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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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Hors D'Oeuvre Sponsor


Breakfast Sponsor




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 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                   Registration - Continental Breakfast provided


9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.                   Welcoming Remarks

                                                            Peter M. Murphy, Esq., IAPD President/CEO

                                                              Kevin Dolan, Chairman, IAPD Board of Trustees


9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.                   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


9:50 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.               Interactive Panel of Legislators

Senator Tom Cullerton (D-23)

Senator John F. Curran (R-41)

Representative Mark Batinick (R-97)

Representative Will Davis (D-30)

Representative Rita Mayfield (D-60)

Representative Tony McCombie (R-71)


10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.             Legislative Update on Hot Issues at the Capitol

                                                            Jason Anselment, IAPD Legal/Legislative Counsel


10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.             Break

Breakout Sessions

# 1: Don’t Leave Money on the Table: Important Tips for Obtaining Grant Funding – Ruby Ballroom, Level 2

# 2: Using Statewide Research in Benchmarking and Advocacy Diamond/Sapphire Ballroom, Level 2

# 3: Key Strategies for Communicating Your Agency‘s Capital Needs to Your Legislators Plaza G, Level 1


11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.               Track A


11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.               Track B


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.



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 12, 2019. After April 12, 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.