Welcome to the Chicago Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association’s website. 2019 is already a very busy and exciting year for our Chapter. A major highlight this year; is having one of our own becoming APWA National President! Congrats Dave Lawry! Just one more reason that the Chicago Metro Chapter is the “Best Damn Chapter!”

As you peruse the site, you will find all of the events that our Chapter will be hosting in 2019. There are five Branches (City, Fox Valley, Lake, Southwest and Suburban) all located within the Chapter. Each Branch hosts monthly events and education throughout the year. All of this information can be found on our Events Page.

The Illinois Public Service Institute (IPSI) will be coming up in the Spring (May 5-10, 2019) and again in the Fall (October 6-11, 2019). This three-year training program is held at the Thema Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL. Each weeklong session is designed for public service professionals. The event facilitator, Lew Bender does an excellent job of educating and engaging the attendees. Due to the popularity of this program, we recommend registering early.

Also in the Spring, the Chapter offers our Illinois Road Scholars Program (May 13-17, 2019). The program is held at the Thema Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL. The group is lead by the Steve Ludwig. Steve and the Education committee put together classes on flagging certification, signage standards, site safety, tool safety, paving, underground pipe work, GIS mapping, and roadway emergency response. Road Scholars is a three-year training program for the people on the front line.  2019 is our third year running the program and our first year of graduates.

May 23-24 is the annual Chapter Expo and Roadeo at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park.  The whole chapter has come together and has created a great conference with many offerings. Enjoy walking the show floor or attend one of the 32 education sessions. Go outside and watch the snow plow or end loader competitions. New to 2019 is the backhoe competition. The winner of this competition will be sent to represent the Chapter at the APWA National PWX Conference in September.

Some other dates to highlight are the Annual Awards Lunch on Friday, March 15 at the Medinah Banquets in Addison. The Wisconsin Chapter and the Chicago Metro Chapter’s Young Professional Committees have teamed up for a Cubs and Brewers Event on Sunday April 7th. Our Chapter Golf Outing will be Thursday, June 27th at Bartlett Hills Golf Course. We end the year with our Chapter Holiday Lunch on Thursday, December 12th. All of these events can be found on the website.

How do we continue to maintain our status as the “Best Damn Chapter?” One simple answer, volunteers. We have over 50 people who volunteer on just our Chapter Executive, Chapter Committees and Branch Executives. Not to mention all of the committee members that help organize all of the events and education. So when asked how to make the most of your APWA Membership, I recommend getting involved.

So, to get updates about all the great things the Chapter is doing check out the website or subscribe to our newsletter. We also have our Facebook page (APWA Chicago Metro) with over 500 following and growing. You can follow us on Twitter @APWAChicago too. Looking forward to a great year, thank you!


Rachel Lang 

2019 APWA Chicago Metro Chapter President

Corrective Asphalt Materials



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