Ugaste welcomes Dean, women leaders to Capitol for special recognition from Illinois House GOP
Illinois state Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) made sure to take time from his busy schedule to be on hand in Springfield for a recent Illinois House GOP event honoring 40 emerging female leaders from across the state.
“They are a significant part of the population and are becoming even more involved in not just leadership roles in politics but in the business community and just about every other community,” Ugaste told the Kane County Reporter. “They are definitely a group that is deserving of having their voices heard on every issue critical to this state.”
Honorees including business owners, heads of nonprofit organizations and community leaders gathered for brunch and a running discussion about what issues are most important to women and how the General Assembly can go about crafting and enacting legislation to address those concerns. The day also featured a tour of the State Capitol and a session where honorees were allowed to participate in a live legislative session from the House Gallery. Later, GOP House Leader Jim Durkin recognized all the distinguished guests with a special introduction to other members.
Ugaste’s day was further highlighted by his special recognition of Nicole Dean, a resident from his district who has long been active in the world of Kane County GOP politics.
“I invited her and wanted her to be here for all the things she’s done to help make things better over all these years,” he said.
Ugaste said his commitment to empowering women comes as second nature to him.
“Here in Springfield, I’m just doing the things I’ve always been doing,” he said. “I’m a husband of 31 years and my wife has always had a strong and active voice in the community and I’ve always supported her. Then, my three daughters have strong voices. I’ve always thought, across the board, if you provide people with opportunities to advance themselves, be heard and take advantage of resources, they will excel all on their own.”