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Alternatives to Damaging the EITC & Harming Low-Wage Workers

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee included a very damaging paragraph in its 191-page financial services budget bill. Under the guise of reducing EITC error rates, the bill would quintuple the number of pages low-wage workers need to fill out to claim tax credits for which they are eligible. In other words, the bill alleges to increase compliance but would ultimately only increase complexity. This is a flawed and imprudent strategy that will hurt low-wage workers without tackling the problems it purports to address.

Center for Economic Progress Elects New Board Members

CHICAGO - The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) is excited to welcome new expertise to its Board of Directors. Recently elected members Jon Maul of Chase and James Pyle of US Foods, Inc. bring expertise in banking and management and extensive legal knowledge to CEP, a trusted provider of free tax and financial services to low-income families.

With the addition of their skills and knowledge, the Board of Directors has an even better advantage in advising CEP in ways to continue to provide innovative, volunteer-driven services for Illinois families to reach financial stability.

Center for Economic Progress Elects New Board Members

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.

Center for Economic Progress Elects New Board Officers, Members

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.

CEP Offers Free Tax Services to Low-Income Illinois Families and Individuals - Opens 15 Tax Sites in Local Communities

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.

Team Progress, a voice for clients!

The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) is excited to launch a new client-led group called Team Progress. The team is comprised of volunteer Neighborhood Organizers that recognize CEP's growing need to hear the voices of clients within the organization.

Organizers will become trained advocates for CEP’s work and share information about the free tax, financial and legal services CEP offers low-income families across Illinois. They will also build local street teams of community volunteers to join their efforts.

CEP Associate Board

For young professionals looking to give back to their community.

Read the Associate Board position description and the list of current Associate Board members.

Interested in joining?  The Associate Board accepts applications for new members from April through June each year.  Sign up here to stay in touch with CEP and receive notification when the application opens.


CEP Board Chair Dan Nielsen welcomes the new Associate Board.


Progress in Bloom

Watch our 20th anniversary video.

CEP President Speaks Before Senate Finance Committee

On July 14, David Marzahl, the Center’s president, testified during a hearing of the United States Senate Committee on Finance. The hearing was called to discuss the future of individual tax rates and the effects on economic growth and distribution.

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