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Nomination Deadline Extended to July 1, 2022!

Important Dates:

  • Awards Nominations due Friday, July 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm (was June 24) via the online form (see below). If you have issues submitting your documentation in the form, contact

  • Award winners will be notified in August 2022.

  • Award winners will be announced in August or September 2022.

  • Award winners will be honored in conjunction with the 2022 State Conference in September.


June 14th Awards Virtual Office Hours

We're here to help!

Do you have questions about the 2022 Awards Program? Join the APA-IL Awards Chair, Sara Egan, AICP on June 14th at noon for the Awards Office Hours. It's a time for you to get As to your Qs and to make sure everything is ✔️✔️✔️. Click here to register for this free Zoom.

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Download the 2022 APA-IL Awards Program to learn about this year's awards categories and criteria.

New for 2022!

  • New category! Historic Exploration Award.

  • Optional letters of support from other agencies, stakeholders, etc. that might bring additional perspective to the nomination are allowed.

  • The Public Outreach category has been removed and will remain a criteria for all categories. Instances where public outreach is not part of a scope can be explained in the nomination.

  • The Advancing Diversity & Social Change Award, Daniel Burnham Award, and Strategic Plan Award have been updated to align with APA national criteria.

Our process makes it easy to submit your project for an APA 2022 national award (portal open June 20–July 8, 2022)! Please consider submitting and gaining national recognition for your project.

Nomination Fees:

  • Project Award Nomination - $50

  • Student Project Award Nomination - $0

  • Service Award Nomination - $0

FAQ - We've had a few questions asked and we would like to share them with you!

  • Are there restrictions on the number of student award nominations that can come from a single institution?  No. Institutions can have multiple submissions. The submissions must be for different projects (not the same projects in different categories).

  • Is faculty responsible for the nomination if it’s only one, or can it be someone else?  
    The nominator could be any APA-IL member. The form asks for the nominator's contact information and if the nominator is the contact for the project there is space to add the project's contact information. In the case of student projects, it could be a student or faculty member that makes the nomination as long as they are a member of the APA-IL.

  • Is the letter of support from a funding agency required if a student project did not receive funding for the work? Students should provide a letter of support from faculty member that supported their work.


Complete a 2022 Awards Nomination in 3 easy steps!

STEP 1: Collect Information

Review the 2022 Awards Program Packet and be sure to: 

  • Check the nomination eligibility for yourself and your project

  • Are you submitting a project or service nomination? Be sure to collect the right information for the type of nomination you are submitting prior to starting the online nomination form.

  • Ask for letters of support early. Obtaining letters can be a time consuming process.

  • Be aware, as the Nominator you will be the main point of contact for the award nomination.

  • Know how you will pay the $50 Project Award Submission Fee (if applicable). This fee is payable by credit card, via PayPal. No PayPal account necessary. Waivers available by emailing

STEP 2: Online Nomination Form

All nominations must be submitted via APA-IL's online Google Form. You will need a Google email address. No Google email address? Email for special instructions.

Submit your project nomination
Submit your service nomination

Click here to view our 2022 Awards Program packet for all nomination information.


Nominations due by July 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST (deadline extended on 6/22, was originally June 24)


  • The nominator must be a member of the American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) and the agency/entity that originally funded the work must support the nomination in writing. All entities that share responsibility for the completion of the plan/project and deserve recognition for the award must be listed on the nomination form. 

  • Nominations must be located within the State of Illinois.

  • Nominations may only be made in a single award category.

  • Nominations may be submitted for a Chapter Award a maximum of two times.

  • Nominations shall be for plans/projects that are recent, within the past five years. 

STEP 3: Fee for Project Awards

Project Nominations require a $50 Project Nomination fee (per nomination). 

There is no fee for Student or Service Awards.

Upon completion of the 2022 Project Nomination Form, the confirmation message will include a link to pay the $50 Project Award Submission Fee. If you are submitting multiple Project Nominations, please wait to pay the fee after all are nominations submitted.

This fee is payable via credit card or via PayPal. Instructions for each payment method will be included. No PayPal account necessary. 


Please note: submission fees must be received by July 1, 2022.

Thank You!

We appreciate you taking the time to submit a nomination for your outstanding plan or person. Good luck and we hope to see you in September!

Questions regarding the Awards process can be directed to

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