Nik Walenda Sarasota Wire Walk

Nik Walenda walked a high wire today without a net over State Highway 41 in Sarasota, Florida. He is fine but I am still nervous.

He walked over 450 feet across a wire suspended 180 feet above ground on Tuesday, wowing several thousand people below in his hometown of Sarasota.

Without a safety net, Wallenda was the lone figure against a blue sky, aided only by a balancing pole.

The morning was windy and Wallenda dipped down to one knee on the wire frightening the crowd.

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Nick Walenda

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Illinois American Planning Association

President's Greeting 
Greetings, members! 2013 is already shaping up to be an exciting year. Many of your communities have projects underway and there are signs of economic growth and new development. The APA-IL Board convened on January 11th for its first meeting of the year. Our leadership this year combines fresh faces with veteran volunteers, all of whom bring great energy to our chapter activities. This year, we are reinvigorating our Pro Bono Committee and Young Planners Group. Our Diversity Committee continues its progress after a strong start in 2012. I have found volunteering with the APA-IL to be rewarding personally and professionally. I encourage you to become involved!

2013 APA National Planning Conference * Chicago, IL * April 13-17, 2013 April will be here before you know it as the National Planning Conference returns to Chicago April 13th-17th. Our Chapter's Local Host Committee has put together a fabulous program including unique events, sessions, and fantastic mobile workshops(see below). I look forward to seeing you there. Because of the 2013 National Planning Conference, we will not have our typical fall chapter conference. Instead our 2 state sections (Chicago Metro Section and Illinois State Section) will each create events this fall to provide educational, CM, and networking opportunities for members. See the CMS & ISS reports in this newsletter for details.

If you have ideas on how to improve our chapter activities, please contact me at We continue to grow and challenge ourselves as a board and we value the input of our members. 
-- Courtney Kashima, AICP, APA-IL President
 2013 National Conference
Local Host Committee Sessions

Registration for the 2013 National Conference has begun. Early-bird rates end February 14, 2013, advanced-registration ends March 14, 2013. Don't miss out on your opportunity to see Chicago from a planner's perspective --

Social Events
The Illinois Chapter's Local Host Committee has put together some exciting events to give attendees the true Chicago experience!

Chicago Blues Party, Apr. 16th, 8-11pm
Cubs Wrigley Rooftops Outing, Apr. 16th, 7:30-11pm
Experience the Real Chicago Opening Reception, Apr 14th
Prohibition Trolley, Apr 15th, 7-11pm
Second City Theater, Apr 13th, 8-10pm

2013 APA National Planning Conference * Chicago, IL * April 13-17, 2013 We would strongly encourage APA-IL members to join us on April 14th at the Chicago History Museum during the Conference’s Opening Reception. Mingle with attendees before the Conference starts for a night of socializing, food, drink, and live music with a Chicago theme. Includes hors d'oeuvres and unlimited drinks for $40 - a great price! Space is limited.

Conference Sessions in and around Chicago
Eight sessions highlighting activities in and around Chicago will be a featured. Planners throughout the region proposed these sessions last year. Each session will be presented by knowledgeable speakers representing municipalities (including the City of Chicago) and a wide variety of local and national organizations, including experts from regional planning bodies and community-focused nonprofit groups. Here's just a taste:

GO TO 2040: Two Years Later
Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago
Complete Streets Implementation

For more information on what our Local Host Committee has planned, check out the Conference website at For more general information on the Conference happenings, visit APA's Conference Blog.

 Welcome New APA-IL Committee Members 
At the January 11th APA-IL Board Meeting, the APA-IL welcomed the following new committee members:

Amy Connolly and Lindy Wordlaw, AICP, Pro-Bono Committee Co-Chairs
Andrew Broderick, Young Planners Group Chair
Max Mahalek, University of Illinois at U-C Student Representative
Curt Winkle, University of Illinois at Chicago Faculty Representative

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Illinois Chapter! Information about these members as well as other APA-IL Committees can be found on the APA-IL website at
 APA-IL Mentoring Event
February 21st @ Jak's Tap
APA-IL's Mentoring Program will be hosting an event on Thursday, February 21st from 6-8pm at Jak's Tap. Stay tuned for details. Questions? Contact Karen Stonehouse, AICP at

Chicago Metro Section
2013 Workshops and 1-Day Conference
The CMS 2013 Program Calendar is now available! The Chicago Metro Section (CMS) has planned 8 exciting sessions for 2013. The CMS is also offering a 2013 Workshop Registration Bundle which provides 4 admissions to planned CMS workshops for the price of 3 and can be applied to all CMS workshops except for the 1-day conference in October. This is a potential 25% savings for a series of workshops! The bundle can also be used to provide up to four people admittance to a single workshop. Visit for more information.

