Counting on Progress, An Evening with Governor Quinn was held June 7, 2012 for the benefit of Center for Economic Progress clients. The Governor who advocates vigorously for Illinois’ working families is a strong ally of CEP. The evening was generously sponsored by Northern Trust, Gold Sponsors Exelon, Fifth Third Bank, Latham & Watkins, LLP; Silver Sponsors Country Financial, Chase, Dan Sprehe, emergencylink, Kirkland & Ellis, KPMG, North Shore Community Bank, Resolute Consulting, Scott Matrenec, Sodexo, U.S. Bank, and Walmart.
During the program special recognition was given to supporters who have helped CEP turn clients’ dreams into reality. Four awards were presented by David Marzahl, CEP President & CEO and Kimbriell Kelly, Chicago Reporter and CEP Board Member to: Two Volunteers of the Year, Laura Suhr of Northern Trust and Andy Roberson of Latham & Watkins, LLP; Corporate Champion Helen Hammond Redding, Citi; and Foundation Champion Nikki Will Stein, Polk Bros. Foundation.
Since 1990 Center for Economic Progress (CEP) has helped hard-working, low-income families move from financial uncertainty to financial security. Among the free tax and financial services offered by CEP is free tax preparation at tax sites in Chicago, Springfield and throughout Illinois. Tax season sites are open from late January until mid April. Other tax site services include: Financial Aid U (FAFSA); Checking and Savings Accounts; Prepaid Debit Card; ITINs.
CEP provides clients with free financial services year-round including financial coaching, benefits screenings, and other tax-related services. CEP’s Tax Clinic in its Chicago Loop office provides full representation for clients facing controversy with the IRS or Illinois Department of Revenue.
These services are provided with the essential assistance of donors and volunteers. Center for Economic Progress enjoys a reputation as a trusted service provider, a strong and valuable partner in the communities served, and a responsible steward of donors' investments. Charity Navigator has awarded Center for Economic Progress with three (excellent) and four-star (exceptional) ratings.