[ApaIllinois] APA-IL Chapter Update - July 2011

Paula Freeze, APA-IL Editor editor at ilapa.org
Fri Jul 15 08:34:27 CDT 2011

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Evanston: Where Classic Meets Urban Sophistication

Come October, you'll be able to enjoy a walkable, vibrant downtown with easy access to all  Evanston has to offer. With close proximity to Lake Michigan, Chicago, the North Shore and everywhere in between our Conference promises to show the best of Illinois urban planning. Once again, our conference committee has been hard at work to bring you innovative and successful initiatives ranging from the struggles of North Chicago to the "food revolution" in Evanston. From local to federal planning efforts, preservation to redevelopment - this conference has something for everyone. Early registration ends July 29th, don't delay in reserving your spot in this jewel of Chicago's suburbs!

July 2011 APA-IL Board Highlights

Fall AICP Exam Application Deadline has been extended to July 19th! Taking the AICP exam is the first step to become a certified planner. Visit planning.org to submit an online application today!

July APA-IL CMS Event: Making it Happen: Implementing Plans, July 20, 3-5pm, Fitzgerald's, 6615 12th Street, Berwyn, IL, (CM | 2). RSVP today!

UIC's UPPSA hosts Gary, IN Volunteer Day, August 13, 2011. UPPSA welcomes students, their families and friends to join us in Gary, Indiana for a day of community service and relaxation. Gary volunteer day is the kickoff event to UPPSA providing more volunteer opportunities across our Chicagoland area.

August APA-IL CMS Event: Best Practices in Sustainability Planning, August 24, 1:30-4:00pm, Tuthill Corporation Offices, 8500 South Madison Street, Burr Ridge, IL, (CM | 2 pending) RSVP by August 17th.  

2011 APA-IL State Conference, Oct. 5-7, Hilton Orrington/Evanston, Evanston, IL. 10 mobile workshops, over 30 sessions, obtain a year's worth of CM credits and celebrate National Planning Month all in one place! New for 2011: a special 1-day track for planning officials and a two-tiered system of sessions at an introductory and advanced level.

Welcome new board members Robert Zimmerer, AICP and Kim Porter. Kim is APA-IL's new Diversity Committee Chair. Robert has been appointed as our new treasurer. We bid a fond farewell and a BIG thanks to our past treasurer Ben Carlisle, AICP. We wish you the best in your new endeavors Ben!

In case you missed it in the July 5 issue of Interact, all APA members have access to the Journal of the American Planning Association for free this month.

The fall veto session will begin October 25, 2011. 
Two bills we were monitoring, that were still alive at end of the last session, included:

HB1056 – Zoning Decisions – Establishes procedural rules when zoning decisions are under judicial review because of actions taken by affected parties. This is in Committee.
HB1091 – Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation – Allows IDOT and ISTHA to enter into public-private partnerships for the development, financing, and operation of transportation projects through public-private agreements. This is in 2nd Reading.
Two additional bills, which surfaced over the year focused on economic development opportunities for municipalities, including:

SB540 – TIF Administrators – This bill, introduced in the Senate, was heavily amended in the House to make a multitude of significant changes to Illinois' TIF statute, including required certification of TIF Administrators, publication of TIF finances, payments to other units of government and developers, etc. The amendments passed the House, but the Senate Local Government Committee did not vote to concur with the amendments. Consequently, the Senate did not take action on the matter before the Legislative Session adjourned on May 31, 2011. This may, however, come back in some form either in the fall veto session, or next January.
HB1730 – Economic Development – This fairly broad bill allows corporate authorities to appropriate and expend funds for economic development purposes.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Jamie Simone, AICP, Professional Development Officer

The US Green Building Council Illinois Chapter and the John Marshall Law School are now  CM providers! Be on the lookout for new opportunities to earn CM!

Fall AICP Exam Application Deadline has been extended to July 19!

Fall AICP exam testing window: November 7-21, 2011. If you would like to apply for an exam scholarship, please email pdo at ilapa.org for more information. 
Results from the May AICP Exam: for Illinois there were 22 test takers, 17 passed (77% pass rate). National reports 562 test takers, 382 passed (67.9% pass rate). 

The Board of APA-IL would like to congratulate the following individuals on becoming members of the American Institute of Certified Planners:

Kristen Andersen
Clinton Bautz

Rebecca Bird
Jon Paul Diipla

Afshan Hamid
Michael Kowski

Preston Lacy
Jae Min Lee

Charlotte O'Donnell
Rosa Ortiz

Ryan Richter
Derek Rockwell

Carl Schneider
Michael Smetana

David Vanderzee
Kathleen Von Ohlen

Robert Zimmerer

Five citizen planner workshops are tentatively planned for this year. Contact Philip Dick, AICP for more details.
The APA ISS Spring 2012 Conference will be in Decatur late March 2012.
STUDENT SECTIONS – Sara Amaral, UIC and John Whalen, UIUC, Student Representatives

Summer/Fall 2011 Events

UPPSA Town Hall Meeting, July 22, 2011, UIC

UPPSA hosts Gary, IN Volunteer Day, August 13, 2011, UIC 

New Student Orientation and Block Party, August 2011, UIC 

Park(ing) Day, Sept. 9, 2011, UIC

Volunteer Opportunities
Make a difference by giving back to your planning community.

Kim Porter, new Diversity Committee Chair, is looking for committee members and ideas. Contact Kim for more details.

The ISS is currently looking for a Region 4 Coordinator (western-central Illinois, covering Adams, Pike, Brown, Schuyler, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Sangamon, Logan, De Witt, and Macon counties). The ISS appoints a Regional Coordinator from each IL region to help disseminate information to local planners, commissioners and others about the work of the Illinois Chapter and ISS. Contact Phil Dick, AICP, ISS Director for details.


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