Monday is the last chance to sign up for the new Medicare prescription plan, and Illinois Cares Rx.

State agencies are extending their hours. Help hotlines will be staffed over the weekend. Area centers on aging are urging seniors to get the information they need, figure out a plan that best suits them, and sign up.

Those who miss the deadline will have to pay a one percent per month penalty, if and when they sign up in the future. Those who miss the deadline won't be able to sign up again until November.