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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced last week that it will begin collecting consumer complaints on payday loans.
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).
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.
A battle for the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is gearing up in the Senate this week.