There are many services and programs available to Darien
Senior Citizens. The following are some services available
thru the City of Darien, Downers Grove Township, DuPage
County, and the State of Illinois:
Click here for a listing of Senior Communities in the
Darien Police Department Senior Service Officers
In October of 2012 Darien Police Chief Ernest Brown sent
two police officers to specialized training to better assist
the Darien Senior Citizen population. Officers Lauren Renner
and Marina Liska became the Darien Police Department’s Elder
Services Officers. Since the start of this program the Elder
Services Officers have been busy meeting with Darien senior
citizens and assisting them with important services. For
questions regarding the City of Darien Elder Services
Officers program you can contact officer Lauren Renner at
or officer Marina Liska at
or call 630-852-500.
Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb paratransit service for
senior citizens and disabled persons provided by the
Township of Downers Grove through a contract with PACE.
Rides can be scheduled to any location within the Township,
Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. The fare is $5.
Registration is necessary before starting to use the
service. To get more information call 630-719-6685.
Du Page Senior Citizen Council Home Maintenance Program
is available for senior citizens in Du Page County. This
program provides affordable repair services so seniors can
maintain the safety and value of their homes. For more
information please call: 630-620-0804.
Meals on Wheels
DuPage County Meals on Wheels at 630-620-0804 for home
delivered hot/cold meals for seniors in need.
Para-Transit is a DuPage County program that provides
rides to Doctor, Social Security Office or Public Aid office
appointments. Nominal fees each way. Must call first for
appointment time 630-682-7000 ask for Para-Transit Services.
Subsidized Taxi Service
City of Darien Pilot II Subsidized Taxi Service;
providing transportation needs using coupons that reduce the
cost of taxi fares. This program serves Darien residents who
are senior citizens (65+) and persons with disabilities
(must be documented). Participants must first register at
the Darien City Hall by completing a program registration
form and having picture taken for identification card issued
within 2-4 weeks. Ride coupons have face value of $5.00 each
and cost $2.50 each (City of Darien subsidizes ˝ of the
cost). Please contact -Darien City Hall for further details
and information at 630-852-5000.
Real Estate Tax Relief
Darien senior citizens should contact the Downers Grove
Township Assessor’s Office to see if they qualify for any
real estate tax relief through several programs.
- Senior Homestead Exemption - Senior Citizens may be
eligible for a $3,000 reduction from the equalized
- Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption - Senior
Citizens may be eligible for protection against real
estate tax increases.
- Real Estate Tax Deferral - Senior Citizens may be
eligible to defer payment of real estate taxes and any
Minimally, these programs require that you be 65 years of
age, meet income guidelines, own and occupy your home, and
are liable for the payment of your real estate taxes. Call
the Downers Grove Township Office to see if you qualify and
for an application 630-968-2100.
State of Illinois Circuit Breaker – Senior Citizen
The official name of the Circuit Breaker Program is the
Senior Citizens and Disabled
Persons Property Tax Relief and Pharmaceutical Assistance
Act. Under the Act, the state refunds to eligible
senior citizens and persons with disabilities some of the
money they paid in property taxes, mobile home taxes or
nursing home charges. The Act also helps pay for certain
prescription medicines. Part of the Act states that the
Secretary of State's office provides a discount for license
plates purchase or renewal.
- Seniors must first fill out Form IL-1363, the
Circuit Breaker and Pharmaceutical Assistance Claim
form, from the Illinois Department on Aging.
- Eligible seniors usually receive a mailing from the
Secretary of State's office notifying them that they are
eligible for reduced license plate fees.
- Discount applies to one set of the following plates
per household per year: standard passenger car, B-truck,
persons with disabilities, recreational vehicles
weighing up to 8,000 pounds, all military license.
www.illinois.gov/aging for forms and instructions.
To Receive Your Plate Discount:
The Secretary of State's office sends eligible seniors a
notification after they are accepted into the Illinois
Department on Aging's program. When you buy license plates
or renew your license plate sticker, you must submit the
notification to verify that you are qualified for the
discount. If you have already renewed your license plate
sticker and paid full price, and are now part of the Circuit
Breaker program, you may be eligible for a refund. Call the
Secretary of State's Office at 800-252-8980 for more