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2020 APA-IL State Conference keynote speaker, sessions, sponsorship, & registration.

Updated: Oct 2, 2020

The APA-IL is proud to announce their 2020 Keynote Address will be on September 17th and will feature Wesley Hamilton, founder of Disabled but Not Really. You might recognize Wes from the premiere of Netflix’s hit show Queer Eye (Season 4, Episode 2), and has been featured countless times in the media, including CNN, ABC News, BBC, CNN, CTV, and TMZ.

Wesley founded Disabled but Not Really in 2015 to provide fitness and nutrition scholarships to those with a physical disability and instill a physically unlimited mindset. He promotes the essential tools of positivity, self-awareness, empowerment, resilience, and acceptance in the face of any challenge. His stories of courage, strength, and perseverance resonate with participants long after every talk he’s delivered.

Workout with Wes!

Not only is Wesley a powerful, positive speaker - he is also a powerful athlete! Wes has been gracious enough to partner with the APA-IL and Chicagoland gyms to bring a virtual workout to conference attendees the morning of September 17th. So get your garage gyms ready, you won't want to miss this challenging, adaptive boot camp-style workout!

2020 APA-IL Virtual State Conference

September 16-18, 2020


#APAIL2020 Program Highlights

Our 2020 program to include an assortment of unique virtual sessions, workshops, and beloved annual sessions, such as Plan Commissioner Training, AICP Exam Training, 2020 Awards Ceremony... and there's more! Here's a few of the highlights:

  • The Elusive, Penultimate Social Equity: Stable, Racially Integrated Communities - a Panel Discussion that includes The Color of Law author, Richard Rothstein!

  • A Just Transition for Illinois: The State of Coal in Illinois and Planning for What's Next

  • Successfully Reinventing Suburban Corridors: Planning, Design, and Implementation

  • Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities: The Latest Trends & Technologies

  • Placemaking Infrastructure: Mundelein’s Downtown Stormwater Story

  • Marketing Your Best Foot Forward: Understanding and Marketing Village Competitive Advantages

What about Ethics and Law? Yep! Make that a live 1.5 CM ETHICS and LAW.

  • Quorum Forum Podcast's Planning Law Symposium

  • Ethics Cases of the Year, and Ethics Code Update

Will there be virtual Mobile Workshops? Affirmative! We can't have a state conference without them.

  • Pulse and Rapid Transit Oriented Development

  • Zoning and Code Barriers to High-Performance Buildings

  • Des Plaines Trail Hike

  • A Fascinating Place Without a Name – How an Unincorporated Area Has Emerged as One of Chicagoland’s Leading Immigrant Gateways

Will the conference include special events or networking? Oh yeah!

  • You'll be able to explore the Virtual Exhibit Hall to see how companies are innovating and learn new ideas for tackling the challenges you face.

  • Networking? We’ll be hosting several networking hours throughout all 3 days. After giving a virtual round-of-applause to our Award Winners, be sure to stick around for a special edition of the Lockdown Lowdown Virtual Happy Hour!

  • Did someone say Trivia Night? Come get socially quiz-dant with us as we bring the Thursday Night Social live to your living room!

Over 40 CM credits offered -- and, because we’re recording all the sessions and making them available to you until June 2021, you can EARN THEM ALL!

Click here to view an agenda at a glance. Please continue to check the conference website as additional information is constantly being added and updated. 


#APAIL2020 Virtual Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities are a-plenty in a virtual world. We're excited to offer new opportunities to shine the spotlight on your company and connect you with our attendees! Download the prospectus and study your options!

We look forward to adding you to our 2020 Sponsors for #APAIL2020. Please contact Shelly Greenwood at CGi (our event consultants) for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Interested in Healthy Communities?

The Health & Planning registration might be your ticket!

This year, were offering several registration options to meet your needs and interests. This year's virtual conference has something for everyone and we hope you can attend!

Health & Planning Registration - just $50!

Are you an allied professional concerned with accessibility, ADA, health, and the built environment? This curated track of sessions includes topics such as: development surrounding hospitals, housing for people with disabilities, improving transportation accessibility, urban design to reinforce the community wellbeing, and much more. The ticket also includes access to Wesley Hamilton, our nationally-renowned keynote speaker and disability advocate, plus his Thursday morning boot camp workout! 

Other registration options include:

  • Full access - Member $125 / Non-member $175

  • Plan Commissioner Training - $50

  • Health & Planning - $50

  • Student - $25

  • Keynote Only - $10

  • AICP Exam Prep Only - IL Members Free / Non-IL members $25


You might ask yourself:

What kind of time commitment does the virtual conference require? We will be making live and recorded sessions available each day of the conference. Live sessions will be recorded for later viewing (and CM earning). Essentially, YOU get to decide how long and when you’ll be sitting at the computer.

Do I need to be at the computer all day for 3 days? That’s up to you! Attend when you can for as long as you want. Live sessions and Q&A will allow you to interact with speakers and fellow attendees during sessions. Chat with speakers, sponsors, and fellow attendees anytime over the 3 days.

Can I only earn CM in September? You can watch recorded sessions and earn CM until July 2021!



If you have a question about the 2020 APA-IL Virtual State Conference, please reach out us!

  • 2020 Conference Chair: Charlotte Obodzinski, AICP

  • APA-IL Professional Development Officer: Trevor Dick, AICP

  • APA-IL Executive Director: Paula Freeze

  • 2020 Sponsorship: Shelly Greenwood, CGi

If you have registration questions please reach out to our event planners, CGi, at


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