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Keven Graham 2015 ALSA Fellow


 ·   June 24 2015 -  The American Society of Landscape Architects  (ASLA)has elevated Keven Graham to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2015.  Felowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. Keven received his nomination for Services, from the Illinois Chapter.  His efforts on the local, regional and national level have had a positive effect on the landscape architecture profession for 20 years.  Congratulations Keven!  This is quite an honor and well deserved !







·   June 4 2015 - Some of the clients we are currently working with:

 ·   North Berwyn Park District

 ·   Oak Brook Park District

 ·   Downers Grove Park District

 ·   Town of Cicero

 ·   Bensenville Park District

 ·   Park District of Oak Park

 ·   Northbrook Park District

 ·   Westmont Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center

 ·   ComEd

 ·   Sunstar America

 ·   Palos Hills Healthcare

Thank you for granting PRI an opportunity to be a part of your exciting projects!


Keven and Scott presenting on Environmental Concerns at the 2015 SAME Conference


Scott speaking on environmental concerns at the 2015 SAME Conference


 ·     April 21 2015 - Keven and Scott presenting at the 2015 Energy Forum and Small Business Days SAME Conference  on Ecological Restoration and Management of Government Properties. Thanks for coming out to see us!


SAME Small Business Industry Logo

 ·    April 9, 2015 - Come and see us present at the 2015 Energy Forum and Small Business Industry Days on April 15, 2015 at 10:00 at the Rosemont Convention Center. Keven Graham, ASLA, RLA, CLARB and Scott Kuykendall, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Ecologist will be speaking on Ecological Restoration and Enhancement on Government Properties. 


Wood Dale Park District

 ·    April 1, 2015 - After months of citizen and park district staff engagement including the facilitation of a community-wide attitudes and interest survey, community meetings to enlist thoughts, ideas and opinions, conducting thorough research and analysis of facilities, operations and programs the Wood Dale  Park District Master Plan is complete.  PRI hopes that this tool will be useful and helpful in assisting the district in making pragmatic decisions moving forward.


Matthew Ellmann, Executive Director of the Wood Dale Park District said, "Your team at PRI did a fabulous job and delivered and exceeded our expectations here at the Wood Dale Park District. Thank you and the entire PRI team for remaining flexible throughout the process and for adapting to the challenges associated with any project of this magnitude and importance."

 ·     March 27, 2015 - Good News!  The OSLAD funds have been saved. For more information please click here

·       February 4, 2015 - Did you know that wetlands are also referred to as the kidneys of a watershed?   This is true because they filter out toxins which improve water quality for surrounding rivers, streams, and other wetlands.  They also perform other important functions like being a solution for greenhouse gases, providing habitat for wetland dependent species, flood water storage and more.          


·         February 4, 2015 - Thank you for coming to see us at the IAPD/IPRA Show.  It was a great event and great to see all!

-PRI IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference Booth

·        January 14, 2015 - Planning Resources will be attending the IAPD/IPRA Show on January 22-24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.


Keven and Steve, together with the Park District of Franklin Park  and the Morton Arboretum, will be discussing Permeable Pavement at 9:30 on Friday in the Acapulco Room.


Scott, one of our senior ecologists, will be presenting with the Conservation Foundation and the Wetlands Initiative firm on a session called "WTF" - Wetlands, Technical Green Infrastructure and Fundamental BMP's.  They, too, are presenting at 9:30, Friday, in the Acapulco Room. 


We hope that you will join us at our booth (#325) or at one of the sessions!



 Gov. Quinn OSLAD Funding Announcement

·        January 5, 2015 - Congratulations to the 2015 OSLAD Winners!  An Investment of $26 million by taxpayers will allow communities across Illinois to buy land for parks and improve recreation. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grants Saturday as part of a plan he says will increase recreational opportunities, create jobs and help the economy. The money comes from the state's Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program.  It will provde $24 million to support 75 projects in 28 counties throughout Illinois.  Another $2 million comes from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.  The money will provide up to half of each project's cost.  The program is funded by a portion  of the state's real estate transfer tax.  Since 1987, it has provided $391 million to 1,700 local parks.  


