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Illinois Hospitality Groups: Restore “Choose Chicago” Funding

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Three Illinois associations spent $50,000 on an ad campaign asking state lawmakers to restore funding for Choose Chicago, which is being affected by a budget stalemate. For five months and counting, the state of Illinois has not had a 2016 budget, largely due to political tension between the state’s Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

New Illinois Domestic Violence Law Leans On Hairstylists’ Unique Role

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Taking effect next year, an Illinois law mandates that hairstylists receive education on how to handle instances of suspected domestic violence. Now, a new state law in Illinois could help hairstylists act on signs that something might be seriously wrong. The law, signed in August by Illinois Gov. The initiative, backed by cosmetology groups, expands ongoing industry efforts.

Illinois Ruling Throws Wrench Into ‘Amazon Tax’ Dispute

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Illinois’ highest court has struck down a state law intended to allow sales tax on e-commerce—the exact opposite of a New York state court’s decision on a similar law earlier this year. More details: An association’s court victory: On Friday, the Performance Marketing Association won its case in the Illinois Supreme Court. Why’s that? Things just got a little complicated.

Illinois Retail Group Helps Members Recover Unclaimed Valuables

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The Illinois Retail Merchants Association is working with the state’s treasurer to automate the process of recovering unclaimed valuables—a real perk for members who have a little cash unexpectedly hidden away. The Illinois Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property division runs I-Cash, which enables private citizens and businesses to collect their forgotten property and unclaimed money.

A Busy Start to 2012

Moving through the Association World

Another organization I am very excited about is the Northern Illinois University Varsity Club. MASAE NIU Staffing Volunteers Work Associations Joseph Sapp Northern Illinois University Toastmasters volunteeringAfter a month it is beginning to look like 2012 is going to be extremely busy for me. The start of the year was also the start of my first time leading an organization as the lead staff person. As if that was not enough to keep me busy, I have also had to help get a few new staff members up to speed. I am also helping out again with the MASAE Golf Committee.

Study: Telecommuters May Work Harder to Prove They’re Not Gaming the System

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A new study form the University of Illinois found that people who work remotely are likely to show more dedication to their organizations and coworkers to prove they are working just as hard as they would in the office. Not all telecommuters are as conscientious as the Illinois study found, however. The USPTO example might be evidence supporting a caveat in the Illinois study.

Could “Safe Phone Zones” Help Stop Distracted Driving?

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The Governors Highway Safety Association has given a thumbs-up to plans by Illinois and other states to create designated zones for drivers to use their cellphones. That appears to be the strategy that the state of Illinois is taking as it adds six “ Safe Phone Zones ” to the Illinois Tollway in the coming weeks. appeared first on Associations Now

6 Quick Website Tweaks that Make a Big Impact

Higher Logic

The image of a smiling man increased conversions by 47% in Illinois, but decreased them 42% in Indiana. If you watch budget design shows on TV, you know that one of the designers’ favorite tricks is paint. It’s cheap, fast, and gives a whole new look to furniture and walls. Rarely do you see a makeover on a budget that doesn’t at least paint an accent wall. Appeal to your audience. They did.

Creating Mentorship Programs to Drive Engagement

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At an #ASAE16 session, the executive director of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association discussed its mentoring program and how other associations can build their own successful, sustainable programs to serve members. If members request a new product or service, associations are usually quick to consider it. I have to allocate sufficient staff time and resources.

Lincoln’s Tomb, Facing Tough Times, Buoyed by Association

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The resting place of Abraham Lincoln, located in Illinois, may be the victim of budget cuts in coming years, but a volunteer association that helps manage the facility could help remove some of the burden. Illinois Gov. The situation was already tough for some of Lincoln’s closest watchers. The National Geographic diss didn’t make things any easier. A Volunteer Backbone.

Online Community Case Study: Illinois Park and Recreation Association's IPRA Online


One of my case studies is the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association, and I recently got a heads up from Dean Comber, Director of Operations at IPRA, with a press release on their new online community which they launched at the end of September. ILLINOIS PARK AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE OAKBROOK TERRACE, ILLINOIS: The Illinois Park and Recreation Association, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, with over 2800 members, on Monday, September 22, 2008 will launch its new website IPRAONLINE.COM. Here's a teaser for you.

Association Membership Jobs This Week – January 19


Membership Director , CHIME – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an Illinois-based nonprofit membership organization (headquarters located in Ann Arbor, Michigan) serving Chief Information Officers and Senior Healthcare IT Executives. Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board ! photo credit ).

