The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter remembers.

The APA-IL extends its deepest sympathy to the loved ones of deceased members. This page serves as a tribute to the members and their accomplishments. This page is dedicated to Steve Lazzara, who was a true friend to all and saw the best in everyone.


I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

-- Maya Angelou

It is not possible for the APA-IL to always know when a member has passed away. The following information has been volunteered to us by colleagues, friends, and family. We ask for your help in paying tribute to those former members on this page. Please contact the APA-IL if you know a member that has passed away.


May 13, 2019

We are shocked and saddened by the passing of a colleague, Steve Lazzara. Steve was deeply involved in the APA-CMS, planning for our conferences, and the APA-IL Pubic Relations Committee. We offer our condolences to his family.

You can find Steve's complete obituary at ...

March 15, 2019

It is with a heavy heart we share the news of Frank So, FAICP. So served as executive director of APA and AICP from 1996 to 2001. He helped create Planning magazine and the Planners Press book publishing program. He worked as the Director of Planning and Community Deve...

February 8, 2018

Barbara Cunix Berlin, 63, was a wonderful person beloved by her friends and family. She was an intelligent and accomplished professional, decent, honest and warm. She leaves a void for all who were fortunate enough to have known her. She will be missed very much.

She ha...

February 10, 2017

Charles Allen, FAICP passed away on January 20th at the age of 81. He developed the prototype for the Community Development Block Grant, was a charter member of the American Planning Association, served on the APA Board of Directors from 1979-1982. Charles became a Fel...

September 15, 2016

With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Urban and Regional Planning's beloved Professor Emeritus Leonard Heumann, our favorite houser and mensch. Len passed away September 13th in the comfort of his home...

April 26, 2016

With deep sorrow, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning announces the passing of our dear friend and colleague Jane Terry. Jane passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 21 at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana at age 69.

Jane was a member of our Depar...

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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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