 GRANTS RECEIVED through PRI client partnerships.



• 2014 - Oak Brook Park District 

Central Park

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources - OSLAD


• 2014 - North Berwyn Park District 

Maple Park

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources - OSLAD


• 2013 - Addison  Park District

Community Park

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources - OSLAD


• 2012 - Sugar Grove Park District

Harter Community Park

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources - OSLAD


• 2012 - New Lenox Community Park District

Walker Country Estates

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources - OSLAD 


• 2011 - New Lenox Community Park District

Heather Glen Park Facility

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources - PARC


• 2011 - City of Country Club Hills -

Provincetown Pool Facility

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources - PARC


• 2010 - New Lenox Community Park District

CountryView/ Royal Meadows Park



• 2009 - City of Rock Island

Douglas Park

Illinois Dept. Of Natural Resources -OSLAD


• 2009 - Village of Minooka

Wapella Street Community Park

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources  - OSLAD


• 2008 - Park District of Franklin Park

Franklin Park Pool

Illinois Dept. Of Natural Resources -OSLAD


• 2007 - Park District of Oak Park

Longfellow Park

Illinois Dept. Of Natural Resources -OSLAD


• 2007 - Village of Lisle

Garfield Park

Illinois Dept.  of Natural Resources


• 2006 - New Lenox Community Park District

Birch Park

Illinois Dept. Of Natural Resources


• 2006 - Frankfort Park District

Main Park

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - OSLAD


• 2006 - Centennial Park-Orland Park

Metra Commuter Lot Drainage

Environmental Protection Agency - 319 Grant


• 2005 - Village of Algonquin - OSLAD

Ted Spella Park - Illinois Department of Natural Resources


• 2005 - City of Chicago and Chicago Park District

Brentano Math & Science Academy

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources    -  OSLAD


• 2005 - Lemont Township

Heritage Woodland Sanctuary

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources  - OSLAD



·       April  10, 2014 - On Saturday, April 5, 2014 Governor Quinn announced $16.5 million in OSLAD Grants for 46 park projects.  Addison Park District and Park Ridge Park District were two of the honored recipients.  Congratulations!


·        February 6, 2014 - PRI attended the IAPD/IRPA Show, Soaring to New Heights on January 24th-26th, 2013.  Thanks for stopping by to see us!

·        February 5, 2014 - Once a year, Keven and Jennifer Graham, go to Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of programs like the Safe Routes to School, Innovative Stormwater Solutions/Green Infrastructure Act and more. One of the biggest challenges to making communities more walkable and bikeable is that there’s often only enough funding to build one stretch of pathways or sidewalks at a time. Networks from homes to schools, workplaces or other destinations are often left incomplete, but a new bill looks to change that. The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act (HR 3978) would allow communities to access low-cost loans to build bicycling and walking networks. The bill sets aside $11 million from the existing $1 billion TIFIA loan program to test out this new financing program for bicycling and walking.   Another innovative aspect of the bill is that 25 percent of any loaned funds must be spent in low-income communities. So, a city could borrow funds to make the downtown more walkable and bikeable—which is likely to increase revenues and the tax base—while also addressing safety concerns on the trip to school in low-income neighborhoods. Help make sure your mayor and policymakers have access to a new way to finance safe streets for everyone—ask your Representative to co-sponsor HR 3978 today.


·        January 22, 2014 – Look at our landscape architecture portfolio for our stormwater management and green infrastructure case study project -PrairieWalkPond  in Lisle, Illinois.

·         January 22, 2014 - PRI is currently working with the Department of the Army in Atterbury, Indiana.  Our in-house PWS, Erosion Control Specialist and Certified Arborist is working on vegetation and bat habitat surveying.  Da na na na na na na ....batman!!

