A roundup of area arrests for serious crimes. Unless otherwise stated, these reports are taken directly from police reports.

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

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 4/21

Source: Illinois Department of Public Health
Last updated on 4/22/21.

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Though most schools and restaurants are open, over 17 percent of the population is vaccinated and the weather is warming up, Kankakee County is not yet out of COVID-19's grip.

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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Throughout the month of May, Riverview Historic District will be hosting "Picture Perfect 5k." Friends and neighbors will have an opportunity to get active, enjoy nature and learn more about the neighborhood.

St. Rose of Lima Chapel, 486 W. Merchant St. in Kankakee, will celebrate monthly Mass at 6 p.m. on April 30. Reservations are required because of COVID restrictions.