[ApaIllinois] Nov/Dec 2013 APA-IL Chapter Highlights

Paula Freeze, APA-IL Editor editor at ilapa.org
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  November 2013 Chapter  Highlights   Edition 118    
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 In this Issue
  Greetings from the  Chapter
  Sponsor APA-IL in 2014
  APA-IL Members Telling the
 Planning Story
  Call for APA-IL Pro Bono
 Committee Projects
  News from the Illinois  State

  News from the Chicago Metro

 News from the UIUC's SPO
  Celebrating Illinois Award
 Winning Communities

  Allied  Organization News

  Upcoming Allied  Events

  RFP/RFQ Postings

  Job Postings

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2014 APA-IL State Conference
Oct 1-3, 2014
Hilton Orrington/Evanston
Evanston, IL

2015 APA-IL State Conference
Sept. 23-25
Bloomington-Normal Marriott
 Normal, Illinois
   Elevating APA-IL in  2014!
Greetings from the Chapter President   

The Chapter started a very busy year by hosting the 2013 APA 
            National Planning Conference in April. It was a successful event, 
            made so by the generosity of our sponsors and 
            volunteers -- thank you! I also want to thank the leadership 
            of the Illinois State Section and Chicago Metro Section for their 
            fabulous fall conference events. Both events offered great 
            programming and were well attended. 

As a Board, we are never content to rest with the status quo! In 
            2013 we  reinvigorated three of our committees (Legislative, Pro Bono, and 
            Public Relations) and our Young Planners Group. Our Plan 
            Commissioner Training has expanded to more than 30 municipalities. 
            The Chapter Board will continue to elevate our work in 2014. For example, we 
            will be introducing a new book club 
            that will offer CM credits. Our 
            regular state conference will resume in Evanston on
            Oct. 1-3, 2014 followed by a return to 
            Sept. 23-25, 2015. Watch for these exciting initiatives in 
            the coming year!

We welcome your thoughts on how we can elevate our work in 2014 and 
            your ideas on what the 
            Chapter should  pursue. Please feel free to 
            contact me at president at ilapa.org.

-- Courtney Kashima, AICP
    APA-IL President

  Start the New Year  Early 
by Sponsoring APA-IL in 2014! 
APA-IL is beginning to solicit 2014 Annual Sponsorships. The Chapter 
            is providing opportunities for sponsors to purchase "sponsorship 
            packages". These packages bundle year-long sponsorship opportunities 
            including this fall's must-attend event, the 2014 APA-IL State 
            Conference in Evanston. 

Why you don't want to miss this opportunity:
Take advantage of DISCOUNTED RATES!
Gain VISIBILITY for your business for the whole year!
Reap more value by appearing in MULTIPLE VENUES & PUBLICATIONS!

Just follow these steps to get started:
Step 1 - Visit www.ilapa.org/sponsorship_packages.html
Step 2 - Select the sponsorship package that suits your needs
Step 3 - Complete the sponsorship form and e-mail to editor at ilapa.org

APA-IL is also offering One-Time Sponsorships for those not 
            interested in one of our packages. See our sponsorship opportunities 
            for details. 
  APA-IL Members Telling the Planning  Story..... 
Join us at events that feature APA-IL members:

APA-IL CMS Workshop: 
Urban Design Workshop: Strategies & Examples (CM | 1.5)

As the development market continues to recover throughout the 
            Chicago Region, the role of planners in creating places that are 
            practical, adaptable and memorable is of paramount importance.  
            This program will provide examples of how urban design is being 
            utilized around the Chicago Region to create outstanding places, 
            focusing on the tools available to planners to replicate these 
            achievements in their own communities.  

Ferhat Zerin, AICP, Ginkgo Planning & Design, Inc.
Rita Tungare, AICP, City of St. Charles
Amy Connolly, Village of Tinley Park, APA-IL Diversity Committee

WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 12-1:30pm
WHERE: CMAP, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago IL 60642 
COST: $15 paid at the door ($5 for students)
RSVP: To RSVP, please email cms at ilapa.org by November 12th
QUESTIONS: cms at ilapa.org

Attend Tuesdays at APA and watch an APA-IL Diversity Committee  member make a splash!

