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APAIL18 Keynote Speaker Revealed!

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA

2018 APA-IL State Conference Keynote Speaker!

From earning her Bachelors of Architecture at U of I, to planning national parks whilst serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, to designing the Chicago Riverwalk, 606 Trail Master Plan, being named a "Gamechanger", and earning the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award (among many other honors)... it is with great excitement that we are able to share Carol Ross Barney, FAIA will be the keynote speaker at APAIL18! READ MORE ABOUT CAROL > >


Early Bird Registration Live

Swoop Today + Save Up To $125*

Register today, select your mobile workshop of choice, and save! This year we are making registration that much more seamless by allowing mobile workshop selection at check-out. No need to circle back and reserve workshops after the fact -- you can do it all in one fell swoop. Don’t delay -- take advantage of the early bird rate and swoop by the conference website today to register and reserve your self-curated ‘APA-IL Springfield Experience’! Mobile workshops are first come, first serve… and sure to go fast.

APA Members: Complete your 3-Day Registration by 7/27 and save $125!* * Compared to on-site registration.


Mobile Workshop Spotlight

Be sure to check out these 2 mobile workshops, nestled among the bluffs of the Sangamon River valley!
Smalltown Strengths | Friday, Sept. 28

Development Strategies from Greater Springfield (CM | 3)

Petersburg is a small town (pop. ~ 2,000) who’s history traces back to Abe Lincoln’s early career as a land surveyor. Today it boasts a boutique hotel, microbrewery, wineries, restaurants, festivals, an outdoor recreation outfitter, and increasing interest in residential development. Grab a downtown tour, lunch, and a presentation about economic development.

Cash Crops | Friday, Sept. 28

The Growth of Agriculture Businesses and Agritourism in Illinois (CM | 3)

After a tour of Rolling Meadows Farm & Brewery's farm, grounds, and production facilities, participants will hear from a series of speakers discussing the recent growth in craft agricultural businesses in central Illinois and increased demand for agritourism destinations – and what role these sectors can play in economic development.


Travel Amtrak to APAIL18 & Earn CM!

Limited space = Need to Purchase Ticket ASAP.

In an APA-IL first, we are offering 3 transportation focused mobile workshops each worth 1 CM credit -- on a train! Board at 1 of 3 stations and enjoy mobile workshops the whole way to Springfield. Please note - this is a 1-way ticket purchased with your mobile workshops. Tickets home must be purchased through



And the Award Goes To...

Submit Nominations by July 20th

We're recognizing outstanding plans and individuals across Illinois through our 2018 APA-IL Awards Program. Nominations are now being accepted until July 20th. Award winners will be honored at the 2018 APA-IL State Conference on September 26, 2018.

Hotel Early Bird Rate

Book Your Stay & Save!

Book your room at the Wyndam Springfield City Centre today and take advantage of the reduced APA-IL room rate of $119 per night. Dial 217-789-1530 x 1 and mention "American Planning Association - IL" to secure the rate.


With a Little Help from Our Friends...

We couldn’t put on an annual conference for hundreds of attendees if it wasn’t for our sponsors! Help support APA-IL by becoming a sponsor today!

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