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Retirement Security

Auto IRA Fact Sheet

March 27, 2012

These fact sheets provide an overview of the Automatic IRA bills introduced in the Illinois General Assembly in 2012 – HB4497 / SB3278. The State of Illinois should...

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Racial Equity

Disparities in Assets and Ownership: Limitations to the American Dream in Communities of Color

February 23, 2012

The disparities in assets and ownership seen between communities of color and whites perpetuate a troubling problem in Illinois. Thousands of African Americans, Latinos,...

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Children's Savings Accounts

Children’s Savings Account Task Force Recommendations

December 7, 2011

The Illinois Children’s Savings Account Task Force was a diverse group of individuals from the government, nonprofit, and the financial services industry, that recommended...

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Children's Savings Accounts

Children’s Savings Accounts: A Review of Research on the Investment in the Future of Illinois’ Children & Families

Children’s savings accounts are innovative financial products opened at birth that support children and families in savings for their child’s future goals of education,...

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Children's Savings Accounts

The Impact of Asset Building on the Aspirations of Children and Parents

November 1, 2011

Research findings on asset-building programs, such as Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) for adults and Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Downpayment (SEED)...

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Financial Education

The Impact of Financial Education on Savings Behavior

Research from a variety of studies finds that combining financial education and savings account ownership have a positive impact, where each leads a person to seek more of...

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Children's Savings Accounts

Investing in Children’s Future: The Potential Behind Illinois 529s

October 4, 2011

This presentation provides an overview of Illinois’ 529 College Savings Program – Bright Start. It includes proposals for modifying the Bright Start program in a...

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Credit Building

Bridging the Gap: Credit Scores and Economic Opportunity In Illinois Communities of Color

This report analyzed credit score data from a major national credit bureau in large Illinois zip codes and found significant disparities in credit characteristics between...

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Alternative Small Dollar Loans

Alternative Small Dollar Loans in Illinois

Short term, small dollar loans are often a temporary necessity for many consumers trying to make ends meet. Unfortunately, the current market is primarily limited to payday...

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