Peoples Bank of Kankakee County will offer full banking services in Manteno beginning this summer. The new location is an addition to the bank’s downtown Kankakee and Bourbonnais branches.

“Peoples Bank is growing, and we are going places,” said Jeff Hammes, bank president and CEO.

Peoples Bank will open a temporary office at 68 N. Oak St. in downtown Manteno this summer while a new branch office is constructed in the South Creek business district. While a general contractor has not yet been named, Hammes noted work on the new 2,000- to 4,000-square-foot branch would be done by local general contractors with local trades workers.

“Manteno is a growing community with a lot to offer, Hammes said. “We want to provide Manteno families and businesses another banking option. Our customers are use to high-touch, quality customer service banking, and we look forward to delivering those same services in Manteno.”

In a time of recent bank mergers, Hammes noted Peoples Bank is a privately-held, family business.

“We like banking, it’s in our blood. We are in it for the long haul,” he said.

Peoples Bank of Kankakee County was established in 1962 by Kankakee area businessman and philanthropist Romy Hammes.

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Papi’s Pizza Cafe in Kankakee opened a second location Tuesday in the Northfield Square mall food court. Papi’s Pizza at the mall offers whole pizzas, breadsticks, pretzel bites, salads and drinks.

Carryout and delivery service is available. Owners Russell and Laura Lind opened the second location in response to customers.

“We received a lot of feedback from people in the Bradley and Manteno areas. We wanted to expand to serve those customers,” Russell Lind said. “So far, the support has been great. It’s been busy.”

The emergence of Papi’s fills a void in the mall food court, where there have been no eateries open in recent months. The pizza place might soon have neighbors.

“We hope that by opening in the mall, it will attract more businesses to the mall,’’ Russell Lind said. “We’ve even heard that there is a possibility of three new food places coming to the food court area by August.”

Papi’s Pizza in the mall is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For delivery or carryout, call Papi’s Pizza Cafe at 815-573-5740, and select option No. 2.

Papi’s Pizza Cafe will continue to serve the Kankakee area at its Station Street location.


Target in Bradley is headed into the “next generation of store design,” making shopping easier and more inspiring for guests. The Bradley location opened about 25 years ago and has undergone past expansions and renovations.

The newest renovation, to be completed by the end of June, includes enhanced merchandise displays to create shops throughout the store, a beauty department that looks like a specialty shop and home-department displays similar to actual living spaces, according to the Target corporate headquarters in Minneapolis.

Renovations also include an online order pick-up counter, brighter lighting, a more modern feel with seasonal trends, exclusive brands and design partnerships.

In a news release from Target corporate, Joe Perdew, vice president of store design, said, “We start by putting the guest at the center of everything we do and think about the human, physical and digital aspects of the experiences we want to deliver. We use all of our assets — the building spaces, fixtures, interior design, lighting, products — to tell a story and make the whole shopping trip as easy and inspiring as possible for guests.”

Target plans on remodeling more than 1,000 stores by the end of 2020.


All of your McDonald’s favorites once again are available in Watseka.

The restaurant now is on the west side of town as McDonald’s reopened in the 500 block of Walnut Street on June 4.

The location on West Lafayette Street closed more than a year ago after it was damaged by flooding several times. The new store is located out of the flood zone.

The new store includes ordering kiosks and food delivered to your table.

McDonald’s franchisee Wayne Jarosh, of Iroquois County, also operates McDonald’s in Gilman, Rantoul, Champaign-Urbana and Kentland, Ind.


The Bradley-Bourbonnais Rotary Club annual shredding event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon June 22. Cars can line up in the parking lot of Turk Furniture and Ashley Home Store, 515 N. Kinzie Ave., Bradley. Paper to be shredded will be unloaded by Rotarian volunteers.

The shredding event is free; however, Rotarians will accept donations, with proceeds benefiting Shelter Box Inc.

Editor’s note: Laura McElroy compiled this week’s Heard on the Street column. Regular columnist Lee Provost will return next week. A version of this story appeared in the Friday digital edition of the Daily Journal.

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