SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, was recognized as a leading advocate of the parks by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), this week in Springfield.
The IAPD is a nonprofit association that advocates on behalf of park districts, forest preserves, conservation, municipal park and recreation, and special recreation agencies. Every year, the IAPD recognizes a legislator for their efforts to support and expand parks and recreation opportunities in Illinois. This year Welch earned the award.
“Our district is blessed with many park districts that offer beautiful greenspace and engaging programs for local families,” Welch said. “That’s why earning this award is such an honor, the services offered through our parks are great opportunities for local families to bond through youth sports, a walk or picnic in the park, or through any of the other great programs offered.”
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