Community Bankers Association of Illinois

CBAI's 34th Annual Convention & Expo
September 11-13, 2008 in Springfield
Pre-Convention Acitivities

Partners' Program - Thursday’s Partners’ Program includes a walking tour of downtown Springfield. Participants are first taken by trolley to lunch at the Sangamo Club, which includes a garden salad, grilled herb marinated breast of chicken, chef's selection of appropriate accompaniments, fresh bakery basket, and fresh berries with grand marnier and whipped cream.

Then, the tour begins at the Lincoln-Herdon law office and examines the amazing breadth of architectural styles in this one public square in the heart of Illinois' capitol city. From Greek Revival to Corporate Modernism, styles from the early 19th through the late 20th centuries are considered. Individual buildings are discussed and placed into the sweeping narrative of American architecture. Along the tour are the Old State Capitol Square, the new Union Station, and the new State Capitol.

Leading the tour is Anthony Rubano, project designer at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. He has worked extensively with the Illinois Main Street Program, where he provides architectural services to 70 Illinois historic Main Street communities. After the tour, participants will have ample time to shop in Springfield’s many unique downtown boutiques.

Golf Outing - Illini Country Club's 18-hole Championship Course enjoys the reputation as one of the premier golf courses in the state. Each year, it hosts a United States Open qualifier and has also hosted the Illinois State Amateur Championship. World-renowned golf course architect from Scotland, Tom Bendelow, was the mastermind behind Illini, which has a beauty matched only by its daunting complexity. During the early 1900s, Bendelow also designed the famed Medinah Country Club located in northern DuPage County.

Nestled within the city limits, this impeccably maintained course features narrow fairways encased by looming trees and small greens just waiting to be your nemesis. The rough is Kentucky bluegrass, while the fairways, greens, and tees are bentgrass. Nearly 50 tortuous white sand bunkers daringly scattered throughout the course challenge golfers of every skill level.

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