Welcome to the Chicago Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association.  Our Chapter offers something for everyone involved in Public Works.  Browse this website to find information about upcoming events, a new job, or our history.


2017 is going to be The Year of Education!  This is the inaugural year of the Illinois Roads Scholar Program!  This program is designed to train public works technicians in core skills, improve their communities, and elevate the public works profession.  The program is the brainchild of our Education Committee, most notably Bob Mitchard, Jennifer Hughes, and Steve Weinstock. We could not be happier to welcome Steve Ludwig to facility this three-year program will be formatted similar to our Illinois Public Service Institute.  Save the date of May 8-12, 2017 in Effingham at the Thelma Keller Convention Center.    Register here:

The Chapter is also excited to start a second session of Illinois Public Service Institute (IPSI) in 2017.  Public Works managers can now attend in either Spring (May 8-12) or Fall (October 1-6).  The second session was added to expose more students to the one and only Lew Bender on an annual basis. 

I also encourage you to check out our changes to our annual Chapter Expo and Roadeo.  “Chicago Metro Goes Retro” is the theme of the event taking place on May 24-25 at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. 

We have many great events planned for you this year including our Annual Awards (March 17), Golf Outing (June 29), and Holiday Party (December 14).  Be there!

I am honored to serve as the President of the “Best Chapter in the Nation”.   If you want to volunteer for the Chapter or any Branch, please let me know.  Active volunteers are our lifeblood. 

For more information, visit our follow us on Twitter at @APWAChicago and on Facebook at APWA Chicago Metro.  


Sean E. O’Dell, P.E.

2017 Chapter President


Vice President

Baxter & Woodman, Inc. 


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