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John Hoscheit elected chairman of Illinois Association of Park Districts board

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Kane County Forest Preserve District Commissioner John Hoscheit was was recently elected chairman of the Illinois Association of Park Districts board.[]

GENEVA – Kane County Forest Preserve District Commissioner John Hoscheit was recently elected chairman of the Illinois Association of Park Districts board, officials announced in a news release.

Hoscheit was first elected to the IAPD board of trustees in 2012 and served two years as vice-chairman and one year as chairman-elect.

He will work with the 19-member board to advise the association in providing service, research, advocacy, public awareness and educational programs to its membership of 355 park, recreation and conservation agencies and more than 100 affiliated business partners. 

“John has seen first-hand how the open space, parks, programs and services offered by park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies provide incredible benefits to the citizens of Illinois,” Peter Murphy, IAPD president and chief executive officer, stated in the release.

“His background as a volunteer coach for multiple sports combined with the knowledge that he has gained throughout his 21 years as a commissioner of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, make him an incredible advocate for parks, recreation and conservation both locally and statewide,” Murphy stated in the release.

Hoscheit currently serves on several IAPD committees including the Board Development, Constitutional Bylaws, Membership, Program and Nominating committees as well as the IAPD/Illinois Park and Recreation Association Joint Legislative Committee and Joint Coordinating Council, the release stated.

He was elected to the Kane County Board in 1997 and serves dually with other board members on the Forest Preserve District.

Hoscheit served as forest preserve district president from 2002 until 2014.

He also serves on an array of Kane County committees including the Finance and Budget, Labor Management, Riverboat Grant, County Board and the Judicial/Public Safety Strategic Planning and Technology Commission.

He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.

For more than 30 years, he has held other elected offices in various local government entities, including the St. Charles Park District and the St. Charles City Council.

He has been engaged as a youth coach in multiple sports including football, baseball, soccer, hockey and basketball, the release stated.

The Illinois Association of Park Districts was established in 1928 and is the oldest state association for parks, recreation and conservation in America, the release stated.

The association serves more than 2,100 elected park, recreation and forest preserve district board members who govern nearly 360 agencies employing 67,000 individuals, the release stated. 

The association strives to improve Illinois’ quality of life through park districts, forest preserves, conservation and recreation agencies by establishing grants and other new revenue streams for park land, facilities and services; educating the public about the positive effects parks and recreation have on communities; and meeting the problem of decreasing open space in Illinois, the release stated.