Woodstock in the News

August 15, 2014

By Richard Webner

A decade ago, the South Side reveled in a surge of development, with condos and town houses sprouting from some of its empty lots.

August 11, 2014

By Steve Sadin

Lake County Circuit Judge Mitch Hoffman of Highland Park has been stemming the tide of foreclosure suits one home at a time, taking his message about the court’s Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program on the road.

August 11, 2014

By Herb Weisbaum

Checking accounts—and the debit cards that come with them—should be a simple and straightforward way to handle routine financial transactions. And yet, many people simply don't understand the overdraft policies at their bank or credit union.

August 5, 2014

By Kevin Wack

For the last four years, U.S. regulators have been requiring banks to offer their customers a choice on overdraft fees. And in response, most consumers have opted not to run the risk of incurring large fees in exchange for the ability to spend more than they have.

July 29, 2014
WSIL -- Millions of Illinois workers do not have access to retirement savings through their jobs, but Senator Daniel Biss is hoping to change that.
July 25, 2014
Chicago’s housing market has been recovering steadily in recent years. The rate of foreclosure filings has gone down across the city since the housing crisis, and home prices have significantly increased compared to a year ago. But some neighborhoods aren’t recovering nearly as fast as others. WBEZ’s Susie An has the details on one reason why that may be. Spencer Cowan, Vice President of the Woodstock Institute, offers some history on why some neighborhoods are slower to rebound than others.
July 9, 2014
The head of federal agency that oversees housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac visited Chicago today to tout the government's mortgage relief program, but didn't satisfy some local advocates who say the agency isn't doing enough to help struggling homeowners.
July 9, 2014
When Larry Hallock and his partner decided to move from Chicago's vibrant Lakeview neighborhood, they never imagined they would consider living in the Austin community on the city's beleaguered West Side, let alone wind up in a bidding war over a six-flat building there.
July 9, 2014

Minority borrowers are far less likely than their white counterparts to get approved for a mortgage, according to a new Urban Institute study.

July 9, 2014
Activists in Chicago are using the power of the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to ensure that U.S. Bank NA, lives up to its commitments to Blacks and Latinos as they aim to acquire Chicago-area branches of RBS Citizens/Charter One Bank.