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2017 APA-IL State Conference: Tier I Sponsor Announced! Online Registration Ends 9-8

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

The countdown is on! Less than two weeks until the 2017 APA-IL State Conference begins. We hope your calendars are marked and bags are packed to meet us in Naperville! Not registered yet? Hurry! Online registration will end September 8th and rates will increase at the conference. REGISTER NOW > >

THANK YOU to our Tier I Sponsor!

Please join us in thanking Hitchcock Design Group for their generous support of APA-IL programming and networking events throughout the year .

Since 1980, Hitchcock Design Group has earned a reputation for client-focused planning and design. With a local office in Naperville, and offices in Austin, Chicago, and Indianapolis, Hitchcock Design Group planners and landscape architects have produced an extensive portfolio of award-winning projects. Hitchcock Design Group provides a full range of large-scale, multidisciplinary project capabilities, while maintaining the focused, personalized attention of a smaller firm. For more information, visit

Hitchcock Design Group is sponsoring our evening at Quigley's Irish Pub on Thursday, September 14th. Join us for a little comradery and be sure to thank Hitchcock Design Group for their support of APA-IL programming and networking events throughout the year.

Online Registration Ends September 8th

Get the best conference rates by registering online!

Don't Google, don't ask Siri, all you need to do is click HERE and click on the word Register. While your mouse is a-clickin', don't forget to add on a mobile workshop or two! Then, add a free ticket for the Awards Ceremony and some AICP Exam Prep! If you already registered but did not add these events to your registration, it's ok! Email our registration manager at and tell him you'd like to join us. Live large!

Volunteer at the Conference

Want to help out during the conference? We're offering complimentary attendance in exchange for your volunteer time and service. If you are interested in volunteering for a half-day or full-day, please contact Volunteer Committee Chair Drew Awsumb, AICP for more information.

Back by Popular Demand: Speed Planning!

Our annual speed planning session will be held Thursday September 14th from 1:30 to 2:30 at Hotel Indigo (2nd floor). This session offers a taste of planning at its best, from recent award winners and other agencies, through a fast-paced, interactive session. How does it work? One project, topic, and/or speaker will present at one table for the entire session. Here’s where the real fun begins: every 15-20 minutes, attendees will be instructed to move to another table to listen to a different presentation. Every 15-20 minutes a new group of people will be sitting at each table for the award winner or agency to do their presentation again. Think musical chairs, APA-IL style!

Plan Commissioner Training

New and seasoned plan commissioners are invited to an all-day training session on September 14th. We'll provide a chance for plan commissioners to step back, 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 the morning and afternoon sessions. Planners will likely find the afternoon session, which includes a mock hearing and best practices for public hearings, the most useful.

Meet, Greet, Tweet, Repeat... Be Social!

Reconnect with old classmates, colleagues, and friends – and make new connections! #APAIL17 will offer a number of events to connect with other attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors.

Awards Reception and Exhibitor Meet & Greet at Hotel Indigo, 5:30-7:30pm on Wednesday, September 13 – After the awards program, mingle with award winners and exhibitors at the meet and greet. The meet and greet will be held at Elements, a banquet facility located within the Water Street development, home to Hotel Indigo. The event is complimentary to all conference attendees (cash bar).

APA-CMS TODrinks and Exhibitor Meet & Greet at Hotel Indigo, 5:45-6:45pm on Thursday, September 14 – After a day of conference sessions, join us for drinks and talking shop with your fellow planners. No agendas, no speeches – just friends and fun. The event is complimentary to all conference attendees. Non-attendees are welcome (cash bar).

Meet Us at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 7:00pm on Thursday, September 14 – After a day of conference sessions, plan to join us at Quigley’s Irish Pub in downtown Naperville for a pint o’ Guinness (cash bar) with new and old friends. Conference registration not required. Light snacks sponsored by Tier I Sponsor, Hitchcock Design Group.

If you already registered but did not add these events to your registration, please email to have them added.

THANKS to our team!

When you attend #APAIL17, keep our Conference Co-chair, Rory Fancler, AICP, and committees on your minds. It's hard work organizing our state conferences! The success of #APAIL17 depends on volunteers, employers, and friends contributing their time, creativity, expertise, and resources.

  • 2017 Co-Chair: Rory Fancler, AICP, PTP, Kimley-Horn

  • 2017 APA-IL Board Liason: Trevor Dick, AICP, LEED AP, City of Naperville

  • Christina Bader, AICP, LEED AP, Farr Associates

  • John Said, AICP

  • Ceri Holroyd

  • Dawn Jones, Hitchcock Design Group

  • Vijay Gadde, AICP, Village of Homer Glen

  • Marcy Knysz, AICP, Manhard Consulting

  • Charlotte O’Donnell Obodzinski, AICP, Pace Bus

  • Jim Testin, AICP, SafeBuilt

  • Stephanie Brown, AICP, MSA Professional Services, Inc.

  • Brandon Nolin, AICP, CMAP

  • Allison Laff, AICP, City of Naperville

  • Jerad Chipman, AICP, Village of Montgomery

  • Drew Awsumb, AICP, City of Highland Park

SPECIAL THANKS to our 2017 sponsors!

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Questions regarding this year’s conference can be directed to the 2017 Conference Chair, Rory Fancler, AICP. If you're interested in volunteering at the conference, please contact the 2017 Volunteer Chair, Drew Awsumb, AICP.

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