Press Releases

Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong to Present the 2020 State of the City Address
04 June 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – Mayor Wells-Armstrong is set to present the 2020 State of the City Address tonight at 7:00 p.m. The key focus of the speech is to give an update on what has been accomplished in the fiscal year, highlight projects in the City of Kankakee, encourage civic engagement and provide further plans to move Kankakee Forward.


Mayor Wells-Armstrong Awards Students with the African American Civic Leaders’ Scholarship
03 June 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – Five young men and women have been chosen by the committee for Mayor Wells-Armstrong’s African American Civic Leaders’ Scholarship. Each recipient will be awarded in the amount of $2,000 per student.


Mayor-Wells Armstrong Responds in Light of George Floyd's Death and Recent Protests
01 June 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL - In the past week, George Floyd, yet another unarmed black man in the United States has died at the hands of a white police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while ignoring the please of Mr. Floyd who repeatedly stated, “I can’t breathe.”


Mayor Wells-Armstrong Presented During American Sustainable Business Council National Webinar on Reopening the Economy
29 May 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL –  As many parts of the state reopen their economies today, the American Sustainable Business Council has partnered with more than 60 organizations and leaders across the nation to further discuss the best practices and plan for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.


State of Illinois Aims to Reopen Under Phase Three in the Restore Illinois Plan
28 May 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – Majority of the state will begin to reopen by the end of this week and early next week as we enter the third phase under the Restore Illinois plan.


Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton Taps Mayor Wells-Armstrong for the Recovery, Reinvest, and Renew Board (R3)
27 May 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – Mayor Wells-Armstrong has been appointed for the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew Board (R3). The R3 Board was established in 2019 under the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. The goal is to direct cannabis revenues toward communities that have been disproportionately impacted by systemic policies related to the War on Drugs.


City of Kankakee Vehicle Stickers Pushed Back to July
22 May 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – As more details continue to emerge from Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan that would allow a safe approach to reopen our communities, including gathering in areas of 10 or more people and social distancing, vehicle sticker fees will now be conducted in July.


City of Kankakee Launches Bounce Back Kankakee Assistance for Residents and Small Business
20 May 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – Mayor Wells-Armstrong and the Economic and Community Development Agency (ECDA) are proud to launch the Bounce Back Kankakee grant program for small business owners and residents. ECDA will start accepting applications on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 


Dumpsters Are Now Available to Assist with Cleanup in Response to Heavy Rainfall and Flood Damage
19 May 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – In response to heavy rainfall over the weekend, the City of Kankakee reached out to Republic Services to coordinate having dumpsters placed throughout the community to assist with cleanup.


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