·         January 17, 2014 -  Planning Resources will be at the IAPD/IPRA Show at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Riverside Center on January 23-24, 2014.  Come and see us in Booth #308.

·         November 5, 2013 -  Planning Resources is currenlty working with the Park Ridge Park District on their Youth Campus.  Click here for more information.

·         October 11, 2013 -  Did you know that having a street tree on your property could add over $7,000.00 to the value of your home? Read this The Wall Street Journal

·         October 3, 2013 - The honeybee is disappearing at a rapid rate.  If you want to help; plant native plants! 

·        September  16, 2013 - Did you know that research shows that a 20 minute walk in the park or natural setting will enhance kids ability to focus, according to the Journal of Attention Disorders, 2009 


·        September  10, 2013 - Governor Quinn signed legislation to help municipalities protect against future flooding.  This law helps towns improve stormwater management systems with green infrastructure   Click here for more information.


·        September 10, 2013 - The IAPD 2013 Golf Event at Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Lockport completed the 2013 Tour.  Steve collected an overall best of $410 in donations.  That brings the 2013 total to $1,370.00.  Thank you for participating in the game of, "Beat the Landscape Architect."  This is Steve's seventh year in collecting donations for the Friends of Illinois Parks and PRI is happy to help with this event.  It is thoroughly enjoyed by all.


·        August 20,2013 - The IAPD will be hosting their 3rd outing of the 12th Annual 2013 IAPD Summer Golf Tour today, Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at the Foss Park District's Foss Park Golf Club located in North Chicago.  Come out and see Jennifer and Steve on hole 15 and play Beat the Landscape Architect for a $5 donation to the Friends of Illinois Parks.

·        July 22,2013 - The NRPA is honoring Veterans with a unique hiring opportunity.  As many return home from serving our country it is difficult for them to find work in their respective fields.  Please click here for more information.  Great idea! 

·        June 27,2013 - Supported and attended the DuPage County Habitat for Humanity Prairie Green Dedication on Sunday, July 23, 2013.  Located in unincorporated Glen Ellyn, Prairie Green will provide housing for twelve families.  With a sustainable site design, the townhomes will be built to LEED standards.  Combined with extensive recycling of construction materials and use of low-impact landscaping materials, this three-part strategy minimizes DuPage Habitat's environmental footprint and maximizes their short and long-term cost savings for the limited income homeowners.  PRI was very excited to be a part of this project.  Our services included site design and landscape plans in addition to village and county approval.  For more information please click  here.   

·        May 8, 2013 -   PRI was hired by ComEd to assist in the preparation of trail re-vegetation planting plans and visual simulation of proposed improvements along the Nature Trail in Dekalb, Illinois.  Please click on the link below to view    

·        https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lXRiHoXKE1c


·        May 8, 2013 - Keven and Jennifer visited Washington, D.C.  to speak with legislators about Green Infrastructure Legislation, Transportation Enhancement Legislation, the Urban Park Bill, and small business issues.  


·        Persons within DuPage County involved in development activities, stormwater permit submittals or permit review may be interested in reviewing the proposed changes and providing comment.  The DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee and County Board will review and consider all appropriate comments prior to adoption of the Ordinance revisions.   The ordinance revisions are available online at : www.dupageco.org/EDP/Stormwater_Management/Regulatory_Services/1420/


·        March 1, 2013 - Did you know that Senators Max Baucus(D-MT) and Richard Burr(R-NC) have introduced S. 338, The Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act of 2013 ,which would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at no additional cost to taxpayers.  Landscape architects across the country access LWCF funds to plan and design local parks, trails, and other critical recreational facilities that help communities live healthier lifestyles, provide economic development, and create  local jobs, A national study by the Outdoor Industry Association documents that outdoor recreation activities generate $646 billion in consumer spending and about 6.1 million direct jobs. 