A Big Course From a Small Association

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Since 2012 Grimes has been the executive director of the Illinois HomeCare and Hospice Council. Grimes also has the assistant of Ray Schroeder, a leading MOOC expert at the University of Illinois Springfield. One executive at a state association has taken the lead on educating healthcare workers on a pressing national issue via a MOOC. Maybe it’s a membership drive.

MOOC as Promotion: Brewers Association Launches Beer Course

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Another association, the Illinois HomeCare and Hospice Council, has found success with a similar strategy.). In an effort to draw attention to beer’s culinary role, the Brewers Association announced a five-day course on how to best pair the popular beverage with food. The first four days of the course are open to the public. Who doesn’t want to learn more about beer? The idea?

How Moose Became King of the Forest: 5 Tips for Recruiting

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President Obama’s Surprising Medical Journal Showing: How It Happened

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In fact, it’s something of a bookend for the president, who, in 2008, while still a Senator from Illinois, wrote a commentary discussing his healthcare strategy , as did his competitor, John McCain. The Journal of the American Medical Association is one of many unexpected places President Obama has made his mark in the world of media. George W. The topic he discussed?

Monday Buzz: The Impact of Small Events

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It may not have shot to the top of Google News or occupied a lead spot in The New York Times , but the recent tournament hosted by the National Dart Association (NDA) in Rockford, Illinois, had a positive impact on the community nonetheless. Just because an association event isn’t bringing in millions of dollars doesn’t mean it isn’t helping the community hosting the event.

Renting Your Seat at the Leadership Table

Idea Architects

1980-81 Executive Board, Illinois Association of Student Councils As a senior in high school, I have the tremendous honor of serving as the state president for the Illinois Association of Student Councils. One of the best lessons my mentors taught me is that you don't own your seat at the leadership table no matter how talented, knowledgeable, or caring you might be.

FTC Seeks to Stop Tradeshow Directory Scam

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Postal Inspection Service, the Attorney General’s Offices of California and Illinois, the Better Business Bureaus serving Central Ohio, Metropolitan New York, and Chicago and Northern Illinois, and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. How to Report The FTC is continuing to investigate Construct Data/FAIR Guide. Those who challenge the invoice are told the order cannot be canceled.

How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Nonprofit Training

Beth Kanter's Blog

I came across a brain scan by Dr. Chuck Hillman from University of Illinois Neurocognitive Kinesiology Laboratory. Photo: Americans for the Arts. Designing and facilitating training (not matter the topic) is one of my passions and why I blog about it on a regular basis. There are many creative ways to engage learners during a training – both face-to-face and online. Training Design

The State of the MOOC: What Associations Should Know

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Illinois State University alone created 110 badges when it launched a [program] with Credly in 2016. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have been around long enough that some strong takeaways are starting to show themselves. Read on to see what Harvard and MIT have learned about MOOCs—and what your association should keep in mind. The median age was 29.) percent received a certificate.

Help Your Presenters Embrace Diversity and Inclusion

Idea Architects

Guidance and Orientation LeadingAge Illinois , like some associations, includes a brief statement in their speaker guidelines “to sensitize speakers to the potential diversity in the audience.” Note: I wrote the following article for ASAE-The Center for Association Leadership, and it was published on April 6 in their Associations Now Plus members-only resource.

Report: Goodwill Locations Hit By Credit-Card Breach

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However, tech security journalist Brian Krebs reported Monday that stores in 21 states showed patterns consistent with fraud, including locations in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Making “What is” Visible

Jamie Notter

And Thursday Maddie and I were speaking at Northeastern Illinois University to students and professors who had all been using Humanize in just about every course in the College of Business this semester. So I am back from my whirlwind, three-city tour last week (Phoenix, Toronto, Chicago), which explains my lack of blogging. I had a fabulous time at three very different events. Sweet!

Monday Buzz: Why the Gig Economy Is Growing

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Many of those side-hustlers are working in states with high costs of living, such as California, New York, and Illinois. According to new research from LinkedIn, side hustles are driving the gig economy in new ways. Also: A few tips to make your SEO shine. Is the future of work going to involve a lot of freelancing? Well, it turns out that it already does. Part of the reason? Boost Your SEO.

Friday Buzz: The City With the Best Wireless (Hint: It’s Windy)

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Overall, cities in the Midwest did particularly well, with five Rust Belt cities—Chicago; Lansing, Michigan ; Rockford, Illinois ; Fort Wayne, Indiana ; and Detroit —sitting in the top 10. Chicago tops the list of large cities with the best wireless access, beating out several other event hubs. Also: why your association should prioritize community managers in the hiring process. Agree?

