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2020 Legislative Reception and Conference - April 28 & April 29, 2020

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.





Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Legislative Reception
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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

Dinner reservations may be made for those wishing to dine at the Illini Country Club following the Legislative Reception on Tuesday, April 28Read more about making dinner reservations or contact Joe Burden at (217) 546-4614 or at

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Legislative Conference
9:00 am - 1:15 pm

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

Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.                             

Continental Breakfast provided

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks
Peter M. Murphy, Esq., IAPD President/CEO
Adriane Johnson, Chairman, IAPD Board of Trustees

9:10 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

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

Governor JB Pritzker (Invited)

9:25 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.


IDNR Partnerships with Park Districts, Forest Preserves and Other Conservation and Recreation Agencies
Colleen Callahan, Director, Illinois Department of
Natural Resources 

9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Interactive Panel of Legislators

10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

IAPD’s New Benchmarking Tool to Increase Your Agency’s Effectiveness and Efficiency
Jeff Andreasen, President, aQity Research & Insights

10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

Legislative Update on Hot Issues at the Capitol 
Jason Anselment, IAPD General Counsel 

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 


*Delegates choose (2) different breakout sessions to attend when registering
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Breakouts – Track A
11:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.Rotate to Next Breakout
11:40 a.m. 12:10 p.m. Breakouts Track B 

Breakout #1
Methods for Determining Impairment and Addressing Other Issues Triggered by Cannabis Legalization

Breakout #2
Managing Electronic Communications in a Digital Era
Illinois State Archives

Breakout #3
Working with Other Local Government Agencies and Affiliate Organizations to Reduce
and License Fees and Increase Revenue Sharing to Offset Costs
Interactive Panel Discussions 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch – Emerald Ballroom, Level 2
1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  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.


Housing Information

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article 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 6, 2020. After April 6, rooms are based on availability and may be at a higher rate.

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. Refunds will be processed at 100% of the registration fee paid.  Credit card refunds will be processed by check.