·        February 20, 2013 - PRI has an excellent track record in assisting communities and park districts by creating grant worthy projects through creative design, public facilitation expertise, and narrative development.  We have provided these grant preparation and documentation services for more than 15 years.  Check out our track record below.  (2012 grants have not been announced)

Our dedicated staff is available and eager to assist in meeting your application deadline. 


·        Tuesday,November 6, 2012  - Planning Resources Inc. is certified as a small Disadvataged Business Enterprise (DBE). 


·        Monday,November 5, 2012 - Planning Resources is pleased to welcome Scott Kuykendall, LEED AP.  Scott joins the PRI team with  more than 20 years of experience in natural resource managment,  ecology, sustainablilty, engineering, construction and environmental regulations. Scott makes a great addition to our team.  Welcome, Scott!   


·        Thursday, July 26, 2012  - Steve Halberg joined Gail Mountcaste, Executive Director  of Park Ridge Park District, to present ideas for the Youth Camus Site to read more click here... and here...


·        On May 21, 2012 Steve Halberg and Jennifer Graham again attended the IAPD Golf Outing at Settler's Hill in Batavia where PRI sponsored a hole and played "Beat the Landscape Architect."  This game helped raise money for the Friends of Illinois, a nonprofit fund raising arm of IAPD established to involve citizens in IAPD's mission to preserve land and expand recreational opportunities for youth after-school programs.    


·        May 2012 - Keven Graham and Steve Halberg were in Washington, DC for advocacy meetings with legislators.  While there, they met with Senators Durbin and Kirk.  They also spoke with Congressman Roskam along with Congressman Schock's office and discussed the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act  which will allow states, localities, and other qualified entities to receive grants to plan, design, and implement green infrastructure projects that will address stormwater management and other water quality and quantity issues.  They additionally spoke to them about the Transportation Bill that includes programs and policies that will create a national transportation network that safely supports all users, while also helping to create stronger communities.  



·        March 16, 2012 - The American Society of Landscape Architects-Illinois Chapter held their annual Celebration at the Museum of  Contemporary Arts.  Firms were recognized for their excellence in the field of landscape architecture.  PRI was acknowledged for both Longfellow Park in Oak Park, Illinois as well as DragonFly Landing & PrairieWalk Pond in Lisle, Illinois.  These awards exemplify the high quality of professional practice in Illinois and the broad spectrum of work in which landscape architects demonstrate leadership in design and enviromental planning.   


·        On September 28, 2011, the Village of Lisle received Three "Excellence in Economic Development " Awards from the International Economic Development Council for:  The Redevelopment of Downtown Lisle-Multi Year Economic Development Project, Green By Choice - Sustainable & Green Development, and The Arboretum Village Video - General Purpose Promotion.  Congratulations Darrell, Brent and Juli along with all who worked with the Village on PrairieWalk Pond and DragonFly Landing. Great job!!


·        Steve Halberg and Jennifer Graham were on the golf course at Poplar Grove Country Club in Hoffman Estates on September 20, 2011.  We played beat the Landscape Architect for a $5 contribution to the Friends of Illinois Scholarship Fund raising $330.00. It was great to see everyone and thanks for the contributions. 

  • The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation and Cultural Arts Staff had a ground breaking ceremony for Gaelic Park on July 27, 2011.  The park is expected to be finished by the end of the year.  Landscaping and a ribbon cutting ceremony are set for this spring.

