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Written by Katie Buitrago on August 8, 2013
The Consumer Credit Access, Innovation, and Modernization Act (H.R. 1566) does anything but promote credit access, innovation, and modernization.
Written by Katie Buitrago on August 5, 2013
Cinthya Melero’s and Luis Barajas’ house was giving them nothing but headaches. The small row house they rented in Pullman, dating from the 1880s, had become too small for their family.
Written by Dan Fair on July 26, 2013

In the early 1970s, Aaron and Sylvia Scheinfeld were unhappy with the state of things in the Chicago region. Redlining, predatory lending, and inequality plagued the area.

Written by Katie Buitrago on July 24, 2013

On the surface, the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act (HR.1077/S.949) sounds like legislation that would be good for consumers.  In actuality, it poses some serious threats to mortgage protections recently put in place by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Written by on July 19, 2013
Woodstock Institute receives $500,000 to track neighborhood economic indicators and trends
Dory Rand
Written by on July 17, 2013

Yesterday I celebrated my first five years with Woodstock Institute. When I joined Woodstock as president in 2008, the financial crisis was just getting into full swing and the future was quite uncertain. 

Written by Dan Fair on July 15, 2013

Two incredibly important votes are scheduled this week in the U.S. Senate. The nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is set to be voted on by the full Senate, while the nomination of Congressman Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is scheduled in the Senate Banking Committee. Both votes will likely happen tomorrow, so we must act now.

Written by Courtney Eccles on July 8, 2013

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
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 Dory Rand on June 27, 2013

The recent focus on payday loans by federal regulators is causing some payday lenders to modify their products from traditional short-term loans to longer installment loans in the hope that longer-term loans may fall outside the scope of anticipated regulations. 

Written by Dan Fair on June 25, 2013

Municipalities across the Chicago region are struggling to come up with effective ways of making vacant homes productive again. Some communities are hitting a wall: how can you design a response when you don’t fully understand the problem?

Written by Courtney Eccles on June 24, 2013
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.
Written by Dan Fair on June 14, 2013

Today at its annual Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, Woodstock Institute announced its “Commitment to Action,” which will further our work to strengthen retirement security.

Rep. Watt
Written by Katie Buitrago on June 11, 2013

While some headlines claim that the housing market is recovering, we know that too many homeowners have not.  

Ventra Cards
Written by Courtney Eccles on June 5, 2013

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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