In the News

FOX 32 Chicago – February 2021

FOX 32 Chicago spoke to Ladder Up about providing free tax services to communities around the Chicago land area.

Chicago Now Article – July 2020

Chicago Now spoke to Ladder Up about the Get My Payment Illinois Coalition’s work to ensure as many Illinoisans as possible secure the Federal stimulus payments.

Chalkbeat Chicago Article – July 2020

Chalkbeat Chicago spoke to Ladder Up’s Carly Oishi about FAFSA trends amid the pandemic and the process for updating aid forms if your financial situation has changed in 2020.


Voice of Charity Radio Interview – March 2020

WNDZ spoke with Ladder Up and Catholic Charities to discuss the importance of their partnership and the impact it has generated over the years.


Daily Southtown – March 2020

Daily Southtown spoke with Ladder Up and Larry Owens, a longtime volunteer at the Southland tax site, about tax services and benefits.

WGN – February 2020

Ladder Up spoke with WGN about tax tips for the gig economy.

FOX Chicago – February 2020

Ladder Up spoke with FOX Chicago about important notes for the tax season.

WGN Radio – Wintrust Business Lunch – February 2020

Ladder Up spoke with WGN on the Wintrust Business Lunch about key tips for the tax season.

Univision – February 2020

Univision interviewed Ladder Up about tips for the tax season on its Primera Hora morning show.

Chicago Tribune Shout Outs – Ladder Up Volunteers – Winter 2020

Local Chicago Tribune affiliates have featured a number of Ladder Up volunteers to spotlight their contributions.

ABC 20 Story on Springfield Tax Site – January 2020

ABC 20 local news covered opening day for Ladder Up’s Springfield tax site.

Chicago Weekend Citizen – January 2020

Ladder Up spoke with Chicago Citizen about the free tax services it provides to Chicagoans.

Tax Time Allies Press Release

Through its Financial Freedom Foundation, Intuit made a $15,000 grant to Ladder Up to support the organization’s free file service.

Chicago Tribune – December 2019

Ladder Up spoke with Tribune reporter Dawn Rhodes about the challenges of colleges communicating with students via email when teenagers aren’t checking as often as they should and possible solutions.

WCIU TV – December 2019

Ladder Up was interviewed on WCIU’s The Jam to discuss navigating the college financial aid process.

WVON Radio – Fall 2019

Ladder Up was interviewed on the Perri Small Show in the fall of 2019 to discuss applying for financial aid for college.

WVON Radio – Spring 2019

Ladder Up was interviewed by Perri Small of WVON in the spring of 2019 to discuss what to do if you can’t pay your tax bill.

Red Eye Chicago

Ladder Up was featured in a column in the Red Eye featuring volunteer opportunities and information about our services.


ABC 7 highlighted Ladder Up’s 2018 Tax-A-Thon event at Olive-Harvey College and ongoing tax preparation services.

Ladder Up 2018 Tax-A-Thon Press Release

Ladder Up Launches Tax-A-Thon During Busiest Month of Tax Season

Spanish Public Media

Ladder Up Project Coordinator Becky Santiago was interviewed by Spanish Public Media about free tax help available in 2018 and Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs). & Lawndale News and Lawndale promoted Tax Prep Chicago, the partnership between the City of Chicago, the Center for Economic Progress, and Ladder Up, that makes free tax services available to thousands of Chicago residents each year.

Tax Prep Chicago Press Release

Tax Prep Chicago Encourages Residents to Take Advantage of Free Income Tax Assistance


The Morning Shift interviewed Ladder Up Director Christine Cheng in late February about the 800,000 incorrect healthcare tax forms that were sent to taxpayers.

Chicago Tonight

WTTW’s Chicago Tonight interviewed Ladder Up about tax tips.


The Morning Shift interviewed Ladder Up Director Christine Cheng and longtime volunteer Judy Andringa about the Tax Assistance Program.

United Way

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago invited Ladder Up to be a part of its 2012 “Because of You” video.

Chicago Magazine

Ladder Up Founder Bob Burke was named a Chicagoan of the Year in 2011.