Gaelic Park Ground Breaking Ceremony with kids




  •  March 2011- The Village of Montgomery received the Native Landscaping Award from the EPA and Chicago Wilderness.  This award recognized exemplary natural landscaping, conservation and sustainable development projects.   Montgomery was recognized for the development and facilitation of the Naturalized Stormwater Management Facility Design and the Planting and Management Design Guidelines prepared by PRI.  Congratulations!!   
  •  March 2011-The Carrington Reserve Residential Development was selected by the EPA and Chicago Wilderness for a 2010 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award.  The award recognized the use of design techniques to reduce runoff, treat storm water and promote ground water recharge to sustain high-quality fen and wet prairie habitats.   PRI developed the sustainable master plan including construction documents.  Congratulations!!  
  • PRI receives a 94 in Past Perfromance Evaluation Rating, placing us in the Top Quintile for Management Consulting Services.  Our top score was under Personnel.  The attitude, courtesy and professionalism of PRI staff received a  98.  The lowest score received was a 94.  The information gathered was supplied by an outside consulting firm and the ratings were based on survey feedback from past customers.  A special thanks goes to our employees for all of their hardwork and dedication.    




  • The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation and Cultural Arts Staff held a Grand Opening of Gaelic Park on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM at Gaelic Park (located on the corner of Ballyshannon Drive and Cave Creek Road).   


·        OSLAD Grant IDNR - PrairieWalk Pond in Lisle, IL  officially opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, October 30, 2010.   DragonFly Landing  Park will provide a variety of recreational activities for people of all ages while serving as a new storm water retention area to support downtown redevelopment. The site is located just west of Main Street in downtown Lisle at Route 53 and Burlington Avenue.  Click here for more information or scroll down to the bottom of this page for larger images of the event.




  • Floral Park in Northbrook held a Grand Opening on Saturday, October 23, 2010. The park contains recreational elements for all age groups, including a small sand play area, two playgrounds, four fitness stations and a half-court basketball court.  The three-quarter acre park also contains a prairie demonstration area, permeable glass pavement and a rain garden. The weather cooperated and a good time was had by all! 



  • October 30, 2010 –Grant recipient from IDNR - PrairieWalk Pond in Lisle, IL  officially opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, October 30, 2010.




  • April 22, 2010 –  The Grand Opening of Wenonah Tot Lot in Oak Park was held on April 22, 2010.  The park has a car and truck theme and is available for children ages 2 to 5.  Kids at the park can learn about traffic safety, play in the sand and climb in a VW bug, among other creative activities.                                






  •  Illinois EPA Awards Grants for Stormwater Mangement Program

Springfield—Illinois EPA Interim Director John Kim announced the award of nearly $5 million in Green Infrastructure Grants designed to reduce the amount of pollution running into Illinois waterways from stormwater sources.

Applicants applied for grant awards in three categories: Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Rehabilitation; Stormwater Retention and Infiltration; and Green Infrastructure Small Projects. The list is attached.

“These projects will help improve the quality of the Chicago River by preventing nearly 2 million gallons of storm water, and the pollutants that storm water carries with it, from entering the river each year,” Governor Quinn said. “Recently, we announced that two new facilities will be built to disinfect discharges into the river, and today we are building on our commitment to return the Chicago River to recreational use.”


Green Infrastructure Grants are another one of the Agency’s tools to control stormwater pollution in Illinois,” said Director Kim.  “Well over half of the impairments to Illinois waterways are due to nonpoint source and stormwater pollution and it comes from many different sources.”

Nonpoint source pollution occurs when runoff from rain and snowmelt carries pollutants into waterways such as rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and even groundwater. When rain hits the ground and flows across streets, parking lots, yards, construction sites, farm fields and golf courses, it picks up litter, oil, grease, metals, rubber, dirt, fertilizers, pesticides, animal waste, and other things left behind by people, automobiles and animals depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and underground sources of drinking water.

Green infrastructure” means any storm water management practice with the goal of preserving or restoring natural hydrology. Green infrastructure includes methods of using soil and vegetation to promote soil percolation, evapotranspiration and filtration, and involves the preservation and restoration of natural landscape features, such as forests, floodplains, headwaters, and wetlands.

The $5 million in grants will result jobs for installation of green structures by construction workers and the trades, as well as to create work for professional engineers and public works staff designing Best Management Practices and developing and submitting permits, and construction oversight. Congratulations to all! Click here for a link to recipients.





