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Kankakee Mayor Chris Curtis’ name is not on the ballot, nor are any of the Kankakee City Council members. But they are all putting their names behind a referendum that is on the ballot.

In an effort to gain further funding for the $3.5 million development of the first phase of the Kankakee Riverfront project, Kankakee is applying for a large state grant.

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Kankakee County Vaccine Tracker

Kankakee County Vaccine Tracker

148,232

Total administered vaccine doses


56,995

People fully vaccinated


51.80%

Percent of population fully vaccinated


29,191

Total boosters administered


87

7 day average daily doses administered


57

Doses reported on 9/11


Source: Illinois Department of Public Health
Last updated on 9/12/22. IDPH data is subject to change.

John Wherry will wait until later in the fall to consider getting an updated COVID-19 booster. The University of Pennsylvania immunologist knows it's too soon after his shot late this summer, especially since he's not at high risk from the virus.

In its latest round of guidance for K - 12 schools and early childhood education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] has relaxed its recommendations on quarantine, testing and social distancing.

First lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing "mild symptoms," the White House announced Tuesday. President Joe Biden continues to test negative after recently recovering from the virus but will wear a mask indoors for 10 days as a precaution.

Professional/College Sports

It might be fair to call the Bourbonnais Township Park District’s Diamond Point baseball complex a “diamond in the rough.” And to stress that, the district’s administration has two points to share regarding the complex.

Jacob Kehoe, a 14-year-old Bourbonnais resident, shot a hole-in-one at Oak Springs Golf Club in St. Anne. Kehoe used a Callaway 7-iron on the second hole. It was witnessed by Jim Kehoe, Jimmy Kehoe and Mike Sanders.

Bourbonnais News

Bradley News

The annual St. Patrick's Half Paddy Festival took place this weekend and included the tradition of the Blue Mass procession on Saturday. This year, the procession included Bradley Police Officer Tyler Bailey and his family. 

Manteno News

After a pause of two years, Camp Shaw-waw-nas-see has announced the third annual Camp Shaw Draw Down (Cash Bash). The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Camp Shaw-waw-nas-see, at 6641 N 6000W Rd, Manteno.

The Week in Photos

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We're always interested in hearing about news and other events in our community.

We probably all have experienced something similar to this: You reach to the back of a kitchen or pantry shelf and find a can or jar of food you purchased quite some time ago. The expiration date printed on the packaging passed by more than six months ago. Is it safe to eat?

Thirteen years ago Sept. 14, sister Emma and Jacob were blessed with a daughter named Marilyn. She died eight-and-a-half months later, leaving heartbroken parents and siblings. 

In this weekend's A Taylor-Made Life, Life editor Taylor Leddin-McMaster writes about life lessons learned from one of her favorite shows, which turned 23 last week. 

Weekly Calendar