 Abby  Crisostomo, APA-IL Diversity Committee member, is an Associate with  the Metropolitan Planning Council, a regional non-profit planning  and policy organization based in Chicago. Abby's work focuses on  water supply management, stormwater mitigation, community  development and government efficiency. Come out and hear this  dynamic and engaging speaker at an Tuesdays at APA event: Plants, Paddles, and People: Creating Community through Green  Infrastructure and Riverfront Development in Blue Island, Illinois.  Abby will be discussing a number of water-oriented planning  activities in Blue Island, Illinois. The event is on November 19,  2013 at 5:30. It is free, offers 1 CM credit, and is open to APA  members and non-members.

  Call for APA-IL  Pro Bono Committee Projects 
Need assistance with your community planning needs? 

The Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association Pro Bono 
            Committee is now taking inquiries from communities that are in need 
            of technical planning assistance in 2014. Our nationally recognized 
            group provides volunteer, short-term planning assistance and support 
            for communities and non-profit agencies needing assistance with 
            early-stage community planning projects. Our participating members 
            are among the 1,500 professional and certified urban planners in the 
            State of Illinois who believe in providing community service as a 
            part of our profession. 

Project assistance 
            typically extends over a one-day period and may include activities 
            such as: charrettes, visioning workshops, master planning workshops, community 
            input sessions, visioning after disaster recovery, pre-redevelopment 
            brainstorming, and many other types of pre-planning projects. 
            Communities must be able to demonstrate a need, provide appropriate 
            support, and use the committee’s efforts to build local capacity and 
            long lasting solutions. 

For further information visit ilapa.org.  Interested in obtaining services? Send a brief inquiry to Committee  Co-chairs, Amy Connolly aconnolly at tinleypark.org and Lindy Wordlaw,  AICP, at lindy at cntenergy.org.

  News from the Illinois State  Section 
Thanks  to all that attended the APA-IL ISS Fall Conference! The 100+  attendees enjoyed a full two-day program, mobile workshops with  local flavor, and friendly networking opportunities in downstate  Columbia, IL. CM  credits can be logged on the APA website (event #e.25054). Conference presentations have been  uploaded to the ISS web  site. View scenes from Columbia and see what you missed!

Final planning continues upcoming ISS Events. We hope you can join 
            us! 1) Livable Cities/Sustainability 
            Workshop in East Peoria on November 14 – for more information 
            contact Jon Oliphant joliphant at ci.washington.il.us; 2) Greenways  Workshop at Davis Lodge on Lake Bloomington on November 8 – for more  information contact philip.dick at mcleancountyil.gov; and 3) Robert’s  Rules of Order Workshop with Nancy Sylvester in Loves Park on  January 18, 2014 – for more information contact Nathan Bruck nathanbruck at loves-park.il.us.

Save the Date! Upcoming ISS Conferences are: 2014 Spring APA ISS Conference will be in Rockford on April 10-11, 
            2014 and the 2015 Spring APA ISS Conference will be in the Peoria area, 
            date TBD.
The ISS is looking for a Region 4 Coordinator; the region includes 
            Decatur, Springfield and Quincy. Please contact philip.dick at mcleancountyil.gov if you are interested in filling this vacancy.

  News from the Chicago Metro  Section 
Following the success of the APA 2013 National Conference in Chicago 
            back in April, the APA-IL CMS returned to Chicago to host a one-day 
            Fall Conference on October 4th at the DePaul Center. The conference 
            kicked off with opening remarks from Courtney Kashima, AICP, APA-IL 
            President, and a keynote speech from Brian Imus, the newly appointed 
            Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council - Illinois 
            Chapter. Throughout the day, attendees were able to expand their 
            planning toolboxes and knowledge bases with sessions covering 
            planning data, zoning, land use and transportation, housing, law, 
            ethics, urban infill, and economic development. Sessions 
            ended in the late afternoon and the evening continued with the APA-IL 
            Awards Reception,  honoring local recipients of the Annual 
            Chapter Awards. The Awards Reception was followed by an after-hours networking event with 
            award recipients, colleagues, and students at Elephant & Castle. 
            Much appreciation to all of the presenters, session organizers, 
            volunteers, Chaddick Institute staff, and APA-IL and APA-CMS board 
            and committee members!

