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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.

 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 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 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.

One more outing! Join us
Monday, September 29 at Wilmette Golf Club, Wilmette Park District 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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