Mary Mahady has long been fighting for fairness and equity. One of her first experiences standing up for equality began in 1978 when she was a member of the Loyola University women’s basketball team. While the landmark Title IX ruling was enacted in 1972, which prohibited gender discrimination in any federally funded education program or activity, things were still far from being equal when it came to college sports. At the time, more funding and scholarships were given to men’s sports.
As a college athlete, Mary was vocal with the administration about the need for women’s sports being treated equally to men’s sports. So she filed an official complaint with the university that resulted in more resources to be allocated to women’s sports. Years later, these advances have contributed to greater equity in women’s collegiate sports, although there is still more work to be done.
Mary’s ability to speak out for fairness has continued through her professional life as well. During her career as a Realtor®, Mary noticed inequities in property tax assessments. Because our state failed to adequately invest in communities and fully fund our schools, those costs were shifted to local governments to foot the bill. As a result local governments raised property taxes, leading Illinois to have some of the highest property tax rates in the country with middle-class families paying more than their fair share.
Determined to do something about it, Mary joined her local real estate association and served as chair of a committee to ensure that the practices and standards in real estate are fair. Then, she decided to run for McHenry Township Assessor, and was elected because of her belief in the need for greater equity in property tax laws.
In her role as assessor, Mary works to ensure that the system is more equitable across the board and that people in her community are treated fairly. And that’s why as the next state senator for the 32nd district, Mary will continue to advocate for tax fairness and more state dollars being invested in local communities to lower taxes and help middle-class families get ahead.
Mary is a candidate for State Senate in the 32nd district, which includes Crystal Lake, Harvard, Marengo, McHenry, Woodstock. Follow Mary on Facebook for updates on her campaign!