Illinois Public Service Institute recognizes the importance of promoting the advancement of public works among persons professionally involved in the delivery of public works infrastructure and services, the Illinois Chapter of the American Public Works Association and the Chicago Metropolitan Chapter of the American Public Works Association formed a partnership to develop and promote educational and technical opportunities for their members. The joint venture began in 2002 when the two chapters agreed to underwrite the financial cost to develop the "Illinois Public Service Institute". The objective is to develop and provide mid- career development and training for municipal and county supervisory employees. There were 50 participants in the first class. The reputation of the program speaks for itself and in 2007, the attendance has more than tripled.

The Institute consists of a three-year training program, which provides instruction expressly designed for public service employees. The IPSI course is divided into three one-week sessions focusing on leadership development, service excellence and personal supervisory skills. The sessions are non-sequential and one may begin the three-year cycle at any time. The program is held each fall and repeated the following spring at Keller's Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois.

IPSI is an outstanding program that will help you reach your professional goals and enhance your effectiveness and efficiency on the job.

College Credit
Northern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will offer up to three hours of academic credit in an independent study format at either the undergraduate or graduate level for the completion of each year of the Institute. Outside course work including a reading list and a short paper will be required. Tuition and admission fees apply and are in addition to the IPSI registration fee.

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Announcing MAPSI

We are pleased to announce a partnership between the leaders of IPSI and MPSI  to extend the institute experience and provide a unique training opportunity – The Midwest Advanced Public Service Institute (MAPSI). This endeavor is in response to the demand for ongoing, continued leadership programs for MPSI and IPSI graduates as well as Public Service Directors and Upper Level Managers.

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Midwest Advanced Public Service Institute

2017-18 Focus on Leadership

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October 1 - October 6, 2017
or April 22 - April 27, 2018

  • Challenges and Solutions for Leadership in Public  Service
  • Leadership Styles
  • It’s a Matter of Your Style and more!





2018-19 Focus on Service Excellence

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October 7 - October 12, 2018
or May 5 - May 10, 2019

  • Defining Excellence in Public Works
  • The Supervisor’s Role in Service Excellence
  • Serving Internal and External Customers and more!



2019-20 Focus on Personal Supervisory

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October 6 - October 11, 2019
or April 27 - May 1, 2020

  • Supervisory Do’s and Don’ts
  • Understanding the Budgeting Process
  • Legal Update




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