Press Releases

Autism Awareness Month: Community Members Invited to Participate in Activities at the Merchant Street Art Gallery in Downtown Kankakee
07 April 2021 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – April is Autism Awareness Month. One in 59 children is estimated to have autism according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is usually first diagnosed in childhood with many of the most obvious signs presenting around two to three years old.


Local Students to Receive Mayor Wells-Armstrong’s Fourth Annual African American Civic Leaders’ Scholarship
06 April 2021 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL –  Four local students are set to receive Mayor Wells-Armstrong’s African American Civic Leaders’ Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 each. Funds for the scholarship were raised by community partners, local businesses, leaders, and private donors. No taxpayer funds were utilized.


Man Up Series: Learning and Mentor Opportunities for Young Men in Kankakee County
05 April 2021 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – Young men in the community often need positive role models to succeed. Another round of the Man Up series focused on young adult males in Kankakee County is set to begin this month. Community organizer, Rhonda Currie, started approaching local men in the community who she knew had positive relationships with youth. The Man Up series


New Gateway Sign Installed in East Kankakee
01 April 2021 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – Entering East Kankakee just got a little more attractive. The new gateway sign was installed this morning off Exit 312 at the I-57 interchange. The beautification project is a start to more development taking place on the East side of town after calls for investment.


Youth Violence Prevention Week 2021: Community Partners Join Kankakee United to Raise Awareness and Engage the Youth
30 March 2021 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – National Youth Violence Prevention Week is April 12, 2021 through April 16, 2021, and everyone plays a part in preventing violence. During the week, community partners are set to join Kankakee United and the Illinois Coalition for Community Services to present three days of fun and interactive experiences to raise awareness, promote


City of Kankakee Accepted into National League of Cities (NLC) 2021 Eviction Prevention Learning Lab
29 March 2021 | Press Release

KANKAKEE, Ill. (March 29, 2021) – The City of Kankakee’s Economic and Community Development Agency (ECDA) has been accepted into the National League of Cities (NLC) 2021 Eviction Prevention Learning Lab (EPLL).


Food Pop-Up Giveaway Today at the New Living Room Location on Schuyler Avenue
24 March 2021 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – Choices Youth Outreach International and the Duane Dean’s Living Room Program is set to host a food pop-up giveaway today. The event will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the new Living Room program location at 367 S. Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee.


Kankakee Riverfront Society Reveals East Riverwalk Concept
23 March 2021 | Press Release

During a virtual public open house on Monday, March 22, the Kankakee Riverfront Society, the not-for-profit organization spearheading The Currents of Kankakee and the transformation of the downtown Kankakee riverfront, revealed its Preferred Concept for the East Riverwalk.


Women’s Wednesday: Supporting Women Owned Businesses in Downtown Kankakee
17 March 2021 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – In honor of Women’s History Month, today kicks off the first Women’s Wednesday in the Burfield & Remington building, formerly known as the Majestic Theater, in downtown Kankakee.


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