February 2019, Volume 35, Issue 2 Print

President's Memo

I’m halfway through my second term as president, and this time around is just as enjoyable as the first time. Since my first term, there have been some significant changes. For one, the chapter now has a certification facility. ACI-IL is the very first local chapter to have its own certification facility. We no longer have to bounce to so many different locations to host a certification class.

Second, we now host half of our dinner meeting in the suburbs. Gibson’s Bar and Restaurant in Oakbrook has treated us well. We understand that getting into the city isn’t always easy, so dinner meetings in Oakbrook has turned out to be a great success.

Lastly, our new website has been up for about a month, and things have been working fairly smoothly. If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to check it out at www.aciillinois.com. With the new website, our chapter can easily notify our members of upcoming dinner meetings, certification classes, and other announcements. We can also easily keep track of membership status and dinner meeting attendance. I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.

Joni L. Jones
ACI-IL President

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Calendar of Events

Monthly Dinner Meetings
February 20 at Erie Café
March 20 at Erie Café
April 17 at Gibsons Oakbrook

Fundraising Event 
February 24 - Chicago Blackhawks vs Dallas Stars at United Center

Annual Dinner
May 11, 2019 at the Mid-America Club
200 East Randolph Dr 80th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

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February Dinner Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, February 20th at the Erie Cafe for a 2018-19 CDOT Update with Speaker Sean Guzik.


Sean Guzik, P.E. | Acting Quality Assurance Manager
CDOT - Division of Engineering

Sean is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and a graduate of Webb Institute with a Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management. He has 15 years of experience ranging from roadway and railroad bridge inspections, underwater diving, wastewater treatment plant construction, and roadway/bridge construction inspection. Sean has worked for the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the past 4 years, previously as a Construction Manager, and currently as the Acting Quality Assurance Manager.

Please register by Monday, February 18. Meal Choice is Beef, Fish, or Vegetarian. Member price is $55, Non-Members are $65.

If you are a Member, please remember to login to the website first before registering, otherwise, the non-member price will show up. This is a new website, so if you have not yet logged in, you'll need to re-set your password. Any questions, please contact Carol at [email protected]

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2020 Planning Meeting

Please join us on February 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (prior to our monthly board meeting & presentation) at the Erie Cafe to start preparing for the ACI Spring 2020 Convention Concrete in the Windy City (March 29-April 2, 2020).

Feel free to contact any Tri-Chairs with questions:
Peter Stamatopoulos - [email protected]
Brad Pfanenstiel - [email protected]
Sarah Kilroy - [email protected]

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January Meeting Summary

On January 16, 2019, Mr. George Houston, Bureau Chief of Materials for IDOT District One, spoke to the ACI dinner group at Gibson’s Steakhouse in Oakbrook.  Mr. Houston went over the IDOT construction program, both for the 2018 season and the upcoming 2019 season.  He highlighted some large ongoing and upcoming projects in the district, including the Jane Byrne Interchange, 159th St. Reconstruction, I-55 and Weber Rd., Rt. 59 at US Rt. 20, and Rt. 41 @ Rt. 132 (Grand Avenue).  Overall increases in concrete and asphalt volumes are anticipated in 2019.

Mr. Houston updated the group on staff changes, additions and promotions within the Department.  He discussed the expanded IDOT Independent Assurance program.  He also explained that IDOT was looking at a more performance-based approach to evaluating PCC.  IDOT is looking at using the SAM air meter to possibly eliminate or reduce after-the-pump testing of concrete on bridge decks.

This was Mr. Houston’s fourth time speaking to our group, and we look forward to the next presentation from IDOT.

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2019 Illinois Chapter Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards

Submit your project today! Call for entries for the 2019 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards. Please see the attached flyer for more information!

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ACI Illinois Chapter Fundraising Event


The Chicago Blackhawks vs. The Dallas Stars

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2 p.m. game
Seats are in Section 326
Families and friends are welcome!
Limited tickets available - $130 each

Contact Pete Stamatopoulous to reserve your seats: 630-804-9577.

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Upcoming Certification Sessions

Certification sessions are usually held at the ACI-IL Certification Facility: 650 W. Grand Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126 - Suite 106

ACI-IL Certification programs include the following offerings:
Grade 1 Field Technician
Aggregate Lab Technician 1
Strength Lab Technician 1
Concrete Construction Special Inspector
Adhesive Anchor Installer
Adhesive Anchor Installer Inspector

Check the schedule below for a session or sessions of interest. Review the class listings below and register. Sessions are filling up quickly, so don’t delay!

14th - 15th - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1, Elmhurst, IL
28th - March 1 - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1, Lakeland College, Mattoon, IL

MARCH 2019
21st - 22nd - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1 - Elmhurst, IL

APRIL 2019
4th - 5th - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1, Lakeland College,
Mattoon, IL
16th - 17th - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1, Elmhurst, IL

MAY 2019
14th - 15th - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1, Elmhurst, IL

If you need help registering just call (773)775-7558 (Note this is a new number) and leave a message for our registrar Ms. Nicole Galati who will assist you with registration assistance, hotel recommendations and payment methods.

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Certification Sponsors

Thank you to our Certification Sponsors!

Certification GOLD Sponsors:

Certification SILVER Sponsors:

Interested in sponsoring?
Contact Pete Stamatopoulos at 630-804-9577.

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