Kankakee Podcast

Kankakee Podcast

A podcast about the people and places of Kankakee County, IL. Hosted by, Jake LaMore.

Episodes

June 26, 2022 48 min

Most likely at some point in the last twelve years, you've heard or seen the name Mattea's Joy around town. What exactly is it though? Mattea's Joy is nonprofit organization here in Kankakee County that provides care, connection, and community for families navigating the challenges of having a hospitalized child. Founder, Jamie Freedlund, joins me on this episode of Kankakee Podcast to share the special story behind Ma...

Share
Mark as Played

Did you know the coffee that's currently brewed for the professional baseball players in the Chicago Cubs Clubhouse comes from Bourbonnais? Connect Roasters right here in Bourbonnais manufactures coffee almost on a daily basis. They have also found several ways to give back to the community as well. Connect Roasters Founder, Caleb Benoit, who was born and raised in Kankakee County, joins us on this episode of Kankakee Podcast ...

Share
Mark as Played

There are four different types of hunger. I thought there was only one. That is, until I sat down with Eating Psychology Coach, Emily LaVoie. Born and raised in Kankakee, Emily has always had a passion for helping people. While you may have met Emily through the fitness world, her main focus now is helping people improve their relationship with food. It may sound silly but after listening to this episode, I think you'll be blo...

Share
Mark as Played

Since day one of starting Kankakee Podcast, I've always had the idea of having people "Guest Host" an episode every now and then. We are finally making that happen! I'm excited to welcome Kent Wade as our very first guest host. If you remember, Kent Wade, was a guest on episode three. It's one of our most popular episodes. Now, Kent is back to take over the show for one episode to explain the importance of June...

Share
Mark as Played

For the first time in several decades, the City of Kankakee is now home to a brewery once again! After two plus years of planning and lots of hard work, Knack Brewing & Fermentations, has opened it's doors near of the corner of South McMullen Avenue and West Water Street. I was excited to sit down with the owners, Matt & Emily Strysik, to find out exactly what the knack is at Knack Brewing and Fermentations.

 

Visit th...

Share
Mark as Played

When you pledge $100 or more per month in the Kankakee Podcast Patron Program, one of the many rewards you will receive is getting to be a guest on an episode. The first person to take us up on this was local musician, Jake Vaughn. This episode kind of ties in with our previously released episode with BBCHS Band Director, Bill Dyche. Jake was taught by Mr. Dyche in high school. Currently, you can find Jake playing around the Kanka...

Share
Mark as Played

After thirty-four years in music education, Bill Dyche, is setting down is conducting baton at the end of this school year. Bill has spent the majority of those years teaching band right here in Kankakee County. He arrived at Kankakee School District 111 in 1990. Eventually, Bill made his way to Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School in 2006, where he has spent the last sixteen years as Band Director. Before making his way into...

Share
Mark as Played

 

This Sunday, May 22nd, the Kankakee County Museum will be hosting their 32 Annual Rhubarb Festival from 10:00am until 4:00pm. One of the many things being celebrated that day includes the unveiling of the museum's latest exhibit about The Small Family. Jack Klasey and Jorie Walters join us on this episode of Kankakee Podcast to give us an overview of why the Small Family is such a prominent name in our county's history. 

...

Share
Mark as Played

Last week, we ran a "Nominate A Guest" contest. Listeners were invited to nominate a person, place, or topic in Kankakee County for our 1 Year Anniversary livestream on Tuesday, May 10th. We took all of your nominations, shuffled them up, and randomly selected one. The nomination who was chosen was Jessica Bessette, better known as Bess Jess on WFAV 95.1 FM and River Country 101.7 FM, 103.7 FM, and 96.1 FM! This ended up b...

Share
Mark as Played

There aren't many people in Kankakee County that can say an Illinois State Law is named after them but Hayli Martenez can! Hayli's Law, which was signed into law on July 9th, 2021 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, states the Illinois Department of Public Health or any other local health department cannot regulate the sale of lemonade or nonalcoholic drinks by a person under age 16. Haylibug Lemonade Stand in Kankakee was started ...

Share
Mark as Played

This is the first of a series I'd like to start doing on Kankakee Podcast where we talk with residents who were born in other countries but now call Kankakee County home. Simon Topliss was born in Harrogate, which is a town in North Yorkshire, England. So how in the world did he wind up living in Bourbonnais, IL for the past several years? Listen to find out! 

