Courtney Eccles

Courtney Eccles

Courtney leads Woodstock’s policy initiatives at the local, state, and national level. Her responsibilities include legislative advocacy, regulatory reform, and coalition work with Woodstock’s partners. Her specific interests include predatory lending reform, adequate retirement savings, and the creation of and access to safe financial products. Courtney joined Woodstock in November of 2012 after five years with Protestants for the Common Good where she most recently served as the Director of Policy and Outreach.

“In my new position at Woodstock, I am able to use our timely and important research reports to shape policy discussions and create a just financial system where low-income families and communities of color have access to safe financial products and can begin building wealth and saving for retirement,” says Courtney.

Courtney received a B.S. with honors in Social Policy and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.

Recent posts by Courtney Eccles

Written by Courtney Eccles on May 13, 2015 - 10:12am

The spring legislative session for Illinois lawmakers is scheduled to finish on May 31st. Between now and then, our elected officials are working to craft a budget that must address a projected six billion dollar deficit. Governor Rauner proposed a budget that included severe cuts to crucial human services, including programs for homeless youth and services for affordable and supportive housing. Slashing the budget does not have to be the answer. 

Written by Courtney Eccles on May 5, 2015 - 2:51pm

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL 8) went to great lengths last week to ensure that expansions to the Military Lending Act, proposed by the Department of Defense (DoD) and supported by Woodstock Institute and advocates across the country, would go into effect as planned.

Written by Courtney Eccles on March 10, 2015 - 3:50pm

Consumers are increasingly using prepaid cards as an alternative to cash or checking accounts, but the market remains widely unregulated. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released proposed rules to protect consumers from harmful prepaid cards.

Written by Courtney Eccles on January 6, 2015 - 4:01pm

Illinois Governor Quinn signed the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program (SB2758) into law on January 4, 2015, establishing the authority for creation of a program that will help millions of private-sector workers in Illinois save  for retirement. 

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Written by Courtney Eccles on June 9, 2014 - 10:50am

The spring Illinois legislative session just came to an end. Here are highlights of what happened in Springfield on issues affecting wealth-building opportunities for Illinoisans:

Written by Courtney Eccles on April 21, 2014 - 1:08pm
We have a unique opportunity to influence the debate around restructuring the housing finance system.
Written by Courtney Eccles on April 15, 2014 - 5:20pm

The Illinois House last week took the first step towards ensuring that workers who receive their wages on payroll cards are protected from deceptive fees that can eat away at their earnings.

Written by Courtney Eccles on February 7, 2014 - 2:25pm

Over half of the private-sector workforce in Illinois—that’s more than 2.5 million people—lacks access to an employment-based retirement savings plan, Woodstock Institute research found.

Written by Courtney Eccles on December 19, 2013 - 7:00am

If you are interested in attending the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) 2014 conference, be sure to register by Friday, December 20, to secure the early bird rate.

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Written by Courtney Eccles on November 15, 2013 - 10:20am

Ten mortgages to African Americans in 2012. Zero bank branches in low-income communities or communities of color. And below-peer-level lending to low-income communities in all of its assessment areas.

Written by Courtney Eccles on November 12, 2013 - 2:36pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced last week that it will begin collecting consumer complaints on payday loans.

Written by Courtney Eccles on November 7, 2013 - 3:35pm
Join staff of Woodstock Institute and allies from across the country for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) annual conference in Washington, D.C.
Written by Courtney Eccles on September 16, 2013 - 3:37pm

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives could vote as early as tomorrow on devastating cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps). 

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Written by Courtney Eccles on August 28, 2013 - 12:54pm

Governor Quinn signed SB 56, the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act (PTFA), into law last week. Illinois’ PTFA extends basic protections to renters living in buildings that go into foreclosure. 

Written by Courtney Eccles on August 9, 2013 - 3:00am
The men and women who serve our armed forces are uniquely vulnerable to debt traps caused by high-cost credit products.
Written by Courtney Eccles on July 8, 2013 - 2:54pm

A battle for the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is gearing up in the Senate this week.

Written by Courtney Eccles on July 2, 2013 - 10:28am
It’s coming down to the wire to make sure that Richard Cordray is confirmed as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Written by Courtney Eccles on June 24, 2013 - 2:29pm
Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Subcommittee approved its funding bill for next year, complete with draconian cuts to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs.
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Written by Courtney Eccles on June 5, 2013 - 12:33pm

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) recently announced positive changes to the general purpose reloadable (GPR) feature of the CTA’s new Ventra transit card after receiving pressure from consumer advocacy groups

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