More scenes from the 2013 CMS Fall Conference

  News from the University of  Illinois - Urbana-Champaign's 
Student Planning Organization 
The  Student Planning Organization (SPO) at the University of Illinois at  Urbana-Champaign has enjoyed a very active Fall 2013 semester.  Offering a wide range of activities every other week, the SPO has  seen a major increase in attendance. This growth is due to a strong  advertising campaign and the decision by the SPO Board to include  Minors of Urban and Regional Planning as automatic members. Social  events have included: City of God screening,  tailgate party,  bike tour, and a walking tour of Champaign’s Country Fair  neighborhood. Professional development and educational events have  included a resume/cover letter writing workshop and student  presentations regarding summer internships/research. The SPO also  participated in UIUC’s Parking Day, where students created a  temporary green space in a large parking lot (picture at right).

This fall, the SPO Board set out on two major projects. First, 
            several Master students and community organizations have 
            collaborated to revitalize a bike sharing program based out of the 
            Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The second major fall 
            project is the creation of Planning Interest Committees and 
            providing networking opportunities within those committees (using 
            Google Drive). It is the SPO's goal for students to gather 
            informally and eventually collaborate to offer work products to the 
            community. There has been much praise amongst students regarding the 
            formation of these committees, and the SPO Board is excited to lead 
            students on this new, team-based initiative in 2014. 

  Celebrating Illinois Award  Winning Communities 
Atlantic Cities Article on South Suburban Retail Study, A 2013 APA-IL Award Winning Plan

David Mekarski, AICP, Village Administrator for Olympia Fields is 
            interviewed by Atlantic Cities on the APA-IL award winning South Suburban 
            Retail Study: Retail Redlining: One of the Most Pervasive Forms of Racism Left in  America? 

Illinois' 2013  Great Places in America:
Evanston's Central Street Neighborhood

Congratulations to the Central  Street Neighborhood in Evanston, Illinois on their 2013  Great Places in American designation!

APA's flagship program celebrates places of exemplary character, 
            quality, and planning. Places are selected annually and represent 
            the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural 
            and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for 
  Allied  Organizations News 
 CMAP has created a new Arts and Culture Toolkit to help municipalities incorporate arts and culture into their 
communities, enhance livability by improving quality of life, and become more attractive places to live, work, and play. It offers a primer on 
different types of arts and culture and their inherent primary needs and secondary impacts, then proceeds to detail steps that can be taken by 
Calling all women (and men) of the Illinois Chapter – please consider joining the APA Planning & Women Division! We’re a dedicated group of  volunteers working to promote women’s planning issues and the  professional growth of women planners. Need another reason?  According to APA’s 2012 Salary Survey, all else being equal, a  full-time female planner in the 50th  percentile earns $9k less than her male counterpart. We need YOU to  make a difference! Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen your career and community  and to network with other talented planning professionals who share  your passions. Please enjoy this complimentary issue of Forward and join us today!

  Upcoming Allied  Organizations' Events 
Forgotten Chicago | Chicago, IL | November 13

Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference |  St. Louis, Missouri  |November 14-15

Successful Designs for Making Cities Healthy for All | Portland, OR  | June 8-12, 2014
INVITATION TO EXHIBIT - Application Deadline: November 20,  2013 

CNU 2013  Transportation Summit | Chicago, IL | November 21-23

  RFP/RFQ Postings 
All RFP/RFQs can be viewed at www.ilapa.org/rfprfq.html
	* Request for Proposals (RFP) Urban Land Use Planning & Consulting  Services, 
Illinois Medical District Commission
	* Request for Qualifications (RFQ) City of Washington Nofsinger  Road/US Route 24 Master Plan, City of Washington, IL
	* Request for Qualifications Champaign Center City Zoning Rewrite City  of Champaign, IL
Want to post your RFP or RFQ on APA-IL's website? E-mail your  RFP/RFQ to editor at ilapa.org.
  Job Postings 
Transportation  Planner, Kankakee Area Transportation Study, Kankakee, IL
Travel Demand Modeler,
Cambridge Systematics, Inc, Chicago, IL
Associate Planner, Houseal Lavigne Associates, Chicago, IL
Assistant Analyst (RA056), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Chicago, IL

Want to post a job on APA-IL's website? Visit ilapa.org and find out more!
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