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Woodstock Institute urges IL Senators to stand for disparate impact doctrine

Written by Julianna Nunez on June 23, 2015 - 10:45am

In 2014, eight Illinois organizations received over $2.8 million to help enforce fair housing rules. Budget cuts would limit these organizations’ ability to meet critical needs, such as conducting fair housing testing; supporting the recovery from the foreclosure crisis; and advancing the housing rights of people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and other underserved communities.   

Sen. Kirk votes to block new leadership of housing regulator

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) voted today to filibuster a vote on President Obama’s nomination of Congressman Mel Watt as the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The motion to allow Congressman Watt’s confirmation vote failed on a vote of 56-42 (60 votes are necessary to proceed). The FHFA is a powerful agency that regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which invests in more than three-fourths of the nation’s new mortgages. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) voted against the filibuster.

Tell Sen. Kirk to allow a vote for new leadership at FHFA

Written by Dan Fair on October 29, 2013 - 10:22am

It’s time for a leader who will make priority one preventing further damage from the foreclosure crisis. Sign onto our letter telling Sen. Kirk that homeowners deserve a vote on new leadership at FHFA.

Congressman Mel Watt’s nomination to lead the FHFA will come to a vote this week on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Congressman Watt possesses vast experience in housing issues and has expressed support for policies that will support recovery in our neighborhoods.

Speak up for Illinois consumers and support Richard Cordray this week

As we recently noted, a vote to confirm Richard Cordray as the Director of the CFPB is likely to happen this week. Senator Kirk has blocked Cordray in the past, and we need to let him know that voting against Cordray is voting against Illinois consumers.

How can you make your voice heard on Director Cordray’s confirmation?

Letter to Sen. Kirk urging him to confirm Richard Cordray as CFPB director

Sign on letter urging Sen. Mark Kirk to vote for Richard Cordray's nomination as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Sen. Kirk previously voted against moving Cordray's nomination forward and has signed a letter indicating he will oppose the confirmation. A vote against Cordray is a vote for fewer protections for Illinois consumers. Without a director the CFPB will not have the authority to rein in some of the worst actors in the financial industry. 

Act today: Tell Sen. Kirk to support Cordray

Written by Dan Fair on May 20, 2013 - 6:26pm

For almost two years, the CFPB has protected consumers from dangerous financial products and returned millions of dollars to those who were victimized by them. Yet these Senators are willing to leave consumers more vulnerable to predatory products not because they have issues with Cordray, but because of objections to the structure of the agency.

The CFPB’s work is too important to be held up by political grandstanding.

7,000 Illinoisans Tell Sen. Kirk it’s Time to Support CFPB Director Cordray

Written by Dan Fair on May 7, 2013 - 6:37pm

The petitions were delivered as part of a national movement during which over 160,000 Americans signed a petition from Americans for Financial Reform asking members of Congress to confirm Cordray let the CFPB continue to do its job of protecting consumers.

Sen. Kirk’s Vote on Cordray Disappoints

Written by Dan Fair on March 19, 2013 - 9:12pm
Last week, we sent a letter to Sen. Kirk urging him to vote in favor of Cordray’s confirmation. Illinoisans continue to suffer the effects of predatory and deceptive financial practices. At a time when consumer debt issues have topped the list of complaints to the Illinois attorney general five years in a row, Sen. Kirk’s vote is disappointing.
There’s no two ways around it: A vote against Cordray’s confirmation is a vote for fewer protections for Illinois consumers.


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