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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Money Smart Week Illinois (Chicago, Champaign, Peoria, Springfield, Quad Cities...)

Once upon a time, in a land very close by, a wise person decided that he (or maybe it was a she - I actually don't know) wanted to make the world (or at least Chicago) a better place. This person worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, so of course they wanted to help the people of the land learn how to better manage their money. And so this person put out a call across the land to bring together a group of like-minded people. And that was how Money Smart Week was created.

OK, I'm no Aesop, this is no fairy tale, and I've probably taken a few liberties with the truth. But Money Smart Week truly has become a legend. Starting in Chicago around 8 years ago, it has spread across Illinois and to many other states. From April 18 through the 25th, we will observe Money Smart Week 2009 across the state of Illinois. During this weeklong observance, partners from literally hundreds of organizations provide free workshops on every conceivable financial topic. It's a bonanza of financial education opportunities. Most programs are in English, but some are in Spanish or other languages. They cover everything from how to do a budget or manage your credit, to choosing investments and planning for retirement. And best of all, they're taking place at all sorts of locations, probably one near you - maybe your library, or a bank, or a community organization, or a University of Illinois Extension office in your community.

University of Illinois Extension has been an active partner in Money Smart Week from the beginning. I and the other Consumer & Family Economics Educators across Illinois will be presenting dozens of workshops, drawing on our research-based, unbiased store of knowledge.

Come join us! Check out the searchable online calendar for your part of the state:

  • the Chicago calendar of events,
  • the Illinois calendar, which includes the greater Peoria area, Bloomington/Normal, Champaign, Springfield, and Rockford
  • or the Quad Cities calendar.

You can also check our Extension calendar to find events where our educators will be presenting, during Money Smart Week or at any time of year.

Have you been to a Money Smart Week event in the past? Click on my name below and tell me what you thought about it.

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