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2022 Call for Sessions & Mobile Workshops #APAIL22

Updated: Apr 25, 2022

Similar to past years, the 2022 APA-IL State Conference will offer sessions in several different formats. This will allow for greater variety and the opportunity for attendees to learn in different ways. We are hoping to have a slate of fantastic sessions and mobile workshops lined up. That’s where you come in!

  • Is your community working on a Unified Development Ordinance?

  • Have you found ways to improve your Commissions and Boards?

  • Are you working on a corridor or subarea plan?

  • Have you found innovative ways to address missing middle housing or unique economic development challenges?

  • How about public engagement? GIS? Transportation?

  • Heck, maybe you know about a unique historical preservation project that is a MUST see for planners in the Chicagoland area.

Share your experience by proposing a conference session! We can all watch Ted Talks and listen to podcasts, but the best source for learning we have is each other.

Potential Session Formats:

  • ​Debates

  • (NEW) Small Groups

  • Facilitated Discussions

  • Fast, Funny, Passionate

  • Required CM Sessions (Equity, Ethics, Law, Sustainability)

  • Mobile Workshops

  • Speed Planning

  • Technical Demonstrations

  • Topical Panel Presentations

  • Other - Give Us Your Ideas!

Conference Details at a Glance

September 28-30, 2022

The Old Post Office

Are you interested in submitting a session? Here are a couple things to know for 2022:

  1. APA-IL is working with an event consultant, CGi, to run the Call for Sessions.

  2. This year's submission form is different from previous years.

  3. You will need to create a new user name and password for their portal.

  4. IMPORTANT: Download the portal instructions (FOUND HERE) to help guide you through the process.

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm

deadline extended as of 4/14/22

Stressed about getting your idea off the ground and submitted by 4/22/22? Send the 2022 Conference Chair, Andy Cross, AICP, an email at and let's talk.


2022 APA-IL State Conference Committee

Hats off to our robust 2022 Conference Committee! Thank you for volunteering!

  • Conference Chair: Andy Cross, AICP

  • APA-IL Conference Liaison: Stephanie Brown, AICP

  • Executive Director: Paula Freeze

  • Awards: Sara Egan, AICP

  • Marketing, Valerie Berstene, AICP

  • Speed Planning, Jaemi Jackson, AICP

  • Sponsorship: Carrie Davis, AICP and Brandon Nolin, AICP

  • Programming: Niki Nutter, AICP (Chair), Tom Farace, AICP, and Vitaliy Vladimirov

  • Mobile Workshop Committee Co-Chairs: Jane Wilberding, AICP and Christina Bader, AICP

  • Volunteers: Cole Neder

  • Keynote: Charlotte O'Donnell Obodzinski, AICP

  • Thursday Night Event: Phillip Green and Glen Cole, AICP

  • Lunches Amanda & Matt Orenchuk

  • Local Contact: Jake Seid AICP

  • Career Session Coordinators: Reema Abi-Akar, Jennifer Ganser, AICP, and Phillip Green




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