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Written by Courtney Eccles on April 21, 2014
We have a unique opportunity to influence the debate around restructuring the housing finance system.
Dory Rand
Written by Dory Rand on April 18, 2014

As part of Woodstock Institute’s Community Investment Awards event on May 9 in Chicago, we will screen the short documentary film “Fleeced: Speaking Out Against Senior Financial Abuse” and host a panel and audience discussion after the screening.

Written by Courtney Eccles on April 15, 2014

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.

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Written by Dan Fair on April 14, 2014

Nearly a year ago, Woodstock launched our online data portal in order to deliver meaningful data on the Chicago six county region for our community partners in a user-friendly way.

Written by Dan Fair on April 11, 2014

Woodstock and other advocates have long raised the issue of vacant properties in the Chicago region and the seemingly endless ways they negatively affect our communities.

Written by Katie Buitrago on April 8, 2014

If you work hard, you should be able to retire with dignity. However, over half of private-sector workers in Illinois don't have access to a retirement savings account at their workplace. This leaves a growing number of seniors unable to make ends meet during retirement.

Written by Dan Fair on April 2, 2014
One in five older Americans is a victim of financial abuse and fraud. People who have saved for decades can be left with nothing as a result of a financial scam.
Written by Katie Buitrago on March 26, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is in the “late stages” of making a rule to regulate payday lenders. It is critical to let them know that the rule should not include loopholes that lenders can exploit to make expensive, unregulated loans.

Senator Biss
Written by Dan Fair on March 26, 2014

As we have documented extensively, there is a looming retirement security crisis in Illinois.

Written by Dan Fair on March 19, 2014

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland released a report earlier this month finding that adoption of a fast-track foreclosure process for abandoned properties in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania would save the states at least $24 million annually.

CFPB press conference
Written by Katie Buitrago on March 10, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made allegations last week that one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges, ITT Educational Services, is pushing students into high-cost student loans that are built to fail. This is the CFPB’s first enforcement action against a for-profit college.

Written by Dan Fair on March 6, 2014

U.S. Bank announced earlier this year it intended to purchase Chicago-area branches of RBS Citizens/Charter One Bank.

Written by Katie Buitrago on February 25, 2014
Bad news for consumers: a bill that aims to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is likely to come up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives this week.
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Written by Dan Fair on February 14, 2014

Woodstock Institute celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2013  with a national research symposium and bash.

Dory Rand at NCRC2013
Written by Dory Rand on February 13, 2014

Every year Woodstock Institute staff and dozens of allies from Illinois go to Washington, DC, in the spring to galvanize the community reinvestment movement, learn about the latest developments, and visit our elected officials and regulators. 2014 is no different.

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