The APA-IL Legislative Committee provides information on legislative matters in Springfield that concern planning officials and professionals and provide an effective voice to advocate on matters concerning planning practice and profession in Illinois.


Legislative Committee Members

David S. Silverman, AICP, Chair, Ancel Glink et al.

Ian Brown, Shapiro & Associates

Greg W. Jones, AICP, Ancel Glink et al.

Ben Leroy, City of Champaign

Michael Penicnak, City of Chicago

Bethany Salmon, Village of Orland Park


Current Alerts, News, and Events

May 23, 2019

Our regional and state network of roads, bridges, and transit is in such dire need of reinvestment that it’s putting residents and businesses at risk. As lawmakers in Springfield consider how to fund urgently needed transportation improvements, the APA-IL is one of a g...

Our original Legislative Alert on this bill included information that was inaccurate. Provisions regarding home maintenance and storage restrictions are not part of the bill currently being considered in the House. In your communications with legislators, do not includ...

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Past Legislative Actions

House Bills 4246, 4247, 4248 Prohibit Use of Local Government Funds to Pay for Local Government Officials’ Professional Development and Training Expenses

Safe Roads Constitutional Amendment

  • October 31, 2016 APA-IL Blast

  • Recommendation: Uncertainties and severity of the constitutional amendment mechanism lead the APA-IL to encourage its membership to vote NO on the SRA.

Senate Bill 6033 (Amends Annexation Statutes Adding Burdensome Notice and Procedural Requirements)


Senate Bill 0036 (School Zoning)

  • March 17, 2015 APA-IL Blast

  • UPDATE: SB0036 has, with a few non-votes, passed the Senate unanimously. The APA-IL can certainly take some credit here with our consistent support of Sen. Althoff’s bill and our advocacy for its passage during our Planners Legislative Action Day on March 24th. Congratulations to our Legislative Committee on a job well done!

  • Recommendation: Contact your state representatives to Support SB0036 as introduced.




The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) is the premier authority on urban planning issues and professional development for Illinois' urban planners.


The APA-IL is the official membership association for practicing planners in the State of Illinois.  We strive to inform, educate, and connect our members to resources and tools that advance the practice of planning throughout the state.  We pride ourselves on "Making Great Communities Happen" all across Illinois.  




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2015 APA-IL Planners Legislative Day

2015 Planners attending #PLAD15. Photo by David Silverman, AICP