But wait! There's more!

In lieu of a State Chapter Conference in 2013, the CMS (and Illinois State Section separately) will be holding a 1-day conference in October to provide Illinois planners with professional development opportunities. The CMS One-Day Conference will include two tracts: tract 1 will focus on core planning topics presented by speakers utilizing case studies and best practices, while tract 2 will focus on technical skills to strengthen the planners’ toolbox. And fear not…there will be sessions on law and ethics. Similar to the annual state conference, attendees will have plenty of time to network, catch up with colleagues, and interact with conference sponsors. The full-day event will also include a banquet to recognize recipients of the APA-IL 2013 State Chapter Awards. for more CMS conference details! Questions? E-mail Jim Testin, AICP at
  Illinois State Section
2013 Fall Conference
Planning continues for the 2013 APA ISS Fall Conference in Columbia, IL. The Conference will take place at the Falls Reception & Conference Center on Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27. Sessions on ethics and law will be provided. We are also hoping to provide an opportunity for Illinois planners to travel to near-by St. Louis, MO. Questions? E-mail Philip Dick, AICP at
  University of Illinois'
3rd Annual Urban Innovation Symposium
On February 8th UIC’s Urban Planning and Policy Student Association is
holding its 3rd Annual Urban Innovation Symposium. This two-part event will showcase a series of presentations on innovative approaches to building sustainable cities through transportation, social enterprise, community organizing, andPicturemore. The daytime event, held at UIC, will feature a keynote by CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein. In the evening, the symposium will move to Wicker Park for a more informal set of presentations. Both events are open to the public, the daytime event is free and there is a $5 suggested donation for the evening event only. For more information and to RSVP, visit

  APA Chapter FREE Webcasts

2013 1st Quarter webcasts that are open for registration: Webcasts are advertised via FacebookTwitter, and YouTube. Also, the list of Webcasts with CM credits can be found on the APA-Utah site. All presentations are available for viewing, however only those webcasts that specifically state "Available for CM Distance" will qualify for credits. Please note that a several webcasts are TBD with descriptions. As information is processed, links will be updated.
  2013 Midwest Ecological
Landscape Alliance Conference
  Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance Conference * Grayslake, IL *  Feb 28, 2013
How do we position ourselves to adapt and implement best sustainable
 practices with turbulent change in regulations, the economy and the environment spinning around us? The MELA Conference this year called "Navigating Change" will point the way.

Hear what's happening on a national, regional and local level. Using a fresh format you have never experienced before, you'll hear from some of the Midwest's best-credentialed professionals.

Check out the details of the conference at:
  RFP/RFQ Postings
For a information on all RFP/RFQ Postings, please visit:

RFP: Illinois Quad Cities/Rock Island County Emergency Actualization Plan, Rock Island County, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan Development Consultant, City of LaSalle, IL

RFQ: Bike/Pedestrian Trail, City of LaSalle, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan Development Consultant, Village of Hawthorn Woods, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan Development Consultant, City of South Beloit, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan Development Consultant, Village of Rapids City, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan Development Consultant, Village of Bethalto, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan and Downtown Redevelopment Plan, City of Streator, IL

RFQ: Preliminary Design Evaluation Report for a Planned Sanitary and Storm Sewer Separation Project, City of Streator, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan Development Consultant, Village of Matherville, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan and Flood Mitigation Plan Development Consultant, Village of East Carondelet, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan Development Consultant, Village of Winfield, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan Development Consultant, City of Eureka, IL

RFP: GIS Development and Maintenance Plan

RFP: Comp. Plan Development Consultant, City of Keithsburg, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan Development Consultant, Village of Port Byron, IL

RFQ: Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance Update, Village of Niles, IL

RFP: Comp. Plan Development Consultant, Village of Montgomery, IL

RFP: Economic Development Services, City of Des Plaines, IL
 Job Postings

Assistant Redevelopment Planner
Vandewalle & Associates, Madison, WI

Assistant Community Development Director
Village of Romeoville, IL

Teska Associates, Evanston, IL

Planner II
Village of Arlington Heights, IL