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The 2022 State Conference Keynote is....

It’s your friendly APA-IL Postmaster hailing from this year's venue, The Old Post Office, delivering an announcement ...

The APA-IL is proud to announce this year's Keynote Speaker!

Michael Strautmanis

Executive Vice President External Affairs, Obama Foundation

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Through civic engagement and strategic partnerships, Michael Strautmanis has built the Obama Foundation's impact agenda to create an anchor institution that will catalyze economic renewal on the South Side of Chicago and develop the city’s next generation of leaders. He also leads the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, an initiative to create safe, healthy, and nurturing communities for boys and young men of color.

Michael spent over a decade in Washington, D.C., working to increase access to economic opportunity, strengthen the judicial system, and champion equity and inclusion. He served in the Obama White House as Chief of Staff to Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. After serving during President Obama’s first term, Michael joined the Walt Disney Company where he led an enterprise-wide initiative to consolidate, focus, and deepen the impact of Disney’s corporate social responsibility programs.


Here's a speedy reminder: register now!

Volunteer a ½ day and receive complimentary registration for that day!

Volunteering at the conference is a great option for students, interns, retirees, or those in transition that would like to attend but need to watch their budgets. Interested? Email


2022-23 Sponsorship Opportunities

Help us make great communities in Illinois!

Sponsors are an important part of the APA-IL's State Conferences and other Chapter activities throughout the year. Expand your reach and maximize your lead generation efforts by reaching planning professionals this September. There are several packages available at a variety of price points. Help us have a positive impact on the way communities operate and conduct business in Illinois.


#APAIL22 Room Rate @ Holiday Inn

Rooms will go fast! Don't forget to book your room at the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago-Downtown at the APA rate.

  • Reservation Phone Number: 312-957-9100

  • Group Code: AIL

  • Room Rate: $219

  • APA-IL Rate Cutoff Date: 8/27/22

The Holiday Inn is the hotel closest to the Old Post Office (right across the street).


We can't possibly fit all the exciting sessions, speakers, and social events into one email. Be sure to learn more about this year's conference by clicking on the links below.

Please note: information above is subject to change.


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