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Important Dates:
  • Awards Nominations due Friday, June 23, 2023 at 5:00 pm via the online form (see below). The deadline will not be extended. If you have issues submitting your documentation in the form, contact

  • Virtual Awards Office Hours - June 2, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) - Register Here 

  • Award winners will be notified in August 2023.

  • Award winners will be announced in August or September 2023.

  • Award winners will be honored in conjunction with the 2023 State Conference.

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Download the 2023 APA-IL Awards Program to learn about this year's awards categories and criteria.

New for 2023

  • The nomination deadline will not be extended.

  • The nomination form includes a 100-250 word project summary.

  • Narratives have been reduced from 3 to 2 pages.

  • Project Nomination fee is $75

  • New! Most Valuable Planner (MVP) Service Award

Our process makes it easy to submit your project for an APA 2023 national award (portal open June 12–30, 2023). Please consider submitting and gaining national recognition for your project.

Nomination Fees:

  • Project Award Nomination - $75

  • Student Project Award Nomination - $0

  • Service Award Nomination - $0

Awards Office Hours

Do you have questions about the 2023 Awards Program? Join the APA-IL Awards Chair, Sara Egan, AICP on June 2nd at 12:00 p.m. (noon) for virtual Awards Office Hours. It's a time for you to get answers to your 🙋 and to make sure everything is ✔️✔️✔️. Click here to register for this free Zoom.

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 2023 Awards Nomination in 3 easy steps!

STEP 1: Collect Information

Download and review the 2023 Awards Program Packet. 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.

  • The Nominator will be the main point of contact for the award nomination.

  • Know how you will pay the $75 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.

Nominations due by June 23, 2023 at 5:00 PM CST (the deadline will not be extended)


  • 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 $75 Project Nomination fee (per nomination). 

There is no fee for Student or Service Awards.

Upon completion of the online 2023 Project Nomination Form, the confirmation message will include a link to pay the $75 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 June 23, 2023.

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 at the State Conference!

Questions regarding the Awards process can be directed to

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