Join us in planning for the future of downtown Kankakee! The City is embarking on a streetscape improvement program for Schuyler Avenue between Locust and Station Streets. But we need your help! Please take a few moments to share your ideas about the Schuyler Avenue Streetscape Plan and take a quick survey here https://schuylerstreetscapeplan.org/. We value your input!
On Thursday, October 25th, HMC: Hippocrates Medical Clinic had their official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Mayor Wells-Armstrong was proud to see the clinic re-open this fall, knowing that HMC is making a strong impact on the Kankakee community. For more information, including hours and updates, you can visit the clinic’s Facebook Page: HMC: Hippocrates Medical Clinic.
El jueves, 25 de octubre, HMC: Hipócrates clínica médica tuvo su ceremonia oficial de corte de la cinta. El alcalde Wells-Armstrong estaba orgulloso de ver la clínica re-abrir este otoño, sabiendo que HMC está haciendo un fuerte impacto en la comunidad Kankakee. Para más información, incluyendo horas y actualizaciones, usted puede visitar la página de Facebook de la clínica: HMC: Hipócrates clínica médica.
Photos of the season chaning in Kankakee in November 2018
Asbury of Kankakee Supportive Living programs is part of the Illinois Supportive Living Program. This program is designed to promote independence, dignity, respect and well-being for residents in a cost-effective manner. The Court Street facility finished Phase I of their renovations and had their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on October 24th.
Asbury of Kankakee los programas de vida de apoyo son parte del programa de vida de apoyo de Illinois. Este programa está diseñado para promover la independencia, la dignidad, el respeto y el bienestar de los residentes de una manera rentable. Las instalaciones de Court Street terminaron la fase I de sus renovaciones y tuvieron su ceremonia de corte de cinta el 24 de octubre.
Friends and family gathered around Autumn as they celebrated the work that she has put into her space at the Majestic Theater in Downtown Kankakee. Nirvana by Autumn is a boutique spa that offers a variety of invigorating services. Each service provided by Autumn is designed to fit your personal needs. Some of her popular services include; customized facials and Brazilian waxes.
Amigos y familiares se reunieron en el otoño, ya que celebró el trabajo que ha puesto en su espacio en el teatro Majestic en el centro de Kankakee. Nirvana by Autumn es un spa boutique que ofrece una variedad de servicios vigorizantes. Cada servicio proporcionado por Autumn está diseñado para adaptarse a sus necesidades personales. Algunos de sus servicios populares incluyen; faciales personalizados y ceras brasileñas.
Nichelle Smith presents an Educational Gift awarded to Hazibeth Morales on behalf of Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong. The Mayor and City of Kankakee congratulate all those who received an award today - keep up the great work! #citykankakee #KCHP
City Council, October 16, 2018: Members of the Kankakee NAACP Youth Council lead the pledge for City Council. After receiving a letter from a student concerned for the safety of his peers at the King Middle School on Court Street, Mayor Wells-Armstrong and Kankakee City Engineer searched for options to improve safety in this area. The City Council members voted in favor of submitting a grant application to IDOT for the Safe Routes to School Grant.
Consejo de la Ciudad, 16 de octubre de 2018: los miembros del Consejo de la juventud de la NAACP de Kankakee conducen la promesa para el Consejo de Ciudad. Después de recibir una carta de un estudiante preocupado por la seguridad de sus compañeros en la escuela King Middle en Court Street, el alcalde Wells-Armstrong y el ingeniero de la ciudad de Kankakee buscaron opciones para mejorar la seguridad en esta área. Los miembros del Concejo Municipal votaron a favor de presentar una solicitud de subvención a IDOT para Safe Routes to School Grant.
The Cities United and Kankakee United team hosted a lunch to review the information gathered at the Community Forum, identify current gaps in meeting the community’s needs, and hear about successful examples of what is being done in cities across the country to address gun violence involving young African American men and boys.
The City Council meeting on September 4, 2018 included a presentation by Bill Barnes, Director of Community Relations from Duane Dean Behavioral Health Center, a presentation by KPD introducing their new Patrolman, Jose Diaz, and a proclamation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month.
Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong and the City of Kankakee welcomed Joseph McNicholas, staff member with the office of Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs. The event gave residents an opportunity to search and claim money and/or property that they have to their name. Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong y la ciudad de Kankakee dieron la bienvenida a Joseph McNicholas, miembro del personal de la oficina del tesorero del estado de Illinois Michael Frerichs. El evento dio a los residentes la oportunidad de buscar y reclamar dinero y/o propiedad que tienen a su nombre.
