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Last Updated: 05/18/05

News Release

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Advisory Council Announce "Operation Green Light"

CHICAGO-(May 18, 2005)-- The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Money Smart Advisory Council announced today that local businesses will illuminate their building exteriors green starting May 23 in recognition of Money Smart Week.

Called "Operation Green Light," this effort will turn many city buildings the color of money in honor of the upcoming week of financial education activities May 23-28.

This is the first effort to honor Money Smart Week and its promotion of financial education awareness in this way. During Money Smart Week, look to the following landmark Chicago buildings for green lights: LaSalle Bank, Marshall Field's, 900 North Michigan, Sears Tower, and Water Tower Place.

Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, members of its Money Smart Advisory Council and other partner organizations, Money Smart Week is designed to educate consumers about a wide range of money management topics such as saving, avoiding identity theft, and using credit wisely.

More than 200 free classes, seminars and activities promoting financial education will take place. These will be carried out by over 60 local community groups, businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations.

"Operation Green Light exemplifies the city's continuous commitment and support of Money Smart Week," said Chicago Fed President Michael Moskow. "We hope that seeing the color of money will remind people to consider learning more about managing their personal finances."

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, USA. Tel. (312) 322-5322

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