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2019 APA-IL State Conference

Evanston, IL

September 25-27, 2019


In 2019, for the first time ever, we had our program ready in May! 

#APAIL19 featured all the classics, including:

  • Ethics & Law

  • Plan Commissioner Training (9/26)

  • AICP Exam Prep (9/27)

New for 2019, we offered a Career Corner! Attendees were able to grab a free headshot and brush up your resume and interview skills!

The APA-IL offered a conference app to our attendees, thanks to our sponsor Muse Community + Design.

You can download a .pdf of the paper, tri-fold program that was given to attendees here.

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Agenda at a Glance

All Oct 6-7 events will be held at the Marriott unless otherwise indicated (*). 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021


  • 8:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast & Registration

  • 9:00 - 10:30 AM Welcome & Sessions

  • 10:30 - 10:45 AM Break

  • 10:45 AM - 12:15 AM Sessions

  • 12:15 - 1:30 PM Loungeabout the Roundabout Lunch (on your own)

  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM Sessions

  • 2:30 - 2:45 PM Break

  • 2:45 - 4:15 PM Session

  • 4:15 - 4:30 PM Break

  • 4:30 - 5:30 PM Awards Presentation

  • 5:30 - 7:30 PM Awards Reception and Exhibitor Meet & Greet

  • 7:30 PM CNU Illinois Reception

Thursday, October 7, 2021


  • 7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast with Sponsors &  Exhibitors

  • 8:30 - 9:30 AM Keynote: Adventurous Together: Rivian and Central Illinois

  • 9:30 - 9:45 AM Break

  • 9:45 - 10:45 AM Sessions

  • 10:45 - 11:00 AM Break

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sessions

  • 12:00 - 12:45 PM Loungeabout the Roundabout Lunch (on your own) 

  • 12:45 - 1:30 PM Dessert with Exhibitors

  • Time TBD - Plan Commissioner Training

  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM Sessions

  • 2:30 - 2:45 PM Break

  • 2:45 - 3:45 PM Speed Planning

  • 3:45 - 4:00 PM Break

  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM Sessions

Friday, October 8, 2021


  • 8:15 - 8:30:00 AM Introduction

  • 8:30 - 9:30 AM Session 1

  • 9:00 - 12:00 AICP Exam Prep

  • 9:30 - 11:00 AM Session 2

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Session 3

  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch Break

  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM Session 4

  • 2:00 - 3:00 PM Session 5   

!! Please note: items on this page are subject to change !!

All Oct 6-7 events slated to be held at the Marriot unless otherwise indicated (*). 



Date: Friday, October 8, 2021

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)

Cost: Illinois members FREE / Non-Illinois members $25 (conference registration not required)


The APA-IL is proud to once again provide the widely successful AICP Exam Prep Workshop. The virtual session will be led by the same trainers who have conducted AICP training throughout the country for over a decade and the past 8 National APA Conferences including the 2018 National APA Conference in New Orleans: John Houseal, FAICP, Devin Lavigne, AICP, LEED AP, founders of Houseal Lavigne Associates, and Trevor Dick, AICP, LEED AP, City of Aurora. Each registrant will be provided a course booklet .pdf.

Plan Commissioner Training

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Time: afternoon / evening (exact time TBD)

Cost for Commissioners: single day $75 | full conference (3 days): $150 


It's back! Plan commissioners work hard reading packets, reviewing cases, conducting public hearings, and considering policy matters; but they rarely get the chance to sit back and look at the big picture of what they do and the significance it has to the communities in which they live. That will be the focus of this all-day track.


Most commissioners are not professionals in the planning or development field and can benefit from a bit of extra training on the topic. Even seasoned commissioners appreciate the chance to step back from the task of plan review and approval, learn what’s new in planning, and discuss their role with fellow commissioners.

All planning officials, boards, and commissions are welcome. Professional planners are welcome to attend both sessions (CM only available for 2nd session). Planners will likely find the afternoon session, which includes a mock hearing and best practices for public hearings, the most useful.

Session 1:  Panel Discussion with Planners and Attorneys

  • Introduction to planning and tools of the trade – History, comp plans, zoning, roles of other parties, responsibilities of commissioners 

  • Planning Tricks of the Trade – Running a meeting, Findings of Fact, Ethics, Ex Parte, conflict of interest, open meetings


Networking Lunch

  • This is a great opportunity to network with commissioners from other communities! Box lunch provided.


Session 2: Mock Hearing

  • We will cover typical items that occur during a public hearing and how best to handle the process. Commissioners will be asked to volunteer to read a script and play the parts, such as developer, attorney, engineer, architect, planner, neighbor. At several points, we will ask the audience how the hearing is going based on what they learned in the morning. We will discuss whether certain things could have been handled in a different manner so the commissioners will learn about best practices for conducting a hearing. 

Reception (commissioners only)

  • Location: TBA

  • Enjoy light appetizers and beverages as we recount the lessons of the day with fellow commissioners. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn about the concepts and standards of planning.

  2. Learn about the roles and responsibilities of a plan commissioner.

  3. Learn about the roles and perspectives of others involved in the development approval process.


Michael Blue, FAICP, Teska Associates

Greg Jones, AICP Ancel Glink
David Silverman, AICP, Ancel Glink

Plan Commissioner Training

Social Events

Social Events

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Tuesday Evening - Get Socially Reacquainted!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time: 8:00 pm

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

201 Broadway

Normal, IL 61761

This is a casual event is open to all.

Join the APA-IL in Normal the evening before the conference begins. We'll be meeting up at the hotel bar, trying to remember our best social skills, and seeing if we can recognize each other outside of a Zoom meeting! This is a great opportunity to get reaquainted with your planning peers before sessions begin the next morning.

Awards Reception and Exhibitor Meet & Greet

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Awards Ceremony - 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Exhibitors Meet and Greet Reception - 5:30 to 6:30 pm


This complimentary event is open to all attendees. 

After the Awards Program, mingle with award winners and exhibitors at the meet and greet immediately following the awards. This reception joins you and other attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors.

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Wednesday Evening CNU Reception

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm

Location: TBD

The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Illinois is pleased to welcome 2021 APA-IL State Conference attendees to Normal! Stay tuned. Details coming soon.

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