Member, Meet Sponsor: A Model for Reaching Under-Served Segments

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The Chicago-based Community Memorial Foundation offers grants to nonprofits in the communities it serves to join the Management Association of Illinois. Can’t get certain audiences to pay to join your association? Why not get someone else to pay for them? The sponsored-membership model is alive in many forms. Here’s how associations are using it. Fifteen dollars. That’s it!

Tuesday Buzz: Don’t Forget Your Case Studies

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In his latest blog post, Cufaude talks about his time, while in high school, as the state president for the Illinois Association of Student Councils—a role he had for only a short time, and one defined by a bursting-at-the-seams scrapbook he received when he took on the job. How one association took a data-based approach to building effective, personalized case studies. nonprofits

Put a Price Tag on Your Benefits

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Illinois Technology Association. Don’t leave the value of your association’s member benefits open to question. Here’s why you should put dollar values on your benefits, plus a few examples of associations that are doing so. If you’ve read even the most basic advice on negotiation tactics, you’re likely to know about “anchoring.”

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Engage volunteers, take a page from the magazine

Aaron Wolowiec

Similar publications are offered in California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as two regional publications (i.e., “Busy.”. I suspect this is the four-letter word you last used in response to the question, “How are you?” And it’s probably not an exaggeration either. Pictured with Bill Hamilton, president, Bill Hamilton Designs. Lessons Learned.

March Madness, Meetings Edition

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For example, the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois hosted a March Madness event with two other groups last week. We’re in the thick of March Madness again. Learn how your association can incorporate elements of one of America’s largest sporting events into its meetings and conventions. billion on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament? Please share in the comments.

Social Media Roundup: If Astrophysicists Can’t Solve Airplane Boarding, Who Can?

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Astrophysicist Jason Steffen of the University of Illinois told the Associated Press he calculated the perfect plan , but admitted it probably wouldn’t work because it calls for boarding passengers in a precise order. ” Figuring out the problem is actually a big deal, according to researchers from Northern Illinois University. Not at Annual? Herding Cats. Flying to #asae13 ? "Endless

Association Blasts Medicare for Paying Unlicensed Prosthetics Providers

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The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics reports that 15 states currently have certification laws: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. 15 states. A report [PDF] from the U.S. bill in the Works.

Destinations Experiment With New Marketing Efforts

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The campaign—a first-time effort by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Choose Chicago , the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), World Business Chicago, and the Illinois Office of Tourism—will promote Chicago’s technology, music, and film scene and educate attendees about Chicago natives who have left a mark on their industries while living and working in the Windy City.

Why Movement Is the Killer Learning App for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter's Blog

I came across a brain scan by Dr. Chuck Hillman from University of Illinois Neurocognitive Kinesiology Laboratory. As a trainer and facilitator who works with nonprofit organizations and staffers, you have to be obsessed with learning theory to design and deliver effective instruction, have productive meetings, or embark on your own self-directed learning path. Here’s some examples.

Making Introductions: Landmen Group Launches “Meet Us” Campaign

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The group focused its efforts on markets near major shale plays like Marcellus (New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia), New Albany (Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky), and Haynesville-Bossier (Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas), among others. Early returns have been promising. What are landmen, anyway? With the help of their professional association, they’d like to introduce themselves.

Report: Major Hotel Chains Hit by Long-Term Data Breach

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The company’s statement listed the affected hotels—located in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia—and stated it will offer credit monitoring services to customers affected by the breach. White Lodging Services Corp. More details: What happened: White Lodging Services Corp. However, it’s unknown how many that is.

The Internet’s Great Lesson for IT Departments

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Last month, association consultant Jeffrey Cufaude made this point when he recalled his work years ago as state president of the Illinois Association of Student Councils—and the scrapbook full of ideas that represented the association’s institutional knowledge. It offers an important lesson for any IT department. Department of Commerce) into a private one. The difference?

AARP Foundation Boosts Employment Initiative

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The nonprofits are the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, the National Able Network (in the Chicago area and Dupage County, Illinois), and Youth Co-Op, Inc. (in Many older Americans need employment assistance to become more financially stable, says AARP Foundation—which is why the foundation is expanding its partnerships with local colleges and nonprofits to provide it.

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Heading Down the Road: Member Interests Drive Association’s Relocation

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Last week the association announced it will move its headquarters from Rockford, Illinois, to a building it will construct in Elgin, putting FMA within the Chicago metropolitan area. The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, says it wants to be near its member companies—so the association is moving its headquarters closer to Chicago.