Rising costs -- including property taxes -- force Union League Club to raise dues 10%
Members of the Union League Club of Chicago will see their monthly dues increase by 10 percent beginning May 1 due to rising expenses, including higher property tax bills, the club’s president said in a letter last week.
The civic organization, which promotes integrity and efficiency in local government and supports cultural institutions, needs to increase the dues to keep offering high-quality services and maintain its 93-year-old building, according to President Edward Cooper III.
“This is mainly due to increases in real estate taxes, employee wages and employee health care costs as well as increases in the general operating expenses of the clubhouse,” Cooper said in the April 17 letter to members.
The annual property tax bill for the Union League Club of Chicago building rose 39.3 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to data from the Cook County Property Tax Portal.
Monthly membership dues will increase from $329 per month to about $400.
Property Tax Bills for Union League Club