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An Exciting Job Opportunity

Don’t miss this outstanding Executive Director opportunity with the Byron Park District! The Illinois Association of Park Districts is assisting with the recruitment of candidates and will accept applications until December 2nd.


Read more in the Announcement of Vacancy Brochure.


December 5th Early-Bird Conference Registration Closing in!

Register for the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference by the early-bird deadline (December 5th) to save! Online registrants also receive a $25 discount per registration package! 

This premier event, coming to the Hilton Chicago January 19-21, brings together more than 4,400 elected officials and professionals for three exciting days of quality educational programming, networking and professional development. Featuring 16 pre-conference workshops, more than 150 educational sessions and an exhibit hall with over 325 exhibitors showcasing their latest and greatest products and services, the 2017 conference is THE place to be!

Register today!

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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