Each year, the Illinois Chapter recognizes the best in planning across Illinois with our annual awards program. These plans exemplify the tremendous planning efforts across the State of Illinois.
2020 APA-IL Chapter Awards
The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) is proud to announce the 2020 APA-IL Project and Service Award Winners. These outstanding planning efforts from across the state exemplify the practice of urban planning and each stand as an example of ways our members are “Making Great Communities for All” in Illinois. Congratulations to all!
Thank you to the 2020 Awards Jury. It’s no small effort to read and review all the great project nominations we receive.
Nina Idemudia, AICP from Muse Community Design
Lesley Roth, AICP from Ratio
Cynthia Hoyle, FAICP from Hoyle Consulting
Mark Rinnan, AICP from Jacobs
Jaemi Jackson, AICP from the City of Highland Park
Mercy Davison, AICP from the Town of Normal
Steve Marciani, AICP from the Village of Skokie and Co-chair for the Awards Program.
2020 Project & Service Awards
Please note: all 2020 videos will go live at 4:30 PM on September 16, 2020
As the APA-IL has gone virtual with their events this year, the 2020 Awards Program is a little different. The Chapter decided to mix it up and give all of you a bit more of a peek behind the scenes. Join us via YouTube to learn a little about each plan in a brief recorded Q&A with each of our award winners, hosted by 2020 APA-IL Awards Chair, Tim Gustafson, AICP. Come with us as we explore the various zoom backgrounds, socially-distant conference rooms, and home offices used as we learned more from each of our award recipients.
2020 APA-IL Awards Program
September 16, 2020
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Please note, all 2020 awards videos will go live at 4:30 PM on September 16, 2020.
2020 Conference attendees will also be able to hear from some of the award-winning plan teams during #APAIL2020 Speed Planning #2 session on Thursday, September 17th from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM.
2020 Project Awards
Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan Award
This year the APA-IL honors the Village of Frankfort for the “Your Future Your Frankfort 2040 Comprehensive Plan”. From the plan’s application narrative, “Frankfort is a community that is deeply committed to quality. From top‐notch parks and education to the design and construction of new homes and businesses, quality matters” a great deal to the Village and its residents."
The project submitted was created during the Plan Making Studio course at the University of Illinois at Chicago and showcases the team’s ability to develop a high quality comprehensive plan for the South Suburban community of Dolton, Illinois.
Opportunity and Empowerment Award - new for 2020!
AFT not only established an unprecedented common agenda for Austin, it outlined concrete, community-prioritized actions to drive the improvement of Austin’s quality of life.
Healthy Active Community Award
The Forest Preserves of Cook County commissioned this innovative and ground-breaking approach to strategic land acquisition planning as a new model for land acquisition.
Public Outreach Award
The joint effort between the City of Bloomington, Town of Normal, and McLean County Regional Plan Commission process created and implemented the most robust, multi-faceted, strategic community outreach effort in the area. Considerable thought was put into creating an outreach plan that would focus heavily on community engagement, especially with populations traditionally excluded from the planning process.
Strategic Plan Award
The Urbana Park District undertook this transformative strategic planning and community engagement process in-house to create the very best, and uniquely Urbana, strategic plan.
The Village of Matteson developed a visionary idea to re-imagine the corridors as connectors and identity defining routes to celebrate the community’s history, commercial success, and promising future.
2020 Service Awards
Emerging Planner Award
Jane Wilberding, AICP
Planning Advocate Award
Distinguished Service Award
Marcella Bondie Keenan