Mayor Armstrong-Wells presented the Phenomenal Woman Awards Celebration on March 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM
On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong honored four local students selected as the recipients of the inaugural African American Civic Leaders Scholarship.
Kankakee Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong delivered her first State of the City Address yesterday evening to a packed crowd at the Kankakee Public Library.
The speech focused on the unique set of challenges facing Kankakee and the priorities of the Mayor in the coming months and year.
The lunchtime concert series at Festival Square is back!
This reoccuring Summertime lunch event features food for purchase from downtown restaurants set to music by Local Artists! Local Food, Local Music, & back to work by 1:00…okay maybe 1:15. July’s music brought to you by Tyler From Unemployed Architects and local food brought by Jr’s Chicken & Brother George BBQ!
Rain or Shine! Vendors at the Farmer’s Market stuck through the rain this weekend and residents brought out their umbrellas. The rain did not stop Kankakee from enjoying the beautiful Farmer’s Market!
The Mayor had the honor of conducting the Kankakee Municipal Band this week at the Don Palzer Bandshell. It was a beautiful night of music and community! Lori Buckman did a fabulous job on her soprano sax solo. Mayor also was able to draw for the Split-the-Pot to raise funds for new instruments for the Band! The Kankakee Municipal Band has FREE concerts at Bird Park every Thursday at 7:00PM through August 9th - come check them out!
Mayor met with Bill Terrill on August 3. 2018 to see how the City can help create a safer and more enjoyable fishing experience at the Kankakee River.
The Community Forum was the first public event to launch Kankakee United. Representatives from Cities United led conversations with community members about how we can make Kankakee a safer, healthier, and more hopeful city.
Event flyers for events around the City of Kankakee
60+ community leaders gathered at the Kankakee YMCA this morning in a conversation on the Opioid Crisis in Kankakee County.The agenda included an overview of current statistics for Kankakee County, conversation about resources currently available, and conversation on what the community could benefit from in the future.
Photos from Rockford Meeting
Pledge of Allegiance led by Kankakee Kays Varsity Team
Thank You Cards - April 13, 2018
The Kankakee Fire Department Explorer Post #653 was established in 2017 after much hard work and coordination by principle members Capt. Bryan LaRoche, Capt. Mike Casagrande and FF Daryl Hunt. They observed an underserved need within the community and responded by establishing the post, a first for the Kankakee Fire Department. Many additional members contributed to the success of the program through teaching classes, coordinating events and mentoring the students.
Visit the Fire Department Page for more information about the Fire Department Explorer Post #653
Wednesday Wheels Car Show! Evening of live entertainment, delicious food from local restaurants, and all beautiful things on wheels! July’s music brought to you by Back Paiges and local food from Brother George BBQ & Pete Schiel’s Ice Cream!
Stefari Cafe has been a beautiful addition to Downtown Kankakee. They are a Coffee Shop with a Light Cafe Food Menu. Items on their menu are locally sourced, health conscious, crafted with love, and community minded! On July 11th the Cafe celebrated their “1st Birthday” and celebrated with their customers (their regulars and new faces)!
Kankakee Residents - Bike 609 is here! The Kankakee station is located at the Farmer’s Market. You can visit the Bike 609 website to learn more about locations, pricing, and how it works (https://bike.zagster.com/bike609/). Thank you to all of the sponsors that made this possible and a specific thank you to the Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau for working hard to bring Bike 609 to Kankakee County!
The mission of Merchant Street MusicFest is bringing together an eclectic range of music, artists, food and people to celebrate diversity throughout the community. This event is the highlight of the summer for many and we are so grateful for the turn out each year! Thank you to all who worked to make it happen and all who attended!!
Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong, and special guests Congresswoman Robin Kelly and Congressman Luis Gutierrez, hosted an Immigration Resources Informational Session on Wednesday, September 19th. Topics discussed included: how you can engage your U.S. Representative and federal agencies on immigration issues, Immigration policies at the federal, state, and local levels, your rights, Police-ICE collaboration, and actions taken to empower the Hispanic population in Kankakee.
City Council, October 1, 2018: Members of MBS Childcare Center and youth from Open Bible Center lead the pledge for City Council. Deputy Chief Willie Hunt introduced new Patrolman, Daniel L. Deckard to City Council, and Kankakee Police Department (KPD) was presented with their accreditation through the State of Illinois accreditation program ILEAP. City A group of undergraduate Social Work students from Trinity Christian College attended City Council as a part of their studies of policy in social work.
Kankakee area photos.