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2014 PowerPlay! Grant Awards Announced
(posted April 10, 2014)

The Illinois Association of Park Districts is pleased to announce the 2014 PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant Recipients. IAPD has awarded grants to 35 IAPD member agencies totaling $35,000. Nearly $500,000 in PowerPlay! grants has been awarded since the Park District Youth License Plate Program, which funds the grant, began. The 2014 grant recipients are as follows:

Berwyn Park District
Bloomingdale Park District
Cary Park District
Champaign Park District
Channahon Park District
Clarendon Hills Park District
Crete Park District
Decatur Park District
Dolton Park District
Forest Park, Park District of
Foss Park District
Frankfort Park District

Franklin Park, Park District of
Harvey Park District
Hawthorn Woods, Village of
Highland Park, Park District of
Lombard Park District
Maywood Park District
Morton Grove Park District
New Lenox Community Park District
Oswegoland Park District
Palatine Park District
Park Ridge Park District
Peoria Park District
Prospect Heights Park District
Riverdale Park District
Rockford Park District
Rolling Meadows Park District
Vernon Hills Park District
Washington Park District
Westmont Park District
Wheaton Park District
Wheeling Park District
Wood Dale Park District
Zion Park District

Plainfield Park District Seeks Executive Director
(posted April 9, 2014)

The Illinois Association of Park Districts is conducting a search for an Executive Director for the Plainfield Park District. The board of commissioners is seeking a top-notch professional with ten years experience as an executive director. Read more about this position.

Applications must be postmarked by May 23, 2014. The approximate date of employment is July 21, 2014.

Governor Awards More than $16.5 Million in OSLAD Grants
(posted April 7, 2104)

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, IAPD joined Governor Quinn and more than twenty IAPD member agencies at the Community Park District of LaGrange Park where the Governor announced $16,527,500 in FY14 OSLAD Grants.

For more than a quarter century now, OSLAD has remained one of the State’s most successful programs due, in large part, to the significant return the State of Illinois receives for its investment. Because the OSLAD grant recipients match (and in most cases exceed) the State’s share of the funding, the State is guaranteed a 100% return or "twice the bang for its buck.” In addition to helping address the State's budget issue in positive ways, these projects will also generate additional revenue through job creation and the promotion of tourism.

View the complete list of this year's recipients. Congratulations to all agencies receiving grants!

IAPD Platform Bills Advance
(posted April 4, 2014)

We are pleased to report that three IAPD Platform bills have passed out of their chambers of origin and are now headed to the opposite chamber.

HB 4597 (Martwick, R.) and SB 2991 (Bertino-Tarrant, J.) would expand the borrowing options available for park districts by allowing those agencies to use a promissory note for short-term borrowing. While these bills do not increase the total amount of money a park district is legally authorized to borrow or authorize a tax levy to pay for the amount borrowed, the legislation is important because it will provide a more cost effective way to facilitate borrowing on a short term basis.

In addition, IAPD Platform bill HB 4483 (Reboletti, D.) has also passed the House. This IAPD Platform initiative would allow newly elected officials to satisfy Open Meetings Act training requirements by attending a special course developed by IAPD.

Excellent Opportunity for an Executive Director
(posted March 28, 2014)

The Illinois Association of Park Districts is conducting a search for an Executive Director for the Carol Stream Park District. The board of commissioners is seeking a top-notch professional with seven or more years of administrative experience in the park and recreation field. Read more about this position.

Applications must be postmarked by April 25. The approximate date of employment is July 7, 2014.


36th Annual Legislative Reception & Conference - April 29 & 30
(posted March 6, 2014)

Register today for the 36th Annual IAPD Legislative Conference is coming to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield on Wednesday, April 30th with the Legislative Reception held from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29th at the Illini Country Club. The IAPD has sent formal invitations to the 98th General Assembly inviting them to the Legislative Reception – don't forget to extend a personal invitation from your agency to both your state representatives and state senators to attend as well. If you would like to make a dinner reservation for after the reception on April 29th at the Illini Country Club, click here for details or contact Joe Burden directly at (217) 546-4614 or at

Housing Information

Reservations for overnight accommodations are available at the Crowne Plaza Springfield with discounted guestroom rates at $116 per night (not including taxes) and the Holiday Inn Express Springfield with discounted rates at $95 per night (not including taxes).

The reservation deadline to secure the discounted group rate is April 11. After April 11, rooms are based on availability and may be at a higher rate. Call (217) 529-7777 to make a reservation at the Crowne Plaza Springfield and reference the group booking code "K1Z" to receive the discounted group rate. You can also book your reservation online.

Overflow housing is available at the Holiday Inn Express Springfield. Call (217) 529-7771 and ask for the group code "JF3" to receive the discounted group rate, or book your reservation online.

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Heartsaver AED Grant Funds Available
(posted March 12, 2014)

The Illinois Department of Public Health has just announced that this year's Heartsaver AED grant funds are now available.

The Heartsaver AED grant program, which the IAPD worked to pass into law, provides matching grants for the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to local government agencies. Awards will be made to qualified applicants who demonstrate that they have the funds to pay 50 percent of the cost of the AED for which the matching grant money is sought as that cost is determined by the State Master Contract or the Department. The Heartsaver AED Fund Grant award for FY14 is $450 or at 50 percent of the purchased AED price if less than $900.

The grant application deadline is Monday, April 14, 2014. To apply, agencies must go through the Department's EGrAMS process. Once registered, you may click on this link for the application. These documents are also available at 


What Do the Family Medical Leave Act, Hiring, Discipline and Discharge Decisions Have in Common?
(posted November 17, 2013)

They are all discussed in the Guide to Employment Laws! This publication is designed to provide guidance on the employment laws and their daily application.

Sample policies are located in the appendix!

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Database Updates
(updated November 13, 2013) 

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