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.
What They're Saying About Park District Conservation Day ...
(posted August 18, 2014)
Park District Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair was a great success! Hundreds of volunteers and performers did an outstanding job sharing positive messages about park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies - and they had tons of fun doing it!
"We had a great time at the fair on Saturday - we love the fair!" - Lorin Ottlinger, Glenview Park District's The Grove
"Thank you for the unique
opportunity to perform on stage at the Illinois State Fair. If it is possible I
would love to have our team perform again next year ... it was a fantastic day for the
girls and their families." - Karen Cooper, Joliet Park District
"THANK YOU, again, for
another opportunity to share Music & MORE @ the IL State Fair
for Park District Conservation Day. This was our 8th Annual
performance...and our BEST ever! Thanks again for ALL YOU DO to make park district kids all over the state feel welcome, comfortable and inspired to
share their talents and to become Higher Flyers in LIFE" - Carl Cole, Rockford Park District
Join Us for the 2nd Annual Legislative Awareness Picnic
(posted July 25, 2014)
Come join us on Saturday, September 6th at Joliet Park District's Inwood Park for an old-fashioned family
picnic. Spending time in a beautiful park on a late summer day provides the perfect venue to
showcase to legislators all that park and recreation agencies offer to
communities throughout Illinois.
Earn bragging rights for
your agency by putting together your team of commissioners, legislators
and professionals (kids included) for potato sack races, disc golf, bean bag
tosses and much more. Build team spirit by having team members wear an agency
t-shirt or ball cap. Enjoy bounce houses, playground activities, fitness trail, horseshoes, bocce ball and more!
This is a free event, but we ask that you please Register Today!
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 Awards 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)
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
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
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
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)
13th Annual Summer Golf Tour is making its next stop at New Lenox Community Park District's Sanctuary Golf Course on Wednesday, August 27th.
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.
Join us for the following
online or download a registration
form today! We are also accepting door
August 27 at Sanctuary Golf Course, New
Lenox Community Park District
September 29 at Wilmette Golf Club,
Wilmette Park District
(updated November 13, 2013)
Don't forget to update your profile information in IAPD's database. Download the instructions and update your information today!