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2023 APA-ISS Spring Conference Registration is Open!

Updated: Apr 5, 2023

The 2023 Illinois State Section Conference will connect planners throughout Illinois to continuing education, networking opportunities, mobile workshops and more! This annual event promises to be a great value for the money.

Registration includes:

  • April 13-14, 2023 - Virtual Conference Sessions via Thinkific/Zoom

  • April 13, 2023 - Regional, in-person happy hours

  • April 28, 2023 - Champaign, IL Mobile Workshop

  • May 5, 2023 - Normal, IL Mobile Workshop

Earn 7.5 CM credits including law and sustainability!

$75 member rate

$80 non-member rate

$15 student rate

(We collected payments through PayPal. A PayPal account is not necessary for online transactions.)

Virtual conference registration is through Thinkific. Session recordings and CM credits will be available to attendees post-conference.


Virtual Sessions (4/13-4/14)

7.5 CM offered including equity, law and sustainability CM!

April 13, 2023

Intersection between placemaking and branding

Wait wait…DO tell me! (aka Planners' Help Desk)

Belonging-centered communities: What they are and why they matter for planning

How to Plan to Compete for Grant Funding

Realizing Missing Middle Housing in Central Illinois and Beyond

ULI SW Session - Region 5 in-person only.

April 14, 2023

Planning for an Urban Forest

Top 10 Things About Building Codes That Every Planner Should Know

U of I Symposium Session - Disaster Planning with Ariam Torres-Cordero, Ph.D. and Alisa Ortiz-Colón

What Does the Sign Say? Sign Regulation and the First Amendment at the Supreme Court and Your Local Corner


In-Person Regional Happy Hours (4/13)

  • Region 1 - 6:00 pm - Carlyle Brewing Company, Rockford, Contact Ashley Sarver

  • Region 2 - 6:00 pm - Jack's on Adams, Peoria, Contact Ray Lees

  • Region 3 - 5:30 pm - Triptych, Savoy, Contact Marcus Ricci

  • Region 4 - contact if you'd like to host a happy hour in this region

  • Region 5 - 5:30 pm - Old Herald Brewery and Distillery, Collinsville, Contact Scott Hanson

  • Region 6 - contact the ISS if you'd like to host a happy hour

Please email the contacts to RSVP. Click here for map of regions. Conference registration is not necessary. Food and beverages are at your own expense.


In-Person Mobile Workshops

After sitting in 7.5 CM credits worth of virtual sessions it will be time to get all planners on the move!

Champaign for Three! Green Street Tour, UIUC Colloquium Lecture, and Let's Bake a Master Plan Workshop

April 28, 2023 (RSVP HERE) -- free

Come to Champaign on April 28th and experience Planning Madness! Put on your Air Jordan's and join the "sweet" City of Champaign Staff, "elite" University of Illinois students & "championship" faculty, and APA-IL's very own "MVP - most valuable planner" Ferhat Zerin, FAICP for a trifecta of planning events. APA-ISS with the assist, baby!

Let's Play Along the Greenway! Expanding Habitat and Play Spaces along the Constitution Trail in Normal, IL


The Constitution Trail is a great amenity and transportation facility for The Town of Normal and City of Bloomington. Join us on a bike tour of the trail to visit some of the most exciting trailside developments from the past 5 years!


  • Mobile workshop registration is separate from virtual conference registration. Click on the links above to register for mobile workshops. Please RSVP to let us know you're coming.

  • Some mobile workshops may include items not covered by conference registration (example: lunch in Normal).

  • If you do not purchase a 2023 Spring Conference registration but are interested in attending a mobile workshop, we welcome you to attend!


Registration FAQ

I don't have a PayPal account. Can I still pay with a credit card?

If I have a coupon/promo code, where do I enter it in Thinkific?

Can register multiple people?


Not a Member? Grab a Membership Before You Register and Save!

If you are not an APA or APA-IL member, it isn’t too late to become one and save $$! The APA-IL Chapter Only membership is just $50/year. Not only can you save on the APA-ISS Conference now, but save on all APA-IL events in 2023 including the 2023 State Conference. Sign up today!


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