Research Brief: Can Illinois Households Afford a Check-cashing Rate Increase 

In February of 2017, the check-cashing industry petitioned the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to increase the maximum rate currency exchanges can charge to cash a check in Illinois. Woodstock Institute analyzed income data from 2007—the last year in which check-cashing rates were increased— through 2016 to determine to what degree Illinois households could absorb this increase.

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