Press Releases

Strong Neighborhoods Elm House Hosts Block Party for Community
23 October 2020 | Press Release

KANKAKEE, IL -  (October 23, 2020) – Strong Neighborhoods (SN) hosted a block party outside their Elm House this past Saturday for local residents in the second and sixth wards. Families and friends gathered across the block of 500 Elm Avenue enjoying food, games, vendors, a DJ, and more.


Mayor Wells-Armstrong Releases Statement In Support of Local Business Owners
23 October 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL - Earlier this week, Governor Pritzker announced plans to start mitigation efforts for Region 7 which includes Kankakee and Will Counties.


Governor Pritzker Announces Resurgence Mitigations to Take Effect for Kankakee, Will, Kane and DuPage Counties
22 October 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently announced a rolling seven day average of 8% or above for a COVID-19 test positivity rate for Region 7 (Kankakee and Will County) and Region 8 (Kane and DuPage County).


Leaf Pick Up Begins in City of Kankakee
19 October 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – Leaf pick up is now underway in the City of Kankakee and will run through Friday, December 4, 2020. Leaf crews will be in your area on your regular garbage day.


Lori’s Diner Under New Ownership in Downtown Kankakee with Expanded Hours
16 October 2020 | Press Release

KANKAKEE, IL- (October 16, 2020) – In the midst of uncertain times, long-time staple of downtown breakfast and lunch, Lori’s Diner restaurant, is now under new ownership. Miguel Puebla has been a cook at Lori’s for 13 years and his passion for the restaurant does not go unnoticed.


Safe Routes to School Project Now Underway on East Court Street
15 October 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – If you have headed down Court Street recently, you may have noticed more construction has begun on the East Side.


13 October 2020 | Press Release

October 9, 2020- Kankakee, IL- Multiple law enforcement agencies in Kankakee County collaborated yesterday in a countywide effort to reduce crime, apprehend fugitives of the law and promote safety throughout Kankakee County by reducing violence.


New Opportunity Fund Leads to $1.5 Million Investment in Kankakee
09 October 2020 | Press Release

KANKAKEE, IL - (October 9, 2020) – Doug Baum of Baum Investment Group LLC, has created a $1.5 million opportunity fund to invest into the City of Kankakee’s Riverfront Opportunity Zone.


Manufacturing Month: J.R. Short Snack Products Expansion
08 October 2020 | Press Release

Kankakee, IL – Governor Pritzker has officially proclaimed the month of October as Manufacturing Month in the state of Illinois, the fourth largest manufacturing state in the country. J.R. Short Snack Products is the largest manufacturer of snack pellets in the world and continues to grow, meaning some of your favorite snacks start right here in th


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