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35+ attendees at the Blackhawk Hills Regional Council and Ogle County Plan Commissioner Training!

Updated: Apr 17, 2022

APA-IL led a citizen planner training session on March 24, 2022 for the Blackhawk Hills Regional Council and Ogle County. The nearly 40 attendees were members of the Ogle County Board and ZBA, appointed and elected officials from nearby communities, and several members of their staffs. The session highlights came from the very thoughtful questions by the participants, which ranged from hypotheticals about potential ZBA votes to very practical considerations of tree preservation. Another highlight was meeting in the County Board Room of the historic Ogle County Courthouse, as cool a room as any that has hosted one of these workshops.

Session leaders were Attorney Dan Bolin, Ancel Glink, who added his experience as a municipal attorney and legal expertise to the discussion, and Michael Blue, FAICP, Teska Associates and the APA-IL Planning Officials Development Officer.

Thank you to Blackhawk Hills Regional Council and Ogle County, especially Daniel Payette and Mark Miller who helped to organize the session.


Save-the-date for the 2022 APA-IL State Conference!

We're excited to be back in Chicago, IL at the Old Post Office, September 28-30, 2022 for our 2022 State Conference. This conference is our once-a-year opportunity for urban planners and allied professionals to learn about the latest trends in Illinois planning and network with their peers.

Each year we host our state conference, we offer the opportunity for plan commissioners to attend an all-day training. This year's all-day Plan Commissioner Training will be held on September 29th. This training is great for commissioners that have and have not been through our evening training. The training is split into a morning of general information, a networking lunch with fellow commissioners and trainers, an afternoon mock hearing to put your knowledge to the test, followed by an evening cocktail hour. Registration will be opening soon.

Want to know how we can customize training for your officials?

Visit the Plan Commissioner Training website and contact the APA-IL Planning Officials Development Officer, Michael Blue, FAICP at

Photo credit: Michael Blue, FAICP and Dan Bolin


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