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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).

Written by Katie Buitrago on December 5, 2013
Vacant homes are posing obstacles to recovery for communities throughout the Chicago region and beyond.
Written by Dory Rand on December 2, 2013

I recently read an eye-opening book entitled “Scarcity: Why Having So Little Matters So Much,” by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. It’s about how scarcity of time, money, food, and sleep affects our brains, creating a tunnel vision.

Written by on November 26, 2013

Washington, DC - Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) released a report entitled “Access to Capital and Credit in Appalachia and the Impact of the Financial Crisis and Recession on Commercial Lending and Finance in the Region.”

Written by Courtney Eccles on November 15, 2013

Ten mortgages to African Americans in 2012. Zero bank branches in low-income communities or communities of color. And below-peer-level lending to low-income communities in all of its assessment areas.

Written by Courtney Eccles on November 12, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced last week that it will begin collecting consumer complaints on payday loans.

Written by Katie Buitrago on November 8, 2013
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) recently announced an important new resource for municipalities looking to reduce the negative impacts of vacant residential buildings on their communities.
Written by Courtney Eccles on November 7, 2013
Join staff of Woodstock Institute and allies from across the country for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) annual conference in Washington, D.C.
Written by Dan Fair on November 5, 2013
It’s been an incredible year for Woodstock Institute and our partners.
Written by Dan Fair on October 29, 2013
Communities are struggling to emerge from the devastation of the foreclosure crisis. While our neighborhoods make efforts to recover, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)—regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—has refused to implement policies proven to protect vulnerable homeowners from foreclosure.

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