Written by Katie Buitrago on August 26, 2013

CHICAGO—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not be required to maintain vacant homes up to the standards in the City of Chicago’s vacant buildings ordinance, ruled U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin on Friday. 

Written by Katie Buitrago on August 22, 2013

Is student debt keeping you up at night? You’re not alone: student debt loads now reach more than $1 trillion across the country and much of the debt isn’t being repaid

Written by on August 16, 2013

Is the Chicago region housing market turning a corner? New data we released this week offer some optimism—foreclosure filings, which signify the beginning of the foreclosure process, dropped by more than a third across the Chicago six county region from the first half of 2012 to the first half of 2013.

Written by Katie Buitrago on August 14, 2013

Woodstock Institute is thrilled to announce Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as the speaker at our 40th anniversary Bash on October 2. General Madigan joins a fantastic lineup of Symposium keynote speakers, including Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Steve Antonakes and UCLA Professor Fernando Torres-Gil.

Written by Courtney Eccles on August 9, 2013
The men and women who serve our armed forces are uniquely vulnerable to debt traps caused by high-cost credit products.
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. 


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