From Stat Rep. DanUgaste”

Ugaste Named to Property Tax Relief Task Force

Dan Ugaste

ST. CHARLES—State Representative Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) was recently named to the Property Tax Relief Task Force, a bipartisan, bicameral group that will be analyzing the state’s property tax system to find relief for Illinois residents.

Representative Ugaste was appointed to the task force by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). 

The group will be examining the root causes of high property taxes in communities across the state, assessing other states’ legislative solutions to reduce property tax burdens in both the short and long term, and proposing policy changes that will bring real relief to Illinois homeowners.

“I hear about high property taxes from my constituents as much or more than any other issue,” said Ugaste.

“And it isn’t just in the 65th District, this is a huge issue across Illinois that is pushing residents out of our state and hurting businesses. 

“I am ready to work toward meaningful solutions that will provide the real relief our residents are looking for. 

The task force will begin working in a collaborative manner to find solutions and will report their findings to the Governor and the General Assembly within 90 days. 

“If we can find both short and long term solutions for property taxes in our state, Illinois will be on a better path forward to success.”

A final report will be submitted by December 31, 2019.

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That makes two members of the Houise wih districts covering parts of McHenry County on the task force.

The other is Tom Weber.



  1. Gee, I wonder what the problem could be?

    Let’s see, 70% of my tax bill is for schools.

    Knowing there isn’t any answer there, the committee will look at the remaining 30% and decide that nothing can be done, and we are actually getting a great deal!

    In fact, we should be taxed more!!

  2. Children learn about percentages in the 6th or 7th grade of grammar school. What say we ask school children of every school of every school district in Illinois to help the adult PROPERTY TAX RELIEF TAX FORCE. Every teacher and every classroom/homeroom will be given a sampling of real estate tax bills of homeowners (with names, addresses, pins eliminated) and asked to do simple math and percentages about the highest to lowest amounts on the bill. Then, whatever is the highest overall amount, give the children the authority to ASK and DEMAND a full accounting of the dollar amounts, the line items. Then, let the children ask the adults to explain WHY the highest amounts and what the adults are doing to lower these amounts.

  3. Here is just one problem:

    Chicago’s Lightfoot Demands State-Taxpayer Bailout, Then Offers CTU A 5-year Contract, 14% Raise

    Just three weeks ago, she was demanding a state taxpayer bailout of her city’s nearly bankrupt pension funds. The problem was so big, she said, she’d risk her “re-election” over it. Eventually, Gov. J.B. Pritzker denied her bailout request for obvious reasons – the state is just one notch from a junk rating.

    Now news reports confirm that Lightfoot has offered the Chicago Teachers’ Union a five-year contract that will cost taxpayers another $325 million. That includes guaranteed raises of more than 14 percent over the life of the contract. And that, of course, turns into more pension benefits and an even bigger pension hole for CPS.

    That’s an expensive gift for a city that Lightfoot claims is in need of a multi-billion dollar bailout.

    That about-face should infuriate every downstate Illinoisan. If the bailout had gone through, here’s what all Illinoisans would have been paying for:

    1. Chicago teachers are already highest paid vs. teachers in similar districts.
    Chicago teachers are the nation’s highest paid when compared to the largest school districts with traditional salary schedules, according to data from the National Center on Teacher Quality.

    For example, a Chicago teacher with a master’s degree receives $80,000 a year after ten years of work. In contrast, an equivalent teacher in New York City makes $70,000 and a Los Angeles teacher makes $60,000.

    2. The average career Chicago teacher will get $2 million in total pension benefits, far more than ordinary Illinoisans.
    High salaries translate into big pension benefits for career teachers. The average CPS teacher who retired in 2018 with 30-34 years of service had a final average salary of nearly $98,000 and a starting pension of over $70,000. Their average retirement age was 61.

    That pension will increase automatically by 3 percent each year and by year 25 of retirement, the pension will be double its starting amount. In all, the average retired career Chicago teacher will collect over $2.1 million in benefits over the course of her retirement.

    In contrast, an ordinary Illinoisan at retirement would need to have around $1.5 million in his or her account at retirement to collect the same amount of benefits as a career Chicago teacher. Most Illinoisans will never save that amount of money.

    3. Taxpayers still “pick up” a majority of Chicago teacher pension contributions.
    Not only do Chicago teachers receive millions in pension benefits, they contribute almost nothing towards them over the course of their careers.

    Chicago teachers are supposed to contribute 9 percent of their salary every year towards their pensions. But every year since 1981, CPS has paid for, or “picked up” 7 of that 9 percent.

    That means Chicago teachers only have to pay 2 percent of their salary towards their own pensions every year. That costs Chicagoans over $100 million a year.

    Rahm tried to reform pickups in 2016, but he was rebuffed by the union. Only new workers lost the pickup. And even then, the district gave out extra 3.5 percent raises in exchange.

    And it goes on

  4. Ugaste is a marionette of the Madigan Junta.

    He’s ‘please as punch’ to be in Springfield, dancing to Madigan’s jigs.

    He could give a whirling dervish a real twirl.

  5. How about this for a title? “Why not fixing education by lowering all public school teachers’ salaries?” Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  6. I’veever seen a Madigan puppet at a Family PAC Cruise.

    That’s where I met him.

  7. Cal, Ugaste would be a fine State Rep. But that would have been in 1957.

    Was he on that cruise before or after he got in?

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