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                                                    Online registration is open for the              2007 National Planning Conference in Philadelphia. Click                          here to find out more about the conference and to register.
                          Comment on Metra's              STAR Line Plan                          
                                                             Metra is seeking comments on its STAR Plan Alternatives          Analysis. Please visit the                  STAR Line website to read about the Plan and then leave your                  feedback.
                                       EDRA/Places Awards                          
                                                                 The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), together with              Places Magazine, is hosting its annual awards program to recognize              projects in design, research and planning.  Winning entries are              published in Places, with an extended commentary, jury comments, and              essays by jurors reflecting on the issues raised by the competition.              Awards are presented at EDRA'a annual conference, which will be in              Sacramento May 30th - June 3rd, 2007. The submission date is              January 30, 2007. Click             here              for more information.
                          2007 Planning Award              Winners Named                          
                                                             APA announced the recipients of the 2007 National          Planning Excellence, Achievement, and Leadership Awards. Read more                  here about the 13 winners.
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                      Happy New Year!...
           This month's newsletter features one of the 2006 ILAPA Chapter Award            winners: Kane County Farmland Preservation Program. Another article            provides information on the new APA Latinos and Planning Division.
           One day left to submit comment on the AICP Certification Maintenance            Proposal.                      Mark Koplin's President's Greeting highlights the proposal but you            can get all the details & leave comments at                      APA's website.
           There is plenty of news from around the U.S. and state with highlighted            articles on this page. Don't forget to scroll all the way down to check out  the calendar and job postings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                              Kane County Farmland Preservation
           by Janice Hill
           2006 ILAPA Chapter Silver Award for Implementation of a Plan Category. A model program that is preserving the agricultural land           of Kane County, and balancing community growth and resource            protection.                                                                                                      
                                                                                   New APA Division: Latinos and Planning
           by Leonardo Vazquez, AICP,PP 
           The American Planning Association is now home to the Latinos and            Planning Division; The only national entity focusing on urban planning            issues in Latino communities and career challenges facing Hispanic            planners.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    President's Greeting
     Mark Koplin, AICP, ILAPA Past President
                      Chicago Metro Section Report
     Allison Laff, AICP, CMS Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       City of Chicago Receives 2006 National Award for Smart Growth
           The City of Chicago was recognized for funding the            development of Bethel Center, which provides employment services,            child care, retail space, and banking in a “green” building erected on            a former Brownfield site.
           UofI News Bureau, November 9, 2006
                      Stunning new prescription for America's Great Lakes            Megaregion
           A recent Brookings Institute report names the Midwest as  an aging Rust Belt. Part of the strategy to reverse this trend is            outlined in the article.
           The Washington Post, November 5, 2006
                                 Potential Highway Routes to be Studied for Illinois-Indiana Link
           Illinois and Indiana have signed an agreement to study potential            routes for the long-discussed Illiana Expy.
           Chicago Tribune, December 14, 2006
                                 America's Worst Commutes
           Chicago rates 7th in the nation with an annual average delay of 58            hours per commuter.
           Forbes, December 19, 2006
                                 Many cities changing one-way streets back 
           (Danville, IL) In order to revitalize downtown, one-way streets are            being changed to two-way streets. People slow down and are more likely            to stop.
           USA Today, 12/20/2006
                      Rural battle: Who should control water?
           A fight rages in the northwest burbs over the establishment of the           Kishwaukee Valley Water Authority.
           Chicago Tribune, December 21, 2006
           UPDATE:            KVWA debate begins to            flow
                                 Natural Connections, Green Infrastructure in Wisconsin, Illinois and            Indiana
           This website, a joint project by Openlands Project and the Center for            Neighborhood Technology, allows users to interactively map the           interconnected network of open spaces and natural areas that provides            wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.
                                            Cell Phone Towers In Disguise 
           A news report detailing how some cities have hidden their cell towers. 
           (CBS News)/YouTube.com
                                            Bruce Katz: The 2% Solution – Drawing A Critical Mass of Residents            Downtown Is Key to Urban Revival
           “To compete in today's innovative, knowledge-based economy, Upstate            metros need to rebuild their city centers, creating a critical mass of            highly educated residents and workers, enterprise, urban amenities and            vibrant public space.”
                                 European Cities Do Away with Traffic Signs
           Are streets without traffic signs conceivable? Seven cities and            regions in Europe are giving it a try -- with good results.
           Spiegel Magazine, November 16, 2006
                                 Is any corner safe from a drugstore?
           Where you find one drugstore, you're likely to find another, and            another...Will they face the same fate as movie theaters or will they            act more like gas stations in the long run?
           The Buffalo News, January 2, 2007
                                 Commuter Rail's False Promise
           The assumption that transit oriented development is good for us may be            wrong.
           The Boston Globe, December 31, 2006
                                 American By the Numbers
           A multimedia map on race, income, etc.  The bottom of the page provides links to the entire article            & other maps.                         
