Money Smart Week

In coordination with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Library is sponsoring free classes designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Register at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100, or online.

Credit Reports and Credit Scores
Monday, April 4, 2 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Today, your credit history impacts everything from how much you pay for auto insurance to whether you can get a cell phone. Karen Chan, Consumer and Family Economics Educator from the University of Illinois Extension, will explain what’s in a credit report and why it matters, where to get your free annual credit report and much more. Register

Morningstar’s Best Ideas for 2011 and Beyond
Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Christine Benz, Director of Personal Finance for Morningstar, Inc., the Chicago-based investment research firm, will discuss their investment outlook for 2011. Register


Standard & Poor’s 2011 Economic Predictions
Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
The year 2011 offers a trio of three-year milestones: 1) In January, President Obama begins his third year in office, 2) In March, the S&P 500 starts the third year of this bull market, and 3) In June, the U.S. economy enters the third year of recovery. The S&P 500 has risen an average of 17% in the third year of a president’s term in office since 1945, while bull markets and economic expansions have historically lasted an average of more than four years each. Will the economy, market and administration wind down or crank up? Come hear Sam Stovall, Chief Investment Strategist of Standard & Poor’s Equity Research, discuss what S&P economists, strategists and analysts think lies ahead for the coming year. Will it glitter like gold, or go up in smoke? Register