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15-Year Commissioner for the Wheeling Park District


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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.

Congratulations to the 2016 Gold Medal Award Finalists!

IAPD congratulates our following member agencies on being a finalist for the National Gold Medal Awards!

Class III
Arlington Heights Park District

Class IV
Decatur Park District

Class V
Frankfort Square Park District
Homewood-Flossmoor Park District
Itasca Park District

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.



Friends of Illinois Parks' Foundation Thanks Ambassador Donors

IAPD and the Friends of Illinois Parks' Foundation thanks IPARKS, the Olympia Fields Park District and Sikich LLP for its Ambassador level donation. Their contribution will enable Friends to continue to remain active and effective in supporting worthwhile projects.

Don't wait, join these generous donors and give to Friends of Illinois Parks today!

Illinois Park District Law Handbook

This fully updated 7th edition of the Illinois Park District Law Handbook consolidates this body of law into a single user-friendly volume that explains the complex laws and codes that govern local park districts. Thousands of bills have been signed into law since IAPD published the 6th edition in 2010.

Order Your Copy Today!

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