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Urban and Regional Planning Expert at WIU and Macomb Sept. 27

September 22, 2006

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MACOMB, IL - - Lewis Hopkins, professor of urban and regional planning and landscape architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be in Macomb Wednesday, Sept. 27 to share his expertise with Western Illinois University students and faculty as well as with members of the greater Macomb community.

Hopkins’ visit, sponsored by Western’s College of Arts and Sciences, will include two formal presentations open free to the public.

At 3 p.m. Hopkins will present “Information System of Plans (ISoP): Organizing the Information in Plans to Enhance Decision Making” in Morgan Hall 109 on Western’s campus. ISoP organizes the content of many plans into a spatial database, including not only attributes of a geographic information system but also other data including agendas, policies, designs, visions and strategies. The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

A social hour will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Morgan Hall 122 for faculty, staff and graduate students to informally meet with Hopkins and for further discussion.

At 6:30 p.m. Hopkins will present “Making Plans That are Useful, Useable and Used” at the McDonough County Courthouse main courtroom. The 30-minute presentation will include ways to think about plans and to express planning ideas in the best manner for all involved. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Hopkins (, who also serves as the associate dean of the UIUC College of Fine and Applied Arts, has published more than 45 articles and book chapters as well as the book “Urban Development: The Logic of Making Plans” (Island Press, 2001). He received his education from the University of Pennsylvania, earning his Ph.D. in 1975.

For more information about Hopkins’ visit, contact Chuck Ehlschlaeger, WIU associate geography professor and director of the McDonough County GIS Center, at

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