At about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 1872, as the Circuit Court was closing out its September term on the second floor of the Kankakee County Courthouse, the smell of smoke was detected in the courtroom.

State's Attorney Jim Rowe receives this year's Social Services Progress Award for implementing the role of community outreach specialist. 

It might have once been described as a leap of faith, but what Dave and Tiffany Kruse have done is now proving effective in helping firefighters.

Kankakee County Vaccine Tracker

Kankakee County Vaccine Tracker


Total administered vaccine doses


People fully vaccinated


Percent of population fully vaccinated


7 day average daily doses administered


Doses reported to be administered on 4/17

Source: Illinois Department of Public Health
Last updated on 4/18/21.

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The statewide unemployment rate in Illinois fell three-tenths of a percentage point in March, to 7.1 percent, as the daily count of new COVID-19 cases and the case positivity rate appeared to be leveling.

Professional/College Sports

In this week’s Daily Journal Prep Podcast, Mason Schweizer moves talks with Olivet Nazarene University quarterback David Hutton and head football coach Eric Hehman ahead of the Tigers’ NAIA Playoff matchup against Baker University.

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has agreed to a new contract that will keep him with the Jayhawks until he retires, even as the school awaits a decision from an independent panel investigating five Level I infractions charges alleged by the NCAA.

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United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties is hosting 'Any K' on April 30. The race allows participants to complete any amount of mileage they'd like through biking, walking or running.

Dear Jill: A pharmacy chain has bottles of acetaminophen on sale for $1.49 each or 4-for-$4. Obviously, the best move here is to buy four, but every time they have this sale, it goes fast.

For the second year in a row, the Kankakee County Humane Foundation has been forced to once again cancel Paws and Purrs, its most profitable yearly fundraiser, because of health safety concerns.