Dec 2017 Quarterly Mtg: Burdine Retires!

Current IAHE Springfield Chapter President Gary Burdine announced is official retirement to the Chapter at the Dec. 13 Quarterly chapter meeting at Abe’s. He will retire from IDOT at the end of 2017 officially. The chapter will choose a replacement for it’s officers at the next meeting in early 2018, after Gary retires. His replacement as chapter Director will be Rod Santee, a 27-year IDOT employee currently in Consultant Services. Rod will be introduced to the IAHE Board at the next meeting on Feb. 3 at the IAHE Bowling Tourney.

Added Conference Bonus for Attendees

As an added incentive for attendance, this year’s conference will also be the same weekend as the 15th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival¬†(¬† It is located just a few blocks away from the hotel: Downtown Springfield, IL Between Washington & Capitol and 4th & 7th St.

Come on out and spend Friday night with us for dinner and a great band and then spend Saturday afternoon/evening at the Rte. 66 Festival with vintage cars and music on the Hot Rod Stage!


Conference Meeting Update

On May 4, a Chapter meeting was conducted at Abe’s on Dirksen at 5:00 pm to give updates and go over progress towards the upcoming 80th annual conference to be held here in Springfield. Our chapter was honored to have IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn in attendance to discuss our progress, as well as ideas on the potential IAHE Mentoring Program and the overall progress of the Vision Plan at IDOT. The Secretary was supportive of our ideas, as well as the upcoming conference and IAHE as a whole. We had an open and frank discussion with him on a variety of issues and look forward to his potential attendance at future Springfield Chapter meetings.

80th Conference in Springfield

Save the date for our 80th annual conference: Sept. 22-24, 2016! It will be at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
Rooms can be booked directly with our special link:
Also, we have reserved The Brat Pack ( to play our Back To The 80’s theme for Friday night. Break out the Rubik’s Cube and Member’s Only jackets for a good time to be had by all!

New Officer Elected

Please welcome Mr. Charlie Ragsdale as our new Springfield Chapter Vice President! He takes the place of the long active and now retired member, Mr. Matt Mueller. Rick Borus has taken on the responsibility of the second Director at this time, as well as retaining the treasurer’s office, and Gary Burdine assumes the mantle of Chapter President.