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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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Written by Courtney Eccles on February 7, 2014

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.

Written by Dory Rand on January 16, 2014
I am excited that we are starting 2014 with some new leaders in key financial regulatory positions.
Written by Dory Rand on December 20, 2013

Earlier this month, Woodstock staff, board members, partners, and friends gathered at Mars Gallery in Chicago to celebrate all we’ve achieved this year. If you were not able to make it, you missed my recap of Woodstock’s top accomplishments for 2013.

Written by Courtney Eccles on December 19, 2013

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.

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Written by Dan Fair on December 5, 2013

A recent report from the UK-based Community Finance Solutions at the University of Salford and Woodstock Institute calls for the United Kingdom (UK) to adopt a banking disclosure act similar to laws in the United States (US).

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