KANKAKEE  — The Kankakee Walmart Supercenter was evacuated at 10:45 a.m. today after a bomb threat was called into KanComm dispatch, according to Kankakee Police Chief Robin Passwater.

Personnel from Kankakee police and the Kankakee County Sheriff's Department searched the store, located at 505 Riverstone Parkway on the south side of Kankakee, Passwater said.

Police determined the scene was clear at approximately 12:50 p.m.

Making a bomb threat in Illinois is considered a Class 4 felony of disorderly conduct. If convicted, a person could be sentenced to up to three years in prison, or receive probation. 

Investigators are trying to identify the caller, Passwater said. Other law enforcement agencies have been alerted as well.

Jeff Bonty is a reporter for The Daily Journal. He can be reached at jbonty@daily-journal.com and 815-937-3366.


Jeff Bonty has worked for The Daily Journal since September 1986, starting in the sports department before moving to news reporting in 2002. He's a native of Indiana and graduate of Purdue University. His email is jbonty@daily-journal.com.