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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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Asset Poverty

Prosperity Now 2018 Illinois Scorecard

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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Auto Title Lending

Car Title Loan Legislative Resources

February 26, 2018

Car title loans prey on Illinoisans with crippling interest rates as high as 304%. These loans trap consumers in debt they can’t repay, and cause thousands every year to...

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Asset Poverty

New Book Calls for Polices that Address Financial Instability

February 1, 2018

By Amber Blatt, Policy & Advocacy Intern  “Deep within the American Dream lies the belief that hard work and steady saving will ensure a comfortable retirement and a...

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Asset Building Tools

Peoria Re-Entry Program Uses Consumer Bureau Toolkit to Prepare Individuals for Successful Return to Community

January 16, 2018

Image: Andy Kravetz This blog post was jointly written by Janice Parker with Navicore Solutions and Jody Blaylock with Heartland Alliance and the Illinois Asset Building...

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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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Asset Poverty

Our 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

January 8, 2018

Here at IABG, we’re taking time this holiday season to reflect on our priorities going into the New Year. Here are our five new year’s resolutions to promote financial...

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Auto 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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