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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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Car Title Lending

2019 Title Loan Legislative Resources

January 28, 2019

Title loans prey on Illinoisans with crippling interest rates as high as 360%. In 2017, more than 61,000 Illinoisans were stuck in title loans. These loans trap consumers in...

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Access to Banking

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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Car Title Lending

Campaign for a 36% Cap on Title Loans Gains Wide Support

June 1, 2018

  Earlier this year, we kicked off a campaign for the Fair Lending Act (SB2843), which caps interest rates on car title loans at 36%. Car title loans prey on Illinoisans...

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Consumer Protections

This Month in DC: Payday Loan Rule Survives, but Dodd-Frank Does Not

May 30, 2018

May was a big month for consumer protection laws in DC. We won a significant victory in the fight against predatory lending, but we also saw Congress roll back key provisions...

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Consumer Protections

Fact Sheet: Protect Savings for People with Disabilities

April 26, 2018

The ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) program eases the financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by allowing them to open tax-free savings accounts...

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Consumer Protections

Peoples Gas Proposal Would Cause Devastating Increases to Gas Bills

January 10, 2018

Peoples Gas has been working for years to replace Chicago’s aging gas pipes in a project called the System Modernization Program. The cost of this project has exploded...

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Car Title Lending

Members of Congress Introduce Bill to Repeal the National Payday Loan Rule

December 13, 2017

Ignoring the voices of families and communities who have worked for years for relief from the harms of predatory payday lending, a handful of members of Congress have...

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College Access

Illinois Passes Student Loan Bill of Rights

November 8, 2017

Last night, with a vote of 98-16, the Illinois House voted to override the Governor’s veto of SB1351, the Student Loan Bill of Rights! The law, which goes into effect...

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