their petitions.
    Prospective candidates have until 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, to file paperwork for the March 15 primary contest. Key races in Winnebago County include state's attorney, County Board chairman, coroner and several County Board seats. There are also several state House and Senate contests.
    Winnebago County Clerk Margie Mullins will hold a lottery at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, to determine which candidates get the coveted first position on the ballot. First position on the ballot is typically first-come, first-served, except when candidates running against each other arrive at the county clerk's office at the same time. First position on the ballot is preferred because of the so-called primacy effect, the tendency for voters to choose the first name on a list.

    Here's a look at who has filed so far:

    U.S. Senator: Andrea Zopp, D; Tammy Duckworth, D; Mark Kirk, R; James T. Marter, R
    State reprsentative
    67th District: Litesa Wallace, D; Wladimiro Aguirre, D
    68th District: John Cabello, R; Tricia Sweeney, D
    69th District: Joe Sosnowski, R
    89th District: Brian Stewart, R
    State senator
    34th District: Steve Stadelman, D
    35th District: Dave Syverson, R
    Boone County
    Coroner: Rebecca Wigget, R
    Circuit Clerk: Linda Anderson, R; Todd Shattuck, R
    State’s Attorney: Michelle Courier, R; Tricia Smith, R
    County Board
    Six total seats open (two for each of the county's 3 districts).
    District 1: W. Fred Genrich, R
    District 2: Cathy Ward, R; Bernard O’Malley, R
    District 3: Carl Larson, R
    — Ben Stanley contributed to this report




      Local ballots start to take shape as election petition filings begin in Illinois - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL