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At Monday's Kankakee City Council meeting, council members unanimously approved a pair of $1,500 Class "W" liquor licenses, which will allow for the consumption of theater-sold alcohol at Paramount Theatre and Meadowview Theatre.

 Turnout in Kankakee County for last Tuesday’s general election saw 54.3% of registered voters cast a ballot. That compares to 53.8% in the 2018 midterm elections and 56.4% in 2014.

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The decorative candles Yaroslav Vedmid bought more than a year ago were never meant to be lit, but the dried wax that now clings to them attests to how they've been used almost nightly — a consequence of power cuts across Ukraine.

Kankakee County Vaccine Tracker

Kankakee County Vaccine Tracker

159,261

Total administered vaccine doses


57,341

People fully vaccinated


52.12%

Percent of population fully vaccinated


30,759

Total boosters administered


68

7 day average daily doses administered


122

Doses reported on 12/1


Source: Illinois Department of Public Health
Last updated on 12/2/22. IDPH data is subject to change.

Though its season is still on the early side, flu is already making quite an impact. And it’s not alone — the combination of other respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 and RSV with fewer precautions taken is producing a storm of sniffles and sneezes.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is distributing 1 million over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to residents through a partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation’s public charity, RF Catalytic Capital and its Project ACT program.

Although Kankakee County’s fully vaccinated rate for the COVID-19 virus has hovered just under 52% for the past few months, it’s interesting to note that a substantial number of residents have gotten at least one jab.

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

The Secret Food Pantry will host its next mobile pop-up event in the village of Bourbonnais from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday. Due to the village’s Community Campus construction, the mobile pantry will be hosted at a nearby location and with a new route.

Bradley News

On Dec. 3, the Back the Bailey Community Celebration was held at Quality Inn & Suites in Bradley. Hosted by The Silhouettes, along with friends and family of Bradley Officer Tyler Bailey, the event raised over $88,000 for Tyler and Sydney Bailey.

Manteno News

All 28 members of the Kankakee County Board, including seven new members, were sworn in by Circuit Court Judge Bill Dickenson on Monday in a special meeting in the county administration building.

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