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Lobbyist disclosure law signed, but much more work needs to be done on ethics reform.

In the wake of recent news reports and criminal probes, many people are asking questions about the current state of Illinois’ lobbyist law. Current law allows well-connected insiders to solicit campaign contributions with a barely-concealed promise that news of the contribution will be told to someone who can do the giver a big favor.  In…
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Ugaste Statement on Ethics Legislation

ST. CHARLES—As legislative session concluded yesterday in the House of Representatives, two ethics reform bills were pushed through by the Democratic caucus. State Representative Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) released the following statement: “Yesterday we had a chance to pass true ethics reform measures.  Yet, the Democrats in our chamber refused to call any of the ethics…
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Ugaste Supports Pension Reform Legislation

SPRINGFIELD—A pension reform effort recently passed in the Illinois House of Representatives to consolidate downstate police and fire pensions.  The legislation, Senate Bill 1300, was recommended by the bipartisan Pension Consolidation Feasibility Task Force, which found that consolidated assets would increase investment returns and decrease the cost of managing the funds. State Representative Dan Ugaste…
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Ugaste Supports Ethics Reform Efforts

SPRINGFIELD—State Representative Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) is supporting legislation to strengthen Illinois’ ethics laws.  Ugaste joins a group of House Republican lawmakers in advocating for larger ethics reform efforts in response to the various issues brought to light by a federal investigation—including the recent arrest of State Representative Louis Arroyo (D-Chicago). With the second portion of…
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Ugaste Files Legislation to End Automatic Lawmaker Pay Increase

SPRINGFIELD — State Representative Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) recently filed legislation to repeal the automatic legislator pay increase.  The bill, HB3910, would phase out and end the General Assembly cost-of-living pay adjustments on or after July 1, 2020. In 1980 the General Assembly enacted a law that automatically authorizes a cost-of-living increase to the pay of…
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Rep. Ugaste stands behind a state ban on flavored nicotine products

Illinois state Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) is sponsoring a bill that targets flavored additives in electronic cigarettes and other vaping products, arguing that the growing industry should undergo the same scrutiny as tobacco did in years past. “It seems that e-vaping has evaded much of the scrutiny that other types of smoking have gone through,”…
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Petition Fun Raiser Sunday, October 27th at St. Charles Tap

CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE – UGASTE PETITION FUN RAISER
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Ugaste to Host Paper Shredding and Food Drive Event

ST. CHARLES—State Representative Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) will be hosting an upcoming paper shredding and food drive event on October 5th alongside State Senator Don DeWitte.  The event will be held in Pingree Grove at the Carillon Senior Living Community, 1865 Andrew Blvd., from 9am-11:00am.  It is free and open to the public.  In addition to…
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State does not have resources to bail out Chicago, Rep. Ugaste says

In case you missed it: Illinois state Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) reasons that state lawmakers can be expected to do only so much to help the City of Chicago out from under its growing pension liability. “It would be great if the state of Illinois had the funds to help out the city in a…
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IRS data shows state’s outmigration losses at more than $310 billion, Wirepoints reports

A new Wirepoints analysis of Internal Revenue Service data concludes that Illinois’ ongoing outmigration crisis has caused the state at least $310 billion in adjusted gross income since the start of the new millennium. By comparison, Florida gained nearly $1 trillion in adjusted gross income over the same period while Texas added $250 billion, with…
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