About Mary Mahady

I was raised in Buffalo, New York where I learned young how important it was to work hard and to be involved in your community. After receiving my BA in Communications from Loyola University in Chicago I moved to McHenry, where I raised my family and have lived ever since.

Just like many of the people I have come to know here in McHenry County, I have held many different jobs over the years as circumstances in my life changed. My work titles have included server, bartender, swim instructor, lifeguard, housekeeper, IHSA softball official, real estate agent, McHenry County Board of Review Member and Nunda Township deputy assessor.

Because of my experience in real estate and property assessments, I knew that changes were needed in my own township which led me to run for McHenry Township Assessor in 2013 and challenge an 18-year incumbent. I was elected in 2013, re-elected in 2017 and again in 2021.

It is through my current position that I started to approach local state Senators and Representatives to make needed changes in the property tax system. What I realized was the only way to get those changes addressed was to have a seat at the table. There are many issues that need attention at the state level, but I cannot have any impact on any of them sitting in my current position.

I am a mother and a grandmother. I could certainly sit back and hope someone else would work on the critical issues affecting McHenry County but that is not in my nature. When there is work to be done, I will not sit on the sidelines and wait for someone else to step up. I am passionate about providing public service, which means listening to and working for the people you represent. I have done that as an assessor and that is what I will do as State Representative for Illinois House District 63.

Past and current Community Involvement 

McHenry Pigtail League (coach, umpire, board member, president) 

McHenry Women’s Soball league (player, coach, board member) 

Waters Edge 4 Condo HOA (board member, president) 

Edgebrook/Duker/Landmark PTO 

McHenry Women in Action (fund raising group for scholarships) 

Education to Empowerment (friends of McHenry County College Foundation Group) McHenry Chamber of Commerce 

F.I.S.H. (volunteer) 

McHenry County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness 

Church of Holy Apostles (pastoral council, finance committee, choir member, children’s choir assistant,  Festival of Praise member, lector) 

McHenry County Democratic Women Organization  

Mom’s Demand Action 

National Organization of Women, McHenry Chapter

Professional Organizations 

Heartland Realtor Organization (past board member, past committees: grievance (chair), professional  standards, government affairs, education (including continuing education instructor) 

Illinois Association of Realtors 

National Association of Realtors