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Retirement Security

English Secure Choice Fact Sheet for Illinois Workers

April 26, 2018

Secure Choice is a new program that helps Illinois workers save for retirement. It is launching in 2018 and all eligible workers will be enrolled by the end of 2020. Help...

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Consumer Protections

Fact Sheet: Protect Savings for People with Disabilities

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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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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Car Title Lending

2018 Car Title Loan Legislative Resources

February 26, 2018

Car title loans prey on Illinoisans with crippling interest rates as high as 360%. 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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