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Is New Really New? Financial Technology & Its Impact on Low-Income Families

January 31, 2019

Financial technology, or fintech, is changing the way that financial services are delivered. More people are turning to apps and online platforms to access banking services,...

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Part 2: Increasing Financial Inclusion for People with Disabilities

December 20, 2018

By Sarah Martin, Policy & Advocacy Intern for Heartland Alliance Nationwide, the poverty rate for adults with disabilities is more than twice as high as those without...

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Part 1: Barriers to Financial Inclusion for People with Disabilities

November 27, 2018

By Sarah Martin, Policy & Advocacy Intern for Heartland Alliance In Illinois 1 in 5 households is not engaged with the financial system. These families are either...

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Memo: Financial Inclusion for People with Disabilities

Download our memo to the Financial Advisory Council for the Empowerment of People with Disabilities (FACED) that describes the unique barriers faced by people with...

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IABG Launches Biannual Coalition Connection Meetings

July 13, 2018

This blog post is written by Katherine Liu, Communications Intern with Heartland Alliance.   IABG held its first biannual Coalition Connection meeting last month. These...

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IABG Joins Consumer Advocates to Oppose Check Cashing Fee Hike

September 27, 2017

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) recently proposed a double-digit fee increase on check cashing services at currency exchanges. This...

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ABLE Program Fact Sheet

August 5, 2016

Millions of individuals with disabilities rely on public benefits for health care, food, housing, and income. Previously, a means or asset test on Social Security Income...

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Ban the Box in Higher Education Fact Sheet

May 9, 2016

HB4446, sponsored by Rep. Wheeler & Sen. McGuire, would increase educational opportunities for people with criminal records. The bill would “ban the box” in...

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Bank on Chicago Community Partners Press for Safe & Affordable Prepaid Cards

July 14, 2015

More and more people are using prepaid cards, yet it is a highly unregulated industry. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2014 report Why Americans Use Prepaid Cards,...

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