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Financial Education is Focus of America Saves Week

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Steve Ayers
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
srayers@illinois.edu

The third annual America Saves Week (ASW) is February 22–March 1, 2009. Locally, our Champaign County Saves (CCS) coalition will host numerous free financial education opportunities throughout the area. One highlight of the week will be the appearance of Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by Steve Shoemaker) with stories of thrift throughout his lifetime. Abe will speak at the ASW kick-off press conference Monday, February 23 at the Champaign Public Library. America Saves nationwide campaign has over 143,000 savers enrolled who are committed to reducing debt and building wealth, even in these challenging times.

The following events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested for most of the events.

Monday, Feb. 23 @ 10 a.m.

ASW Press Conference & Financial Education Summit at the Champaign Public Library. Mayoral proclamations and brief presentations on financial education opportunities available by CCS partners.

Monday, Feb. 23 @ 7 p.m.

"What You Need to Know About Credit Scores" by Teri Selin of BankChampaign. Workshop at U of I Extension office at 801 N. Country Fair Drive. Please pre-register at 333-7672.

Tuesday, Feb. 24 @ 7 p.m.

"Outlook & Opportunities – Don't Fear the Bear!" by Mike Kessel of Edward Jones discussing previous market cycles, inflation, real estate, and current opportunities for investors. Workshop at the Champaign Public Library. Please pre-register at the library at 403-2070.

Tuesday, Feb. 24 @ 7 p.m.

"Getting Through Tough Times" by Kathy Sweedler of U of I Extension. Learn how to work through the tough times and regain your financial health. Workshop at Rantoul Public Library at 106 Flessner Ave., Rantoul. Please pre-register at 333-7672.

Tuesday, Feb. 24 @ 5:30 p.m.

"Checkwise/Banking Basics" by Kathy Leary at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance. Phone Kathy at 888-671-2227 for information.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 @ 7 p.m.

"What You Need to Know About Identity Theft" by John Moore, Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist. Workshop at U of I Extension office at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign. Please pre-register at 333-7672.

Thursday, Feb. 26 @ 7 p.m.

"What You Need to Know About Identity Theft" by John Moore. Workshop at 7 p.m. at Rantoul Recreation Center, 100 Flessner Ave., Rantoul. Please pre-register at 333-7672.

Monday, March 2 @ 7 p.m.

"Financial Life Skills for Today's Economy" by Nancy Dietrich at U of I Extension office at 801 N. Country Fair Drive. Limited seating so please pre-register at 333-7672.

Tuesday, March 10 @ 7 p.m.

"Get Out of Debt Fast" by Scott Olthoff of Salt & Light at Champaign Public Library. Please pre-register at 403-2070.

Tuesday, March 24 @ 7 p.m.

"Estate Planning Basics" by Ben Franklin of Franklin Financial Planning at Champaign Public Library. Please pre-register at 403-2070.

If you have any questions, contact the ASW hotline at 333-7672 or Facebook groups, Champaign County Saves.

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