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2019 Legislative Reception and Conference - April 30 & May 1, 2019




The IAPD Legislative Conference is designed to provide commissioners, directors and professionals with firsthand, up-to-date information on the association's Legislative Advocacy Program and all pending legislation affecting IAPD’s membership. State legislators, state administrative officials and other recognized authorities present the latest techniques and materials to assist commissioners and directors with the tools they need to successfully meet and talk with legislators and be more effective in the legislative arena.

The evening prior to the Legislative Conference, IAPD offers a valuable legislative networking opportunity at its Legislative Reception. This provides board members and professionals a chance to speak one-on-one with legislators in a casual atmosphere.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Legislative Reception

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Illini Country Club | 1601 Illini Road | Springfield, IL 62704

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Legislative Conference

9:00 am - 1:15 pm

Crowne Plaza | 3000 S Dirksen Pkwy | Springfield, IL 62703


Schedule of Events

8:00 am - 9:00 am                                  Registration
Continental Breakfast provided
9:00 am - 9:10 am Welcoming Remarks
Peter M. Murphy, Esq., IAPD President/CEO
Kevin Dolan, Chairman, IAPD Board of Trustees
9:10 am - 9:35 am

Top Trends in Parks, Recreation and Conservation that Will Impact your Agency's Day-to-Day Operations

Brendan Daley, Director of Strategy & Sustainability, Chicago Park District

9:35 am - 9:50 am

Building a Stronger Community through Park Districts, Forest Preserves, Conservation, Recreation and Special Recreation Agencies

Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton (Invited)

9:50 am - 10:15 am

Interactive Panel of Legislators

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Legislative Update on Hot Issues at the Capitol

Jason Anselment, IAPD Legislative/Legal Counsel

10:45 - 11:00 am Break
Delegates choose two (2) different breakouts to attend, one for Track A and one for Track B.
11:00 am - 11:30 am Track A
11:30 am - 11:40 am Rotate to Next Track B
11:40 am - 12:10 pm Track B
Breakout #1

Don't Leave Money on the Table: Important Tips for Obtaining Grant Funding

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Breakout #2

Using Statewide Research in Benchmarking and Advocacy

Jeff Andreasen, President, aQity Research & Insights

Breakout #3 Key Strategies for Communicating Your Agency's Capital Needs to Your Legislators
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm

Meet with Your Legislators
Visit with your legislators at the State Capitol to discuss legislative issues affecting park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies.



If you are attending IAPD's popular Legislative Reception and Conference or Parks Day at the Capitol, reserve your room today! Hotel accommodations are not included in the conference registration fee. All accommodations must be made directly with the hotel of your choice. Crowne Plaza: 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield, IL — $119 per night
Reservations by phone: (217) 529-7777 Group code to ensure discounted group rate: L9Q — IL Association of Park Districts. Make your reservations online here: IAPD-Crowne Plaza 

Holiday Inn Express: 3050 S. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield, IL — $100 per night
Reservations by phone: (217) 529-7771 Group code to ensure discounted group rate: XIQ — IL Association of Park Districts. Make your reservations online here: IAPD-Holiday Inn Express 

When reserving rooms online do not be concerned that the site indicates number of rooms left to book are limited. This is a Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Express incentive and does not reflect the number of rooms being held in the IAPD block.

The reservation deadline at the above hotels to secure the discounted group rate is April 8, 2019. After April 8, rooms are based on availability and may be at a higher rate.

Dinner reservations may be made for those wishing to dine at the Illini Country Club following the Legislative Reception on Tuesday, April 30. Read more about making dinner reservations or contact Joe Burden at (217) 546-4614 or at

Fees for the Legislative Conference include Legislative Reception, continental breakfast, lunch, educational materials and registration to the Legislative Conference.

Refund requests must be received in writing to 72 hours prior to the event. A 15% cancellation processing fee will apply for each cancellation. Credit card refunds will be processed by check after the event.