Student Planning Organization (SPO)

APA-IL: The Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association

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The American Planning Association (APA) is nonprofit education and membership organization that brings together practitioners, planning officials, students and interested citizens onto a common platform for exchange of knowledge. Along with its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, the APA is dedicated at advancing the art, science and profession of good planning – physical, economic and social – to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. For more information about the APA log on to

The APA-IL is the Illinois State Chapter of the APA. Within APA-IL, there are two separate sections: the Chicago Metro Section (covering the nine-county Chicago Metropolitan Region) and the Illinois State Section (covering the remainder of the State). The Chicago Metro Section and the Illinois State Section have an executive committee that sends delegates to the APA-IL Board. The APA-IL Board is led by a Chapter President with 13 voting members and 10 ex-officio members. The SPO Vice President and APA Representative of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign is a voting member of this board.

APA Representative
The APA Representative is also the Vice President of SPO. Besides the other duties mentioned in the bylaws, the representative acts as the link between SPO and APA-IL. The representative's duties include attending the APA-IL board meetings, updating the board about SPO activities, organizing APA-IL sponsored events for SPO, informing the students about upcoming APA related conferences and other opportunities involving interaction with the profession of planning.