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Union League Club of ChicagoStage is set for Counting on ProgressCounting on Progress 2014Sheila, Brian and Alicia get name badges sorted and readyName badgesSheilaMore name badgesMain Dining Room at the Union League ClubHonest AbeSheila, Brian and Alicia posing for a photoSheila 1Sheila 2Sheila 3Honoree awardsStaging areaDan Sprehe, Eliot Klein and Harlan TellerFoodMore foodWe gave her a gift.Tiffany Finke and Kelly GoodallDan Sprehe and Chase guestsNicole and Volunteer Sarah BrothertonIllinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and RaissaAssociate Board Member Raymond King and GuestAlicia and SheilaAssociate Board Member John Lamszus and Elizabeth LamszusBoard Member Harlan TellerBoard Member Harlan TellerDirector of Asian Affairs for the State of Illinois, Theresa MahDavid Marzahl


Posted: May 29, 2013

Koskinen and Olson Unveil IRS's New Taxpayer Bill of Rights: CEP Tax Clinic Director Paul Harrison Quoted
Tax Notes Today, June 11, 2014 

Free Tax Help: Interview with CEP's Community Building Manager Juan Villalobos
Azteca America, April 14, 2014 

Chicago Tonight: Interview featuring CEP's Community Building Manager Juan Villalobos
WTTW, April 8, 2014 

Illinois Newsmakers: Interview with CEP President & CEO David Marzahl
Comcast, April 1, 2014 

Free Tax Help: Interview featuring CEP's Community Building Manager Juan Villalobos
Univision Chicago, January 28, 2014 

Still Marching 1-22-14: Interview with CEP President & CEO David Marzahl
First Business News, January 22, 2014 

People on the Move: Michael Fayhee and Jodie Winnett as New Board Members
Crain's Chicago Business, November 8 & December 5, 2013

People on the Move: Non-Profits, Eddie Gershman and Jodie Winnett as New Board Members
Crain's Chicago Business, August 15, 2013 

CTA Rolls Back Some Controversial Ventra Fees
Chicago Sun-Times, May 24, 2013 

2 weeks until Tax Day: Low-income help; tips for self-employed
ABC7 News, April 1, 2013 

People on the Move: Harlan Teller, 61, to Board Chair
Crain's Chicago Business, February 21, 2013 

Free Tax Prep Puts Money in the Pockets of Illinois Working Families
Medill News Service, February 20, 2013

Quinn Urges Eligible Taxpayers to File for Credit
WTHITV10, February 17, 2013

Quinn: Not Enough People are Taking Advantage of Tax Breaks
CBS Chicago, February 16, 2013

Credit Reports: How to Detect, Report Errors
ABC7 News, February 12, 2013 

CBS2 TV Investigators: Tax Preparers May Be Ripping You Off
CBS2 TV, February 4, 2013

Chicago's Mayor Adds Funds for Free Tax Help, January 23, 2013

Posted: July 23, 2013

CHICAGO -- The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) is excited to welcome new expertise to its Board of Directors. Recently elected members Eddie Gershman of Deloitte Tax and Jodie Winnett of Winnett Civic Ingenuity bring comprehensive knowledge of tax and financial planning to CEP, a national leader among low-income tax payer assistance programs.

Posted: February 5, 2013

CHICAGO -- The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) has ushered in the New Year with changes to its board leadership. Harlan Teller, a Chicago public relations veteran and current CEP board member, has been elected Board Chair, following a stint as chair of the organization’s nomination and governance committee. Teller succeeds Daniel Nielsen as board chair, and will serve a two‐year term.

Posted: January 22, 2013

CHICAGO – Starting this week, the Center for Economic Progress (CEP), a volunteer-based non-profit, will help Chicago’s and Illinois’ low-income families with free, high-quality tax preparation. CEP will be in nearly 15 communities this tax season to help low-income families take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax benefits and keep all of their hard-earned money in their pockets and benefiting their communities.