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Access to Banking

2019 Legislative Roundup: Illinois Takes Steps to Help Families Build Financial Security

June 21, 2019

IABG advocates for policies that close the racial wealth divide, expand savings opportunities, and protect Illinoisans from wealth-stripping financial products and practices....

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Children's Savings Accounts

Illinois Senate Passes Children’s Savings Account Legislation

May 31, 2019

ILLINOIS CSA PROGRAM WOULD BE THE LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY & MAKE IT 3 TIMES MORE LIKELY LOW-INCOME STUDENTS WOULD ENROLL IN COLLEGE On a bipartisan vote of 40-15-0,...

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Racial Equity

Racial Disparities Exist Across All Measures of Financial Security in Illinois

January 29, 2019

By Sarah Martin, Policy & Advocacy Intern for Heartland Alliance Prosperity Now’s annual Scorecard provides an overview of American households’ financial health. The...

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Asset Poverty

Prosperity Now Chicago Scorecard

July 19, 2018

Prosperity Now’s annual Scorecard provides a comprehensive look at families’ financial health across the United States. It assesses 50 states and the District of Columbia...

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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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Legislative Update

2018 Legislative Roundup

June 7, 2018

IABG, a project of Heartland Alliance, advocates for policies that address the growing racial wealth divide, expand savings opportunities, and protect Illinoisans from...

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Asset Poverty

2018 Update on Poverty in Illinois

April 26, 2018

Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT Research Center recently provided an update on poverty in Illinois, and found that women, people of color, and children are the most...

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Asset Poverty

Richest 20% of Households Make 5 Times More Than the Poorest 20% in Illinois

March 22, 2018

By Amber Blatt, Policy & Advocacy Intern & Jody Blaylock, Senior Policy Associate New data from Prosperity Now shows that Illinois is desperately in need of bold...

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Retirement Security

Equitable Access to Secure Choice

Illinois is among the first states in the nation to pass retirement savings legislation in the form of Secure Choice. With the implementation of Secure Choice, workers in...

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