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Woodstock Institute consulting services can help you understand on-the-ground financial realities so you can better achieve your mission

For nearly four decades, Woodstock Institute has helped public, private, and nonprofit organizations make sure their programs, products, and policies have the intended impact. Our consulting services can provide:

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Condo foreclosures drive new foreclosure growth in Chicago suburbs, new data show

Condominium foreclosures comprise an increasingly large share of new filing activity in suburban Cook County. New filings on condominiums grew most dramatically in North and Northwest Cook County, growing by 77 and 76 percent, respectively, from the first half of 2009 to the first half of 2010. New filings on condominiums in the City of Chicago grew by 38 percent over the same time period, although the City had the largest number of filings on condominium units in the first half of 2010.

Woodstock Institute statement on Senate passage of Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Bill

Written by Tom Feltner on July 19, 2010 - 3:55pm

Over the past two years, dozens of Chicago region consumer and community organizations called their legislators, participated in and convened roundtable discussions, signed on to letters, and went to Washington to call for real financial reform. They sent a clear message to Illinois legislators–the patchwork consumer protections that failed to prevent the foreclosure crisis and allowed widespread abuse in the consumer credit markets cannot continue.

Woodstock Institute welcomes new experts to board of directors

Written by Dory Rand on June 22, 2010 - 9:48am

Angel Beltran is the vice president of the MB Financial Community Development Corporation and a community development officer at MB Financial Bank in Chicago. Mr. Beltran has more than ten years of experience in Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and community development banking products and services and has served on many nonprofit boards.

Consumer advocates say landmark payday loan reforms accomplish goal of ending 700 percent loans, breaking cycle of debt

Written by Monsignor John Egan Campaign for Payday Loan Reform on May 31, 2010 - 12:00am

“Capping rates for short-term loans was our number one priority,” said Woodstock Institute Vice President Tom Feltner. “These reforms, passed overwhelmingly by the General Assembly with bi-partisan support, succeed in doing this and will ensure that borrowers are not stuck in long-term, 700 percent loans.”

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