[ApaIllinois] APA-IL Chapter Update - March 2011

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Fri Mar 11 12:27:29 CST 2011

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Welcome to Our New Chapter Update

A new year begins and it brings a new APA-IL Board and APA-IL newsletter format. The Chapter Board is hoping to keep its members better informed by providing a bi-monthly report of Board activities. Please send any comments or questions to Paula Freeze, Editor at editor at ilapa.org.

March 2011 APA-IL Board Highlights

SAVE THE DATE: 2011 APA-IL State Conference, 
Oct. 5-7, Hilton Orrington/Evanston, Evanston, IL 

Reviewed list of bills entered into the General Assembly relevant to planning and development, including: 

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. 
HB1869 – Website Publication of Notice – Provides that publishing required notices on a municipality’s website can meet the guidelines of proper notice. This is in Committee.
SB37 – Posting Documents on Website – Establishes requirements for posting certain documents (budgets, ordinances, etc.) on-line including historic documentation. This is in Committee. 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Jamie Simone, AICP, Professional Development Officer

FREE APA-IL AICP Exam Study Session, March 18, 9am-4pm @ CMAP Offices. Led by PlanningPrep creators Trevor Dick, AICP, LEED-AP, Devin Lavigne, AICP, LEED-AP, and John Houseal, AICP.

The 2011 APA ISS Spring Conference will be in Quincy on March 24 and 25 with Sandy Trusewych as the conference chair. The conference is hosted by the Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials and will focus on environmental issues including those related to the Mississippi River. Alan Mallach, Director of the National Housing Institute and author of “Bringing Buildings Back,” will be the keynote speaker. For more information on the conference, visit ilapa.org.

2011 Citizen Planner Workshops, held by the Illinois State Section, are proposed for the following locations (coordinators are noted):

1. Rochelle/Rockford area (Region 1); Wayne Dust, AICP and Chris Limas, AICP
2. Peoria/Tri County area (Region 2); Jon Oliphant, AICP and Nick Hayward
3. Champaign/Urbana area (Region 3); Lorrie Pearson, AICP
4. Bloomington/Normal area (Region 3); Phil Dick, AICP
5. Decatur area (Region 4); Stephanie Ashe, AICP
6. *TBD* Carbondale (Region 6)

March 25th CMS Event: Recent Federal Legislation Supporting Local Planning - A panel presentation on what’s going on in Washington D.C. New legislation, such as the Livable Communities Act, offers new opportunities to apply current planning principles with backing from Washington. More importantly, three federal departments, HUD, EPA and US DOT have now chosen to work collaboratively on urban issues including grants to states and local levels. RSVP to: apachicagometrosection at yahoo.com  by March 18th. For information view the flyer or contact Jacques Gourguechon, AICP at jagourguechon at gmail.com or Jon Hallas at jhallas at cmap.illinois.gov. 

January CMS/Mentoring Event - (RE)CONNECT THIS JANUARY!  The CMS organized a networking and mentorship event on Jan. 27th at Jack’s Tap. The focus was bringing together planners from every stage of planning careers. The CMS had record 73 planners participate in this event, 40+ were students/recent graduates. Thanks to Bob Zimmerer, AICP and Michael Mays, AICP of the Mentoring Committee for making this event a success!

Four 2010 Award recipients have been presented with their awards. These communities include Tinley Park (presented by Rob Kowalski, AICP, Montgomery (presented by PR committee members Sara Kopinski and Alison Giangrasse), Villa Park (presented by Karen Stonehouse, AICP), and Carbondale (presented by Rob Kowalski, AICP). 

Next PR Sub-committee meeting end of March
STUDENT SECTIONS – Sara Amaral, UIC and John Whalen, UIUC, Student Representatives

Spring 2011 Events

APA National Conference Fundraising Events, February-April, UIUC

Internship Connection, March 11, UIC

2nd Annual CUPPA Bowl - March 18, UIC

Presentation Skills, March 31, UIC

Master’s Project Showcase, May 5, UIC

Volunteer for Bike the Drive Fundraising Event, May 29, UIC

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

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.

Volunteers are needed for the 2011 APA-IL State Conference in Evanston, IL. Contact Courtney Owen, AICP, 2011 Conference Co-Chair for more details.

2011-2012 APA-IL Board

President, Rob Kowalski, AICP*   
Vice-President, Courtney Owen, AICP*
Secretary, TJ Blakeman, AICP           
Treasurer, Ben Carlisle, AICP

Illinois State Section, Director Phil Dick, AICP*
Chicago Metro Section, President Vijay Gadde, AICP
Immediate Past President, Karen Stonehouse, AICP
Legislative Committee Chair, Sharon Caddigan, AICP
Planning Officials Development Officer, Michael Blue, FAICP*
Professional Development Officer, Jamie Simone, AICP*
Public Relations Chair, Steve Lazarra, AICP
UIC UPPSA Representative, Sara Amaral
UIUC SPO Representative, John Whalen*

*Welcome aboard newly elected/appointed board members

● January 7 Minutes  ●  March 4 Agenda ● May 6  ●  July 8  ●  September 9 ● November 4 ● 
 an archive of previous years' board minutes can be found at ilapa.org

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