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The APA-IL's 2020 Virtual State Conference is less than a week away!

The APA-IL's 2020 Virtual State Conference is less than a week away!

We hope you had a restful Labor Day weekend because the 2020 APA-IL VIRTUAL State Conference is launching next week and there is a lot planned. If you’ve been watching, waiting, contemplating, procrastinating… now is the time to hit that enter key and purchase your ticket. Remember - your ticket will give you access to 40+ CM credits and they are available to you until June 2021!

Limited volunteer opportunities are available for those that have financial hardship! Please email if you are interested in volunteering.

2020 APA-IL Virtual State Conference

September 16-18, 2020

#APAIL2020 Virtual Sponsorship

Thank you to these new 2020-2021 sponsors that recently signed on. Thank you for your support!

We also want to extend a big THANK YOU to all sponsors. Take a moment and click here for the full sponsor directory. While you're at the conference, be sure to swing by exhibit hall and say hello!

We're excited to offer new opportunities to shine the spotlight on your company and connect you with our attendees! Download the prospectus and we look forward to adding you to our sponsor directory. Please contact Shelly Greenwood at CGi (our event consultants) for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Join the Pulse and Rapid Transit Oriented Development Mobile Workshop on September 18th! There will be live Q&A!


Friday Session Highlights:

Friday sessions will not disappoint! Check out this exciting lineup!

  • The Elusive, Penultimate Social Equity: Stable, Racially Integrated Communities with Richard Rothstein author of The Color of Law!

  • Pulse and Rapid Transit Oriented Development Mobile Workshop (live Q&A)

  • Live Ethics Cases of the Year, and Ethics Code Update with Jim Peters, FAICP and Lee Brown, FAICP (ETHICS CM)

  • Zoning to Balance Gentrification, Preservation, and Investment (live Q&A)

  • Foundations in Building Successful Black Communities through housing, economic/business development, and community engagement 

  • Property Tax Reform and Equity in Cook County

  • Speed Planning #3

  • A Fascinating Place Without a Name: How an unincorporated area has emerged as one of Chicagoland’s leading immigrant gateways. 

  • Live! Planning and Legislative Advocacy

  • Stymying Speculation: How the Cook County Land Bank Entered the Tax Certificate Realm In the Spirit Of Preserving Community Assets 

... plus AICP Exam Prep with the creators of PlanningPrep. For those not attending the conference, you can register for the Exam Prep Only. It's free for Illinois members and just $25 for non-Illinois members.Over 40 CM credits offered -- and, because we’re recording all the sessions and making them available to you until June 2021, you can EARN THEM ALL!


... and there's more!

The APA-IL will be virtually honoring it's award winners on Wednesday, September 16th during an online Awards Program via the APA-IL YouTube Channel. You do not need to be a registered conference attendee to watch. Conference attendees do get hear more about the plans during Speed Planning #2 on Thurs., Sept. 17th.After the September 16th awards program, conference attendees will be able to join a special editing of the APA-IL

Lockdown Lowdown Happy Hour. Join the APA-IL Membership Committee and other conference attendees to blow off some steam and say hi to colleagues. 

If you haven't heard, our keynote Wesley Hamilton has been gracious enough to partner with the APA-IL and Chicagoland gyms to bring a virtual, adaptive workout to conference attendees 7:00 AM on September 17th. You won't want to miss this boot camp-style workout!!

Gather up all your random knowledge as we get socially quiz-dant on Thursday, September 17th. When your conference is virtual, EVERY hour can be a happy hour, so grab a tipple, and get ready for trivia! Details for the evening will be emailed to those that opt in for the Trivia Night when they register. This event is included in your conference registration.

There will be sponsors! Stop by and chat with our exhibitors or join us for a networking hour each day. 

We have so much speed planning we couldn't fit it all in 1 session... so we made 3! Be sure and join us each day for professional development in quick bites.


You might ask yourself:

  • My plan commissioners work during the day and won't be able to attend the live commissioner training. Will the training be recorded?

    • Yes! The 2 plan commissioner training sessions will be recorded and viewable until June 2021. All other sessions included with plan commissioner registration will also be recorded & available!

  • I have registered for the conference, when will I receive my login?

    • This year we are using a platform called PheedLoop to host the conference. Login information will be sent out 

  • Will I be able to register the day of the conference?

    • Yes. Registration will be open each day of the conference.


Conference Contacts

If you have a question about the 2020 APA-IL Virtual State Conference, please reach out us!

  • 2020 Conference Chair: Charlotte Obodzinski, AICP

  • APA-IL Professional Development Officer: Trevor Dick, AICP

  • APA-IL Executive Director: Paula Freeze

  • 2020 Sponsorship: Shelly Greenwood, CGi

If you have registration questions please reach out to our event planners, CGi, at

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