Time Magazine, October 22, 2006
            The American            Community Survey: Trading Precision For Timeliness? 
           The first data from the new annual American Community            Survey was published to complement the decennial Census. Planners            should recognize that while the data is more up-to-date, the margin of            error is much wider.
           Planetizen, December 18, 2006
                                 Planetizen’s Top 10 Planning Books of the Year
           Planetizen has released its  list of top books related to            the planning field.  This year’s titles include            Green Cities: Urban Growth And the            Environment by Matthew Kahn, and            Planet of Slums by Mike            Davis.                                     
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                                       January 9, 2007
                                       The World’s Most Ecological Communities: Shanghai’s Commitment for              New Urban Settlements             
             January 9, 2007
                                       Comments on AICP Certification Maintenance Proposal Due
                          January 10, 2007
                          Fourth Annual DuPage Environmental Summit
                          January 12, 2007
             Deadline for submitting                          AICP Journalism Award
             January 16, 2006
             Tuesdays at APA.                          LISC Chicago’s New Communities Program
                         January 16, 2007
             Deadline for submitting                           AICP Outstanding Student Award.
             January 17, 2006
                                       Chicago Green Drinks, "Cultivating              Green Chicago: Local sustainability organizations, who they are,              what they do, and how you can get involved".
                          January 17, 2007
                          APA 2006-2007 Audio/Web Conference Training Series —              Introduction to the Planning Commission: Part Two
             January 22, 2007
                                       Deadline to Submit Nominations for CNU’s Charter Awards             
             January 25, 2007
                                       Real Estate From Beginning to End in Illinois 
             January 26, 2007
                          Green Building: The Nuts and Bolts for Contractors
             January 30, 2007 
             UIC CUPPA Alumni Association, The American Planning Association's              Chicago Metro Section, University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul              University are pleased to host: "Views on Urban Sprawl". To be              followed by: A Planner's Networking Session. Event runs from              5:30-8:30 p.m. This reception is also an opportunity for members              participating in the APA - Illinois Chapter Mentoring program to              meet with students. For more details click             here
             January 31, 2007              
             Chaddick Institute Technical Workshop: "The "New" Housing Consumer:              Dealing with the Effects of Demographic Change in Municipal Planning              and Development."               http://condor.depaul.edu/~chaddick/Workshops.htm             
             February 6, 2007
             Deadline to apply for the May AICP Exam. Click                          here for more information.
             February 6, 2007
                          Innovation + Integration A Summit on              the Economic Impact of Linking Jobs, Housing and Transportation              Planning. 
             February 9, 2007
                          2007 Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence Submissions Due
                          February 14, 2007
                          APA 2006-2007 Audio/Web Conference Training Series              — Complete Streets

                          March 1-2, 2007
             2007 Planning Institute              "Imagining Communities: Plan, Design, Implement".               To be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,              Department of Urban and Regional Planning. For more information,              contact Pattsi Petrie at              pattsi at uiuc.edu.

                          May 7-21, 2007
             May AICP Exam testing. For more              information go to the ILAPA AICP Certification website              here                                                                  
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                           Director of              Community Development - Village of Montgomery, IL
                           Assistant              Community Development Director - City of Elgin, IL
                           Planning & Zoning              Official - Winnebago County, IL
                           Development Services              Director - City of Mercer Island, WA
                           TED              Transportation Planner - City of Naperville, IL
                           Community Planner                          - City of Beloit, WI
                           Long-Range              Transportation Planner - Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning              Commission
                           Village Planner/GIS              Coordinator - Village of Bourbonnais, IL
                           GRANTS              COORDINATOR II - City of Urbana, IL
                      Ten Noteworthy Trends of 2006
>From the                       Metropolitan Policy Program
                                                6% of the population of large U.S. metropolitan areas lives            in exurbs.
           From 2000-2005 more than 1/3 of the nation's  manufacturing jobs lost occurred in            7 Great Lakes states: Illinois,            Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
 America's older, inner-ring first suburbs make up 20% of            the nation's population and are more diverse and older than the nation            as a whole.
 The average U.S. household spends 19% of its budget on            transportation, rendering household location a key component of            housing affordability.
 Nationwide, more than 4.2M lower income homeowners pay a            higher than average APR for their mortgage.
           Over the past 20 years, the leading refugee destinations have shifted            away from traditional immigrant gateways, like New York & Los Angeles, to newer gateways: Atlanta, Seattle,            and Portland.
 The fastest growing metropolitan areas for minority populations            from 2000-2004 now closely parallel the fastest growing areas in            the nation.
 Middle-income neighborhoods as a proportion of all metropolitan            neighborhoods declined from 58% in 1970 to 41% in 2000,            disappearing faster than the share of middle class households in these            metro areas.
 Of the $109B in federal appropriations dedicated to Gulf            Coast funding In the first year, only $35            billion, went to the long-term recovery of the            area.                                     
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