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Complimentary Webinar
(posted September 11, 2014)


How to Buy Electricity - Taking the Mystery Out of the Market

Date:  Thursday, October 2, 2014

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


With electricity and natural gas deregulation, you now have the power to choose your energy suppliers. There are so many suppliers to choose from, all claiming to be the best:


Which supplier do you choose?

How do you compare confusing offers?

How do you manage this major expense?


This can be overwhelming to an agency.  Attend this webinar to understand how a consultant can assist and save your agency money.  There are many reasons why most contracts are negotiated through a consultant.  Many agencies do not have the staff who are knowledgeable in this area - they are not in the energy market on a frequent enough basis to stay abreast of the ever changing environment from a regulatory, a supply and demand event, or a market event that can create opportunities to capitalize on or the need to transfer risk back to the supplier.


Join Tim Krajenki, Director of the Midwest Office and Dale Snyder, Energy Consultant, National Accounts, Seven Utility Management Consultants and hear about how and why it is important to monitor the markets; see a number of examples of how supplier’s bids can be confusing.  Tim and Dale will walk through the various stages of negotiations.  You will see the importance and advantages of having a consultant assist you with this task. 


Click here to register! 


2nd Annual IAPD Legislative Awareness Picnic A Tremendous Succes
(posted September 8, 2014)

More than 200 IAPD members, their legislators and families joined in the fun and made memories at the 2nd Annual IAPD Legislative Awareness Picnic. An old-fashioned picnic complete with games, food, prizes and plenty of laughter made it a picture perfect day.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us Saturday and helped to make the 2nd Annual IAPD Legislative Awareness Picnic even more successful than last year’s inaugural event.


A special thanks to our sponsors:

Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni & Krafthefer
Current Technologies
Midwest Disc Golf
Seven Utility Management Consultants, Ltd.

Governor Signs Two More IAPD Platform Bills

(posted August 18, 2014)

We are very pleased to report that both IAPD Platform bills for the Spring Session have been signed into law.

HB 4597/ Public Act 98-0906 (Martwick, R. / Bertino-Tarrant, J.) expands the options available to park districts when they need to borrow funds on a short-term basis by allowing the use of a simple promissory note. This new option will save park districts the time and expense associated with more costly financing options such as bonds and tax anticipation warrants.

HB 4483 / Public Act 98-0900 (Reboletti, D. / Cullerton, T.) allows newly elected officials of park districts, forest preserves and conservation districts to satisfy their Open Meetings Act training requirements by attending a special course developed by IAPD.

Six other IAPD Platform bills were signed into law last year during the first year of the 98th General Assembly. With the Governor's signature of these two bills, all eight IAPD Platform measures initiated during this General Assembly are now law.


IAPD'S Best of the Best Awards Gala is Coming October 24th!
Award Nominations Accepted Until Noon on September 4th
(posted July 22, 2014)

It's the red carpet event for Illinois park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies: IAPD's
Best of the Best Awa
rds Gala!

Join us the evening of Friday, October 24 at Wheeling Park District's beautiful Traditions at Chevy Chase Country Club as we celebrate board member service anniversaries, agency anniversaries, intergovernmental cooperations, partnerships, businesses, media, citizen volunteers, best green practices, good sportsmanship and outstanding arts programs!

Nominations are due by noon on September 4th, so submit yours today!  Download the 2014 Awards Gala Brochure to read more about each award.  And, don't forget to make your reservations to attend this year's gala!

A Special Thanks to Our Beverage and Wine Pull Sponsor



Three Exciting Executive Director Opportunities
(updated August 12, 2014)

The Illinois Association of Park Districts is pleased to announce three wonderful job opportunities – Lincoln Park District, Pekin Park District and the Community Park District of La Grange Park.

Lincoln Park District

The Lincoln Park District Board of Commissioners is seeking a dynamic Executive Director who can create a sound fiscal program and has strong management and comprehensive planning skills. The starting salary range for this position is $65,000 to $75,000. Salary and benefits will be negotiable with the Board of Commissioners and will be based on qualifications and experience. Download the Announcement of Vacancy brochure.

Pekin Park District

The Pekin Park District Board of Commissioners is seeking a dynamic Executive Director with five to seven years of experience in the park and recreation field who possesses strong comprehensive planning and financial management skills. The compensation range for this position is $95,000 to $115,000 - salary and benefits will be negotiated with the board. Download the Announcement of Vacancy brochure.

Community Park District of La Grange Park

The Community Park District of La Grange Park Board of Commissioners is seeking an energetic Executive Director with four or more years of experience in the park and recreation field who has a collaborative management style that encourages effective communication with all stakeholders (staff, partners, residents and board members). Download the Announcement of Vacancy brochure.

Golf with IAPD! The 2014 Summer Golf Tour is in Full Swing! 

(updated July 10, 2104)

 IAPD's 13th Annual Summer Golf Tour is making its last stop at Wilmette Park District's Golf Club on Monday, September 29th.

The Golf Tour is an excellent opportunity for commissioners, professionals, staff and friends to network, make new acquaintances, visit with good friends and learn about other agencies' golf operations, facilities and programs.

Register online or download a registration form today! We are also accepting door prize donations.


Database Updates
(updated November 13, 2013)

Don't forget to update your profile information in IAPD's database. Download the instructions and update your information today!

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