Woodstock in the News

May 24, 2016

By Becky Yerak

Two new bank branches in lower-income or largely minority Chicago neighborhoods are expected to open as Huntington Bank seeks to win over community groups as it awaits regulatory approval for its acquisition of FirstMerit Bank.

April 25, 2016

by Bruce Rushton

A bill to regulate online lenders that target small businesses with loans that can carry more than 100-percent annual interest rates is moving, albeit slowly, through the Illinois General Assembly.

March 3, 2016

by Lydia Hu

Regions Bank, Birmingham’s largest private employer, cannot apply to open or buy new bank branches.  This limit on growth follows a downgrading in its Community Reinvestment Act rating.

January 29, 2016

By Ellyn Fortino

Saving for retirement could get much easier for more than a million private-sector Illinois workers next year under a first-in-the-nation state program that is in the works.

January 4, 2016

By Peter Rudegeair, Emily Glazer, and Ruth Simon

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. spent about $8 billion this year on technology. But when it came to developing a new online loan for small business, the bank turned to an unlikely outsider.

January 4, 2016

By Kathy Sweedler

Interest rates on loans vary tremendously. For example, the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan rate is 4.01%, according to Bankrate's recent survey of large lenders. In contrast, a vehicle title loan's annual percentage rate is often over 200%!

December 10, 2015

By Gail MarksJarvis

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will laud Illinois on Monday for being the first state in the country to make retirement saving easier for people working for small companies and will lay out rules aimed at helping other states follow without fear of being sued.

November 30, 2015

Dory Rand was a featured guest on WVON's Real Talk Real People with Art Chat Daddy Sims urging home owners to submit complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s consumer complaint database who have been affected by unfair or predatory financial products and services.

November 30, 2015

By Maureen Foertsch McKinney

Tristian Ellis’ test scores in reading and math dropped dramatically this fall from last. The difference: the Ellis family had its own apartment last year. Now, the family of four stays in a shelter on Chicago’s far north side.

November 23, 2015

By The Editorial Board

Millions of people moved closer to a secure retirement last week when the Labor Department issued guidelines to help states establish savings plans for private-sector employees who do not have retirement benefits through their jobs.