  • SESC - Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Information

Important changes have been made to the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (SESC) plan reviews for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Chicago District wetland permit process.  For IDOT and Tollway projects in DuPage, Kane, and McHenry counties, respective Soil and Water Conservation Districts no longer oversee plan reviews on behalf of the Corps.  Additionally, the Will/South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District no longer performs SESC plan reviews on behalf of the Corps for any project.  Instead, petitioners must utilize the Independent SESC Inspector (ISI) process established by the Corps.

Under the ISI process, an independent consultant knowledgeable in soil erosion and sediment control reviews the SESC plan before its submittal to the Corps with the 404 permit application.  The consultant also attends pre-construction meetings and periodically inspects the installed SESC measures during construction.  The ISI process does not apply to projects in Lake County, where the Stormwater Management Commission reviews all SESC plans, including those for IDOT and Tollway projects.  Planning Resources is qualified to perform SESC plan reviews and inspections through the ISI process.  Contact us to learn how we can assist you with SESC plan review and site inspections. 

Visit this website to read more about the ISI process:






  • Keven Graham, Principal of PRI, was recently interviewed for an article on the Sustainable Sites Initiative.  This article is featured in Green Building Pro. To read the article click here     


  • Keven Graham was  interviewed by How Stuff Works for an article entitled "10 Creeping Vines That Provide Privacy"  to read more please click here   


  • Gold or Platinum LEED Certification Award for Zoetica Project


Dr. Lillian Ostojich’s commitment to sustainability evolved in concert with the building and construction of the Personalized Wellness Center that she has created in Chicago - Zoeticawww.zoetica.net

Zoetica was founded on the core principals of trust and reliability with the mission to provide the environment, tools, education and support necessary to achieve and maintain radiant health and well being, not only for her clients, but for the general public and, ultimately, the planet as well, by becoming a model for sustainable and healthy living. This began with the facility itself. Dr. Lilly felt very strongly that it was not enough to offer the purest organic products and frontier services to clients if the building conditions and the surroundings where they are provided were impure and harmful to the environment and living organisms. 

PRI assisted Zoetica in the landscape design of the exterior entry way and the ornamental landscape plantings.  Our focus was on the importance of indoor air quality and sustainable maintenance practices.  It was a pleasure working with Zoetica on such an important environmental and sustainable project.

Consistent with this mission, Zoetica is a  USGBC/LEED  Project. A great deal of time, effort, research and collaboration with others will soon lead Zoetica to be awarded LEED Certification -  Gold or Platinum (according to projections by an independent third party 2Point Perspective,   2Point Perspective, whose Principals are LEED Accredited Professionals.)


USGBC: LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™






In 1997, the Consumer Product Safety Commission published the Handbook for Public Playground Safety to provide voluntary playground safety guidelines for child care facilities, institutions, parks, schools, resorts and other public use sites where children ages 2 months to 12 years play in an outdoor play space.  The document has been widely used as an industry standard on playground safety, and in some states, has been incorporated into childcare licensing standards.


 We recommend a copy of these standards for every Park and Recreation Agency.  It's an invaluable tool for keeping outdoor spaces in compliance.  Playground safety is our main objective at PRI.  With these ever changing regulations concerning playground safety PRI can assist you by performing safety audits, inspections and maintenance programs to help ensure the safety of the children using your equipment.  Our safety inspectors are certified with the Natural Playground Safety Institute and the National Park and Recreation Association.  Please give us a call if you have any questions.





PRI is always looking for creative and motivated individuals that can lead and demonstrate strong communication skills.  Interested individuals should submit their resume to:

402 W. Liberty Dr.

Wheaton, IL 60187

Attention:  Keven Graham



402 W. Liberty Drive, Wheaton, IL, 60187
P: 630.668.3788  F: 630.668.4125