Every year the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association presents awards for the best entries in each category listed below. The following are the winning entries that are archived in the Funk ACES Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
City of Chicago: Chicago Neighborhood Plans - GOLD AWARD / Plan Category
Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission: 2040 Regional Framework Plan - GOLD AWARD / Plan Category
City of Urbana Comprehensive Plan - GOLD AWARD / Plan Category
Village of Libertyville: Comprehensive Plan - SILVER AWARD / Plan Category
City of Chicago: Logan Square Open Space Plan - GOLD AWARD / Implementation of a Plan Category
Kane County: Kane County Farmland Protection Program - SILVER AWARD / Implementation of a Plan Category
Village of Algonquin: Algonquin Public Art Program - SILVER AWARD / Special Community Initiative Category
Sam Santell (1954-2006) - Mr. Santell was director of planning for the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC). Mr. Santell was instrumental in completing the 2040 Regional Framework Plan that was honored by APA with a 2006 National Planning Award for Outstanding Plan.