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April is Financial Literacy Month, which culminates in Money Smart Week, April 21 to 28. Throughout the month, free programs in DeKalb, LaSalle and Lee counties will cover many facets of economics and personal finance, from establishing a budget to estate planning, taxes and saving for college. Dozens of individuals, businesses and other organizations are...
In National Book Award Winner M.T. Anderson’s latest satirical novel, Landscape with Invisible Hand, humans are invited to participate in a galactic economy but struggle to adjust to a market run by aliens and ruined by alien technology. Anderson’s books, such as Landscape, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing and Feed, often use humor and...
Students, staff and community members are invited to Money Smart Week programs throughout DeKalb, LaSalle and Lee counties during the week of April 22 to 29. All programming is free and covers many facets of personal finance, from establishing a budget to estate planning, couponing and more. Money Smart Week includes financial literacy programs for...
Nancy Hanlon Harrison (left) and Econ IL Governing Board Chair Pamela C. Piarowski
Nancy Hanlon Harrison, president and executive director of Econ Illinois, is this year’s recipient of the Terry Savage Financial Literacy Award. Harrison was honored for her contributions to the advancement of financial literacy by Illinois Jump$tart Coalition (ILJ$), an affiliate of the national Jump$tart Coalition, the country’s leading advocate for youth financial education. The award...
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Education-based nonprofit Econ Illinois, the state’s leading provider of economic education and financial literacy programs for K-12 schools, held the eighth annual American Dream Dinner April 30 at the Union League Club of Chicago. The event welcomed nearly 250 guests and was one of the most successful in the history of the organization. All proceeds...
A student in one of the very first STEM Divas classes, held on campus at Northern Illinois University and facilitated by STEM Outreach, works with her Doodler 3D printer pen to create 3-dimensional jewelry.
Pettee Guerrero is the embodiment of a STEM Diva. An educator with NIU STEM Outreach in the Center for P-20 Engagement, Guerrero lives for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She has an infectious enthusiasm for both STEM learning and NIU that is on full display in her high-energy demonstrations. She can be seen on...
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Until we find that goose laying golden eggs, we are all going to have to learn to manage credit and debt wisely. Luckily, NIU’s Center for Economic Education and STEM Outreach are offering a workshop for educators and a STEM Café for the general public to help people learn about financial literacy. And, in the...
Anne Kaplan
Anne Kaplan, vice president of Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technologies at NIU, was presented with the Richard Peterson Award during a honors luncheon hosted by Econ Illinois. The Peterson Award was established in 2000 by the Econ Illinois Executive Committee in memory of Richard S. Peterson, former chair of of the Econ Illinois Board of...
Lori Berkes-Nelson
Lori Berkes-Nelson has been named executive director of the NIU-based Illinois Council on Economic Education, doing business as Econ Illinois. She replaces outgoing director Joanne Dempsey, who is retiring after leading the not-for-profit group for 17 years. “I’ll work to build on the successes Joanne has brought to the organization,” Berkes-Nelson said. “She should be...
This “Opportunity Cost” poster by a local third grader was a regional contender in the Economics Poster Contest.
Whether the stock market goes up or down, NIU financial literacy programs have been teaching people how to make good economic decisions for more than 60 years. University and community organizations now are coming together to bring more attention and resources to those efforts. The Financial Literacy Collaborative combines the work of seven organizations that...
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The Great Recession of 2008 lingers on, with daily reminders that our economy is a fragile entity which we ignore at our own peril. Yet the study of economics and the basic principles of financial literacy remain on the periphery of public education at all levels. For 60 years, NIU-housed organization Econ Illinois has worked...
Joyce Z., a 5th grader at Spring Brook Elementary in Naperville, was a 2011 state winner.
NIU’s Center for Economic Education and Econ Illinois recently held an awards presentation at NIU-Naperville to honor the state and regional winners and honorable mentions in the 2011 Economic Concepts Poster Contest. More than 2,500 students from 51 K-12 schools participated. Students were encouraged to use their imaginations in producing posters to communicate the concepts of...
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