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2017 APA-IL State Conference: Last Call for Online Reg! Full Program Now Available!

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

Hints of fall are in the air! The leaves are starting to show color, pumpkin spiced lattes are being ordered, college football has kicked-off, the kids are back in school, and #APAIL17 is here. Before you grab your fall sweater and program directions to Hotel Indigo in your GPS, check out the following conference highlights (and also check the weather). Online registration ends Friday, September 8th! Click here for the best conference rates! If you miss out, please register at the conference. We look forward to seeing you next week!

2017 APA-IL State Conference: Last Call for Online Registration! Full Program Now Available!

Online Registration Ends Friday!

Did we mention online registration will close this Friday? Be sure to complete your #APAIL17 registration online before end of business on Friday, September 8th. On-site registration will be provided at Hotel Indigo; increased rates apply. Click here to register online (yes, again, before end of business day on Friday). Be sure to share this link with your friends and colleagues!

2017 APA-IL State Conference Program

View the Final Program!

(version as of 9-10-2017)

#APAIL17 offers a variety of sessions – and CM credit! Click here to review the program and to plan your conference schedule. The schedule is also available through the conference app – keep reading for more information!

It's not too Late! Add a Mobile Workshop...

Be sure to register for a mobile workshop! #APAIL17 offers eight (8) different mobile workshops. If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, register for the Pace Bus-On-Shoulder Service Workshop! Participants will ride an in-service Pace Express Bus from downtown Naperville to Burr Ridge, and back again. During the bus ride, Pace representatives will discuss the success of the bus-on-shoulder program.

Interested in the nuts and bolts of planning? Check out the walking tours of downtown Naperville, Aurora, or Wheaton!

If you already registered for #APAIL17 and would like to add a mobile workshop to your registration, please email Registration Manager, Keith Johnston at

Plan for a Networking Lunch!

Expand your network, learn something new, and enjoy a delicious meal! Similar to last year, #APAIL17 will offer u-pick lunch options on Wednesday and Thursday. This year we’ll offer 3 formats:

  • FORMAL setting with topics, speakers, and CM credits offered

  • INFORMAL setting with topics, but no speaker-led discussions

  • DO NOTHING approach. As planners, we know when things are best left alone. Down time, return emails, hang out with friends... whatever you're reason, we'll give you some options for lunch on your own.

Each morning, please be sure to reserve your seat at the table and sign-up at the APA-IL registration desk. Seating is limited; preconference advanced registration is not available. Everyone is responsible for their own lunch tab.

Reconnect with Classmates, Colleagues, & Friends!

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!

The success of #APAIL17 depends on volunteers, employers, and friends contributing their time, creativity, expertise, and resources. Thank you to our committee members for all the hard work they have put into and continue to pour into the conference:

  • 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

  • March Knysz, Manhard Consulting

  • Vijay Gadde, AICP, Village of Homer Glen

  • Charlottte 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

The APA-IL would like to give a special thanks to Marcy Knysz, Manhard Consulting for all her hard work on the 2017 State Conference Programming Committee. Marcy's name was unintentionally left off of the 9/1 conference email that you may have received. Marcy has made a huge contribution to the fantastic programming that you'll be enjoying at #APAIL17. When you see Marcy at the conference, be sure to stop and give her a great big KUDOS!

SPECIAL THANKS to our 2017 sponsors!

We look forward to seeing you in NEXT WEEK!

Questions regarding this year’s conference can be directed to the 2017 Conference Chair, Rory Fancler, AICP.

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