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.
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A bill that removes the asset limit for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients in Illinois, making it easier for them to build savings, has passed both chambers of the General Assembly and is on its way to the Governor’s desk.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released information that makes it easier for the public to detect worrisome practices in financial services and assess whether financial institutions are adequately serving consumers.
Woodstock Institute, in partnership with the Illinois Asset Building Group, the Shriver Center and many others, is working to pass legislation that will expand opportunities for workers to save for retirement by creating an Automatic IRA Program in Illinois. An IRA is an Individual Retirement Account.
Members of Chicago’s Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards committee recently passed an ordinance limiting the proliferation of alternative financial services like payday and title lenders and pawn shops. The ordinance, introduced by Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Solis, and Alderman Mitts, requires that any new payday or title-secured lending store must be at least 1,000 feet (roughly 1.5 city blocks) from another payday lending or title-secured lending store. New pawnshops will also be required to be a minimum of 1,000 feet from any existing pawnshop.
Tomorrow and Wednesday, during the remaining days of veto session, the Illinois House and Senate are likely going to vote on SB16 Amendment 8. This legislation will: