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Camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking: Parks Day welcomes those who oversee recreation


Dozens of professionals who manage and advocate for Illinois’ park district gathered in Springfield Tuesday to talk to lawmakers about funding, jobs, land acquisition and other legislative issues benefiting their work in Illinois communities. Legislation they deem as priorities in the Illinois Senate can be found here.

IAPD is the oldest and most successful statewide association of its kind in the nation. It was created by the Illinois Municipal League in the late 1920s and held its first annual conference in 1930, establishing a united voice for parks, recreation and conservation. They oversee thousands of acres of forest preserves, conservation districts, natural areas and parks throughout Illinois, inviting families and sports enthusiasts to enjoy Illinois’ natural beauty.

After their day at the Capitol, IAPD members held a reception, followed by a day-long conference on Wednesday.

We posted a gallery of photos of Senate Dems visiting their district's parks displays in the Capitol on our Facebook page. Please enjoy and share.

Sen. Lightford


4th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served:
1998 - Present (Senate) 

Committee assignments: Assignments; Executive; Education (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole; Executive Appointments; Energy and Public Utilities; Labor.

Biography: Full-time senator; B.A. in communications, Western Illinois University; M.A. in public administration, University of Illinois Springfield; village of Maywood trustee; employee for Secretary of State, Department of Corrections and Central Management Services; longtime champion in the Senate for education, working families and women's issues; lives in Maywood with her son, Isaiah.

Associated Representative(s): Emanuel Chris Welch, La Shawn K. Ford