 

Thank you for your time and support of Kankakee Podcast, Simon! 

...

Share
Mark as Played

This month's episode with The Kankakee County Museum takes back in time to when Nell Clark ruled Kankakee's underworld. For about 50 years, from the 1890s to the 1940s, Nell ran a brothel in what is now City Tavern on 367 South West Avenue in Kankakee. Local renowned storyteller, Jack Klasey, explains to us why Nell's story is so notorious. 

 

On another note, The Kankakee County Museum's 32nd Annual Rhubarb Festiv...

Share
Mark as Played

Kankakee native, Jasmyne Humble, has played an intricate part in local government for a handful of years now. Humble worked for former City of Kankakee Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. When Mayor Wells-Armstrong did not win re-election in early 2021, Jasmyne was presented with the opportunity to apply for the Communications Director position for the Kankakee County Board. Humble landed...

Share
Mark as Played

Rob West is one of the most trusted voices in Kankakee County when it comes to getting the most accurate and up-to-date local news. Rob is currently the News Director at Milner Media Partners in Bourbonnais, which is home to The Valley 92.7 FM, River Country 101.7 FM, 103.7 FM, and 96.1 FM, and WFAV 95.1 FM. However, long before his days at Milner, Rob built a name for himself working at WKAN reporting local news for several years...

Share
Mark as Played

Still I Rise is a dynamic and innovative leadership development non-profit that empowers youth and young adults to create a positive change in society. The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce presented Still I Rise with Non-For Profit of The Year Award in 2021. I thought it would be a good time to get to know the couple behind the hardworking organization, Aaron & Tocarra Robinson. We had a great conversation about how Still I...

Share
Mark as Played

It's that time of the month where we are joined by staff members of the Kankakee County Museum to talk about a particular subject in our county's history. We are lucky enough to have both Jorie Walters and Jack Klasey join us on this episode to celebrate Women's History Month. Jorie and Jack introduce us to three very important women in our county's history: Fannie Still, Eva Minor, and Mary Gallagher. Still was t...

Share
Mark as Played

Hey there! It feels so great to be back in the saddle of releasing new episodes of Kankakee Podcast. After being off for two and a half months, it's time to get back to business. Thank you for patience.

I'm excited to welcome one of Kankakee County's most well known singer/songwriters and musical performs, Matt Yeager! Matt walks us through his humble beginnings of playing in punk rock bands as a teenager to his pres...

Share
Mark as Played

Here's who made the cut for the 10 most listened to episodes of Kankakee Podcast in 2021! Did your favorite make the list? Listen to this episode to find out! 

 

Special thank you to: Seth & Mary Burkey, Josh LaMore, Brianna Whittler, Franklin & Anna Weber, Dawn & Jim LaMore, Lizzie Yolich, Noble Dairy Queen Stores, KCC Foundation, Digital World Design, Kankakee City News, Kankakee County Museum, Veronica Feathe...

Share
Mark as Played

I'm pleased to welcome the very first police officer to be a guest on Kankakee Podcast, Travis Garcia. Originally from Indiana, Travis made his way here about ten years ago and started working for the Bourbonnais Police Department. It wasn't too long after he started patrolling the streets that he became the School Resource Officer for Bourbonnais Elementary School District 53. There's no doubt in my mind that Travis ...

Share
Mark as Played
December 21, 2021 10 min

I want to take this time to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting Kankakee Podcast and LaMore Media L.L.C. in 2021. I’d like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Growing up, one of my favorite Christmas books to read was The Polar Express. Now, the tradition continues with my son who is even more obsessed with it than I was. I know several people who listen to LaMore Media podcast...

Share
Mark as Played

Popular Podcasts

    Will Ferrell reprises his role as Ron Burgundy in the world-famous Ron Burgundy Podcast! Each episode has a different theme in which Ron engages in conversation with another notable person on the topic at hand. In true Ron Burgundy fashion, these conversations have a tendency to go off the rails, and we find out things about people we never knew we wanted to know. Join America’s favorite Anchorman, continuing to delight audiences with the comical musings of Ron Burgundy – and leave them wanting more!

    Dateline NBC

    Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

    Stuff You Should Know

    If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

    Crime Junkie

    If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

    The Bobby Bones Show

    Listen to 'The Bobby Bones Show' by downloading the daily full replay.

Advertise With Us

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.

    Connect

    © 2022 iHeartMedia, Inc.