Illinois Saves

Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Take Action

Across Illinois, people just like you are proving you can start small, and think big. Illinois Savers are setting financial goals, tracking their spending, and taking control of their financial future. Don't wait any longer...enroll in Illinois Saves today!

Saving Strategies:

Building wealth starts when you set a goal and make a plan to reach that goal. Whatever goal you choose – whether it’s buying a car, buying a house, or getting out from under your debts – learn about proven saving strategies and get simple tips on the best ways to save. Click on the links below to learn how to:



Steven Li is a recent graduate of Walter Payton College Prep and a student at Stanford University studying Management Science & Engineering. Steven first joined On the Money Magazine to promote entrepreneurial endeavors regardless of unconventional backgrounds someone may rise from. In addition, Steven is the lead publishing author of Succeeding in the College Application Journey, featuring a college book guide exploring all steps of the application process while embracing first-generation, people of color, and immigrant backgrounds. The book can be found on Amazon here. Infusing his immigrant and low-income background, Steven hopes to continue inspiring others to start their own careers and passion projects regardless of expertise, qualifications, or background and to save!

"Coming from a family with immigrants from China who sacrificed their education to come to the United States to provide me a better opportunity for my future, college has always been a prized jewel in my family’s eyes. Witnessing the barriers my parents continuously face due to their education only up to the 4th-grade, I knew I needed a college education to break the financial barrier and gain social mobility. To use this opportunity my parents gave up for me is my genuine need to repay them, removing their financial stress and completing the American Dream my parents passed onward."

Contact Us

Illinois Saves

Campaign Coordinator
Tracy Frizzell
Phone: (773) 955-9000

Campaign Co-Coordinator
Kristi Knapp
Events Manager
Phone: (773) 955-9000

Take the Illinois Saves Pledge

It’s easy to become a Saver and it’s FREE! Simply: Set a Goal, Make a Plan, Take Action