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** CANCELLED ** 2020 Planners Legislative Action Day

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

In light of rapidly evolving events surrounding the coronavirus public health emergency and in consideration of the safety of our attendees, we are cancelling #PLAD20. The General Assembly has suspended the current legislative session until March 24th. Once the General Assembly is back in session, the Legislative Committee will continue to monitor legislation affected local zoning and planning powers and issuing Legislative E-Blast Alerts.

How Can I Help?

We encourage you to keep track of and alert us to planning and zoning related legislation. Once the Legislative Committee hears about pending legislation, they can analyze and rally support or opposition as appropriate. It's simple:Using a keyword like “zoning”, search the Illinois General Assembly’s legislative tracking system or another platform like Legiscan. Email David Silverman, AICP, Legislative Committee Chair the Bill Number (example: HB1234), Short Description, and link to the bill's webpage. Thank you for your support!

If you have any questions about the APA-IL Planners Legislative Action Day or the APA-IL Legislative Committee, please contact Chair, David Silverman, AICP at


All Illinois planners are welcome to join the Legislative Committee for a day of legislative advocacy and learning, including a reception at the day's end -- a great chance to rub elbows with colleagues and those in Springfield! New this year, earn 6.5 CM Credits, 1.5 LAW Credits.

March 24, 2020

Wyndham Springfield City Centre

700 E Adams St, 29th Floor, Springfield, IL


The APA-IL Legislative Committee is organizing a full-day of activities. Our overall agenda:

Morning Session

9:00 am - 11:15 am - Wyndham City Centre, 700 E Adams St., 29th Floor, Springfield

Breakfast / Importance of Legislative Advocacy Discussion / Capitol Orientation / Legislative Priorities.

  • We are excited to welcome State Senator Laura Murphy, 28th District, Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee to our breakfast that morning. She will address attendees.

  • Our 2020 legislative priorities will include mandatory plan commissioner training, state comprehensive plan requirements, and other planning & zoning issues that appear as legislation is formed.

Photo Opportunity

11:15 am - 11:30 am - State Capitol, 410 S. Second St., Springfield

Walk to State Capitol and take a group picture.

Afternoon Session

11:30 am - 3:45 pm - State Capitol, 410 S. Second St., Springfield

Planners Legislative Action Day at Capitol / Observe Senate and House Floor / Sessions / Attend Committee Meetings / Meet with Legislators


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Arlington's, 210 Broadway, Springfield

End of the Day Reception at Arlington's. Planners and officials are welcome.

Before registering for PLAD...

Please take a moment to look-up the name and district number for your legislators (in the Senate and House). We will ask for this information on the registration form. To search for your legislators, please visit the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Contact Legislative Committee Chair, David Silverman, AICP with inquiries.


What is a PLAD event?

people sitting at conference room table

This is a terrific FREE opportunity to participate in our democracy at a meaningful level, by making our voices heard in Springfield, and establishing relationships with our legislators, while networking with fellow Illinois planning professionals.

APA-IL’s PLAD events are designed for both first-time and previous participants. Students are welcome to attend.

(photo: #PLAD18 attendees meet with Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie and IML Official in Speaker Madigan's Office.)


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