The 2014 American Dream Dinner
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Union League Club of Chicago
Reception – 5:30 pm, Dinner – 7:00 pm, Program – 8:00 pm
With Guest Speaker
William J. Brodsky
Executive Chairman of the Board
Chicago Board Options Exchange
American Dream

April – National Financial Literacy Month

Celebrate National Financial Literacy Month by volunteering to judge essays through the InvestWrite Essay contest.  Essays relate to investment principles and are generally one page long. Judging is on your own time and done online.
Visit the InvestWrite site to register and for more information.
Invest Write

Econ Illinois participates in Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week® began as a coordinated effort of the Money Smart Advisory Council, a diverse group of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to promote personal financial literacy.  The Chicago Federal Reserve convened the Council's first meeting in July 2001, during which members agreed to share resources and ideas to achieve greater public awareness of the programs and services available in the city of Chicago.  The result was Money Smart Week 2002 — six days of focused presentations by community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations, and financial experts, all designed to help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances.

Money Smart Week partners will be hosting their events April 5 -12, 2014.  Visit Money Smart Week for more information.

Survey of the States

"Every two years, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) conducts a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States, collecting data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  2014?s Survey of the States shows notable progress over the past 15 years since the first survey was conducted, particularly in economic education. But progress in personal finance has slowed its pace since the mid-2000?s. The biennial Survey of the States serves as an important benchmark for our progress, revealing both how far we?ve come and how far we still have to go."  To read the report and see the results, visit Survey of the States.

First Friday is published electronically each month by Econ Illinois.


Partner of the Year

BMO Harris

Honorary Event Chairs

Advantage Futures

IMC Financial

Speaker Sponsor


Reception Sponsor

Interactive Brokers

Young Professionals

Join the Econ Illinois Young Professionals Group for networking and volunteering opportunities!  Contact Tricia Maxwell, for more information.



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