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IAPD's popular Legal Symposium is coming to Hamburger University!


Selling out early the last two years, IAPD’s Legal Symposium will be in Oak Brook on Thursday, November 3rd. So, don't wait — register today! The agenda is packed with cutting edge legal topics and important updates, including:


  • Employment and Labor Law Update
  • How the FAA's New Drone Regulations Affect Your District
  • New Guidance on Retaliation, Employer-Provided Leave and other Recent Activities at the EEOC
  • First Amendment Implications of Controlling the Public's Right to Parade, Protest and Utilize Your Parks
  • Recent SEC Local Government Enforcement Actions

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NRPA Accepting Educational Session Proposals

The 2017 National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference will convene in New Orleans September 26-28. NRPA has started to accept educational session proposals.

Do you have a success at your agency to share with your peers from throughout the country? Heard a great speaker at another conference or workshop? NOW is the time to advance it for consideration to be presented in New Orleans!

Chuck Szoke at the Channahon Park District serves on the NRPA Congress Program Committee. If he can help you develop your session idea or prepare a proposal, don't hesitate to reach out to him.

All proposals are submitted online. Visit for instructions. The deadline to submit is November 18.

Congratulations to the Illinois National Gold Medal Winner!

The Illinois Association of Park Districts congratulates the Illinois winner of the National Recreation and Park Association's prestigious National Gold Medal Award:

Class V (population less than 30,000)
Frankfort Square Park District

Congratulations also to the award finalists:  Arlington Heights Park District, Decatur Park District, Homewood-Flossmoor Park District and Itasca Park District.

We also recognize Stephen Eckelberry, Bartlett Park District Commissioner, who is serving as Chair of the 2016-2017 NRPA Board of Directors!

You have made Illinois proud!

Park Board Candidates May Begin Circulating Nominating Petitions

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 is the first day that candidates for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election may begin circulating nominating petitions.


IAPD members can find this information and other key election dates in IAPD's 2017 Election Calendar, which is hot off the press. As in the past, this useful publication contains key election dates that IAPD deems most important for its members. A copy is included as a free-standing supplement to the September/October issue of Illinois Parks & Recreation magazine and can be easily removed for your use throughout the election cycle.


The State Board of Elections has also recently issued its 2017 Local Election Official's Handbook, Candidate's Guide, and Election and Campaign Finance Calendar, which contain all dates applicable to the 2017 Consolidated Primary and Consolidated Elections as well as other information for local election officials and candidates. The State Board of Elections presentation for Local Election Officials is also available.


Each of these election publications may be accessed at any time through the Legal Assistance section of IAPD's website under Practice Tools.


OSLAD and PARC Grants Released

We have some very exciting news to share with the IAPD membership!

We have learned that agencies with suspended OSLAD and PARC grants are now receiving letters from the IDNR restoring their projects to pre-suspension status to allow them to proceed. This includes the 2015 OSLAD and PARC grants!

View Legislative Update #21-2016.

IAPD Parks & Conservation Legends Video Series

George Longmeyer, Schaumburg Park District

Listen to George Longmeyer, 15-year commissioner for the Schaumburg Park District and former IAPD Chairman of the Board of Trustees, speak about his advice for what makes a good commissioner.


Oscar Dahl, Northbrook Park District

Listen to Oscar Dahl, former commissioner for the Northbrook Park District
and former IAPD Board President, speak about what he believes are the best characteristics of a good board member.

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