About Us


The Chicago Chapter of the American Payroll Association is an organization of payroll professionals. The Chicago Chapter was established in 1983 as the first local chapter for payroll professionals in the State of Illinois. The Chapter is managed by a group of volunteers who dedicate their time and share their knowledge with chapter members.  View our Chapter Profile page on the American Payroll Association website.

Join Us Today!

If you are thinking about joining the Chicago Chapter or have not renewed your membership, don’t delay! Go to the Membership page and do it today! As a member you have access to our monthly newsletter, discounts on seminars and educational classes and much, much more to support your Payroll Profession!

Chapter Purpose and Member Benefits

The Chicago Chapter exists to share and promote knowledge, professionalism, high standards of performance, networking and communication among payroll professionals in the Chicago area through offering educational events and community service activities.

Chapter Benefits include:

  • Organization website featuring chapter educational events, compliance updates, job opportunities, networking events and vendors; links to National APA site and other key payroll websites.

  • Monthly Newsletter – keeps members up to date with the latest and upcoming events.

  • Hotline Service – assistance with payroll topics provided by member volunteers.

  • Education and Training – members receive admission discounts and recertification credits for attending quarterly educational sessions, FPC & CPP review and study groups and the IL Statewide conference. Presentations by payroll professionals on timely, relevant payroll topics.

  • Sue Darring Education Grant – awarded to members who apply and includes membership, attendance for CPP/FPC Review class, admission to all chapter meetings, attendance to Illinois Statewide Payroll conference, and the Payroll Source.

  • Access to local Members - networking with professionals in your same industry, size, software services and expertise on various payroll topics. Opportunities for you to share on various Chapter Committees.

  • Participation in award-winning Chapter that is acknowledged at the APA National level for their achievements; past presidents who have also become presidents at the national level.

  • Promote community service through payroll education for various groups and charity events.

  • National Payroll Week – chapter participates in special events and community education events that recognize payroll professionals and their support of the payroll withholding system.


Please Volunteer

If you would like to join our extended board family, as a committee member, we welcome your energy and vision!

  • Chicago Chapter Hotline – The hotline committee will be responsible for accessing and answering the calls made to the Chapter’s voice mailbox. We are looking for volunteers that can agree to check voice mail at least once a day for a month and respond to the calls. This may include answering questions, recording attendees for meetings and forwarding messages to the Board as appropriate.

  • COG - Community Outreach Group – Members will work on community and charitable outreach events.

  • Educational Committee – Arrange and/or present at schools, youth and adult organizations on the importance of education and providing knowledge and clear expectations about their paycheck. As well as seeking and recommending creditable speakers for meetings.

  • Hospitality Committee – Handling registration at meetings, responsible for gathering and distributing communications provided from members at meetings to the board for follow up, Welcoming members at Chapter events.

  • Meeting Planning – We are looking for volunteers that can help with planning the meetings including choosing topics and finding speakers, as well as finding locations for next years meetings.

  • Membership – This group will help promote membership in the Chicago Chapter. Also making wellness calls to our members, working to increase membership and communications to our members.

  • National Payroll Week – We are looking for volunteers that can help with obtaining proclamations from the various cities and the State. We also have the privilege of talking with radio stations, newspapers and educational institutions to promote National Payroll Week.

  • Nomination Committee – This group of volunteers will verify the membership and credentials of those members wishing to run for election in August.

  • Public Relations – Maintain and manage the website and it's content, develop social media content, etc.

  • Statewide Committee – Assist with the planning and preparations for the annual Illinois Statewide Conference.

  • Vendor Support Committee – Contact vendors and prospective vendors for support of our organization.