City Council, January 7, 2019: College Corner Ministry from Second Baptist Church lead the City Council in the Pledge of Allegiance at City Council.
City Council, December 17th 2018: The Eastside Bulldogs’ Cheerleading Teams led the City Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. The City of Kankakee also presented a resolution honoring the Kankakee Eastside Bulldogs Junior League Cheerleaders (1st & 2nd grader Widgets, 3rd & 4th grader Peewees, 5th & 6th grader Junior Varsity) on their successful competitions.
City Council, December 3rd 2018: Grace Christian Academy’s Student Council lead the pledge for City Council. Scott Snavely, Market President at Midland States Bank, presented the Kankakee Police Department with a check and letter for their exceptional work in late October.
Concejo Municipal, 3 de diciembre 2018: el Consejo Estudiantil de Grace Christian Academy lidera el compromiso para el Concejo Municipal. Scott Snavely, Presidente de mercado de Midland States Bank, presentó al Departamento de policía de Kankakee un cheque y una carta para su trabajo excepcional a finales de octubre.
Mayor Wells-Armstrong visited Kankakee Trinity Academy’s Elementary School students (Pre-K to 5th Grade) on December 5, 2018. Mayor shared with the students that she is an avid reader and has been since she was a little girl. She encouraged all the children to read as much as they can to help them in school and life. Mayor Wells-Armstrong enjoys these times with children and encourages her Kankakee schools to reach out to schedule times for her to come visit! You can always go to the City of Kankakee website to submit an “Invite the Mayor” form, or call Mayor Wells-Armstrong’s office at (815)933-0500 during regular business hours to schedule.
The City of Kankakee celebrated the start of the Holiday Season with the 12th Annual Lion Wreathing at the Kankakee Public Library. Mayor Wells-Armstrong chose two children through a drawing in the KPL, then headed out to wreath Readmore and Seemore the lions. The Kankakee High School Drumline escorted the crowd to the Kankakee Depo. for the official Tree Lighting. The evening was a great way to usher in the season and also included a visit from Santa Claus, carols sung by the Kankakee High School choir, and cookies and hot chocolate in the Depo!
Once the fog cleared, the views in the City of Kankakee were beautiful. It did not take a full snowfall to create a beautiful winter scene in Kankakee.
Kankakee County Mayors’ Association meets on a regular basis to join together in addressing Regional issues. At the January 16th meeting Jim Rowe, our State’s Attorney, spoke to the Mayors’ Association about updates in his office regarding convictions, partnering with local municipalities and working with the police departments. He also spoke of JUMP, a new mentoring program Kankakee County out of the State’s Attorney’s Office.
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.
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.
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.
August 8, 2018: 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
July 11, 2018: 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)!
July 24, 2018: 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.