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An Excellent Executive Director Opportunity!
(posted October 15, 2014)

The Illinois Association of Park Districts is pleased to announce an Executive Director opportunity with the Western Springs Park District.

The Western Springs Park District Board of Commissioners is seeking a top-notch Executive Director with five to seven years administrative experience in the park and recreation field. The starting salary range for this position is $65,000 to $80,000. 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.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Chicago Park District for winning a Gold Medal Award at the NRPA Congress!
(posted October 14, 2014)

We are extremely proud of all the Illinois finalists:

Carol Stream Park District

Frankfort Square Park District

Oak Brook Park District.


You are ALL excellent representatives of Illinois' outstanding park district system!


Illinois Park District Law Handbook - NEW EDITION!
(posted October 13, 2014)

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. Many of these legal changes impact the day-to-day operations of park and recreation agencies. No park commissioner or park and recreation professional should be without their own copy of IAPD's most popular publication.

Pick up your copy at IAPD's Legal Symposium and pay no shipping! Order your copy for pick up at the Legal Symposium.

Not attending the Legal Symposium? To have this publication shipped to you order here.



Put This On Your Calendar for November 6
(posted October 8, 2014)
One of IAPD's most anticipated programs — the Legal Symposium — is coming to McDonald's Training Center in Oak Brook on Thursday, November 6 from 8:15 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Learn about an array of hot legal topics including:

·  Employment and Labor Law Updates;

·  Tackling the Tough Issues under the New Concealed Carry Law;

·  Park District Finance and Borrowing;

·  Surviving Election Season: What You and Your Local Election Official Need to Know;

·  And, much more!

Register for the Legal Symposium now!

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Donate to the Best of the Best Wall of Wines
(posted October 8, 2014)
The Illinois Association of Park Districts will hold its 8th Annual Best of the Best Awards Gala on Friday, October 24 at Wheeling Park District’s Chevy Chase Country Club.  Back by popular demand, we are offering the Wall of Wines fundraiser. All proceeds from this special fundraiser will benefit Friends of Illinois Parks.


We are seeking donations of wine with a minimum retail value of $20.00 per bottle. Awards gala guests can purchase an opportunity to pull a bottle of wine from the wall. All wine bottles will be individually wrapped — so when the guest chooses a bottle, they will unveil a surprise bottle of wine!

All donors will be recognized in the printed program and on event signage. Please donate a bottle of wine to the Wall of Wines today. Or, if you prefer to give a monetary donation, we'd be happy to purchase the wine on your behalf.

Download a donation form

Special thanks to our Wall of Wines Sponsor!


Congratulations to our 2014 Best of the Best Awards Gala Winners!
(posted September 26, 2014)

 View the list of winners!


Please join us Friday, October 24th for the Illinois Association of Park Districts' 8th Annual Best of the Best Awards Gala at Wheeling Park District's beautiful Chevy Chase Country Club.  Why should you attend?

  • Collect ideas from Illinois' award- winning park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies.
  • Join the celebration of some of the top accomplishments of your fellow agencies and commissioners.
  • Support your peers who have dedicated years of their lives to parks, recreation and conservation.
  • Acquire tips for submitting future nominations on behalf of your agency.
  • Have fun with colleagues, make new contacts and participate in the Wall of Wines fundraiser

Make your reservations today to attend this black-tie optional celebration of Illinois park districts, forest preserves, conservation and recreation agencies.  The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards program from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. A professional photographer will be on hand to take pictures of your group.  Reservation deadline is October 21.

Guest rooms are available at the Marriott Courtyard Chicago Lincolnshire at a discounted rate of $89 (plus tax). Call 800-321-2211 or make your  online reservation (if calling, ask for the Illinois Association of Park Districts' Room Block.) Reserve by October 10 to receive the discount!



Productive Fundraising Strategies for Illinois Park Districts

(posted October 3, 2014)


Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m. Registration

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Workshop

Cost: $20.00 per person

0.2 CEUs awarded - $5.00 processing fee

Location: Alcott Center, Buffalo Grove Park District


In this interactive session, participants will gain an overview of the primary fundraising vehicles - direct response, special events, major and planned gifts, campaigns - and the three types of philanthropic donors - individuals, foundations and corporations. Taken together these approaches make up a well-rounded, integrated development program.


Through a guided brainstorming process, participants will share and discuss their experiences or plans for productive fundraising strategies at their organizations. At the conclusion of this session, a summary document will be provided to each participant to memorialize the group’s work together and serve as a resource document that will be useful for participant’s work at their home organization.


Click here to register online or click here to print a registration form.



An Exciting Executive Director Opportunity
(updated September 24, 2014)

The Illinois Association of Park Districts is pleased to announce a wonderful job opportunity with the 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.


Database Updates
(updated September 24, 2014)

Don't forget to update your profile information in IAPD's database. Download the instructions and update your information today!

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