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Add to Your Knowledge during National Financial Literacy Month

New laws and regulations, a blitz of ads about financial products, the economy in a spin ... just how are we supposed to learn about finances AND then apply it to our lives?

At times it's truly overwhelming! My only solution is to keep adding to my knowledge bit by bit by reading, talking to others, and attending presentations.

Across Illinois, people have the opportunity to add to their financial knowledge during Money Smart Week. More than 800 free classes and events that help consumers learn to manage their personal finances will be offered April 17-24th. The week is coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and hundreds of partner organizations dedicated to financial literacy. It is designed to educate people about money management and increase awareness of financial education available in your community.

For more information about events slated for Money Smart Week Illinois go to, or contact your local Extension office to find out about financial education programs in your community.


Sometimes people question whether attending a short presentation can make a different in knowledge; I think it can.

For example, after attending a U of I Extension financial presentation on investing, 93% of participants said, "I am more aware of how diversification can help me meet my long-term investment goals." And, 78% felt they were better prepared to avoid investment fraud.

April is National Financial Literacy month. Take this opportunity to attend a presentation that will help you manage your finances.

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