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Clove’s ‘Brave, Bold, and Believed’ Art Show Seeking Entries

Clove Alliance is accepting work for the third annual “Brave, Bold and Believed Art Show” at the Kankakee County Museum. Artists may submit up to two works. In the student divisions, participating artists must be in seventh-12th grade, or 18 years of age or older if entering in the adult division. Artists may enter the…

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Win Prizes When Savoring the Southland!

The Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau (CSCVB) has launched “Savor The Southland,” a new program that aims to reward users for visiting local restaurants. Anyone can sign-up for the free program’s passport. With more than 67 local restaurants included within the passport, it showcases the best of the Chicago Southland in an easy, mobile-friendly…

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America Sings! Returns to Chicago Southland

The choral extravaganza of the year returns on its 35th anniversary to the Chicago Southland, when America Sings! takes center stage at Fox Pointe in Lansing, May 5-6. Welcoming youth, adult, school, and church groups of all ages to join this high-energy singing experience, America Sings! is accepting registrations through February 17. This non-competitive event,…

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Still Time to Purchase Rotary’s Jigsaw Puzzle

Do you have cabin fever or perhaps need a gift? The Bradley-Bourbonnais Rotary Club is selling a limited edition jigsaw puzzle, and there are only a few left for purchase! The 504-piece puzzle, when completed, will measure 16″ x 20.” Puzzles may be purchased from any BB Rotarian and also are available at the Kankakee…

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Joe Maddon to Speak at USF Brown and Gold Night

Joe Maddon, the Major League Baseball manager who helped the Chicago Cubs organization break its 108-year World Series drought in 2016, will be the guest speaker at the University of St. Francis’ 44th annual Brown and Gold Night, on Monday, February 13, at the Pat Sullivan Center on the USF campus. The annual fundraiser begins…

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‘Meet the Author,’ ‘Date at the Museum’ Coming to Kankakee

On Saturday, February 11, the Kankakee Historical Society will host “Date Night at the Museum, beginning at 6 p.m., at 801 S. Eighth Avenue in Kankakee. Enjoy a unique evening at the museum with that special someone. Dinner is catered by the Bennett-Curtis House, with a “Lady and the Tramp” theme. Tickets may be purchased…

Kankakee Library News

Sale of License Plate Stickers: The Kankakee Public Library staff, 201 E. Merchant Street in Kankakee, remind the community that license plate stickers are available for purchase on the third floor of the library. Patrons may bring renewal information to the library and purchase their vehicle sticker, much like they do at the DMV. The…

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63rd Annual Rare Coin Show February 26

The Will County Coin Club will host the 63rd annual Rare Coin Show on Sunday, February 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the JJC Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center, 17840 Laraway Road, Joliet. (Note new location.) The event features free admission and parking, plus hourly door prizes, educational displays, along with 60 dealer tables.…

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Historical Society Announces Gallery of Trees Winners, New Museum Hours

Beginning in January, the Kankakee County Museum, 801 S. Eighth Street in Kankakee, will be open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Group visits and guided tours may be scheduled any day of the week, if the museum is notified at least seven days in advance. The…

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Hughes Art Exhibit at KCC

A new art exhibit at Kankakee Community College features the work of Aaron Hughes and centers on various reflections of war. “Poetry Despite/Music Despite (Eternal War Requiem)” is a multi-media exhibit that will be on display at KCC until February 24, in the lower level gallery of Miner Memorial Library. The exhibit “connects artists across…

Winter Wander – Celebrate Kankakee this Holiday Season

Kankakee Public Library, Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, and the Kankakee Development Corporation invite the community to the Winter Wander, celebrating downtown Kankakee during the holiday season. Winter Wander will be held this Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Start the Winter Wander at Kankakee Public Library’s Winter Market and enjoy local…

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Step Back to a 1950s Christmas at Park Forest House Museum

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, invites the community to “Step Back into a 1950 Christmas,” through January 4, except for Christmas Eve. A museum visit provides a wonderful inter-generational experience, so bring the family. Operated by the Park Forest Historical Society, the museum is…

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Kankakee County Museum to Hold Ugly Sweater, Hot Chocolate Party

By Melanie Holmes Get out your craziest, hairiest, blaringly “ugly” sweater and head to the Kankakee County Museum for a wingding of a party on Friday, December 16, from 3 to 8 p.m. There will be hot chocolate, a kids’ coloring contest, and visits with Santa. The River Valley String Ensemble will perform at 7…

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BPL to Host Virtual Visit with Murphy and Simone

Bourbonnais Public Library’s Novels @ Night Book Club will host a special virtual visit from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone, co-authors of this month’s book, “A Merry Little Meet Cute.” The event will be held on Wednesday, December 21, at 6 p.m., in the library’s White Oak Room. Join…

Fun for Everyone at Crete Country Christmas!

Don’t forget about the great Crete Country Christmas this weekend, December 2-4. There is a huge list of activities and fun for the entire family, including: A 5K Run/Walk for all sports enthusiasts; Crete Woman’s Club delicious Holiday Cookie Sale and doggie treats, on December 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Township…

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Holiday Fun at Kankakee County Museum

Whether he’s called St. Nicholas, Sinterklass, or Santa Claus, join in the fun on Saturday, December 3, at 3 p.m., at the Kankakee County Museum, 801 S. Eighth Avenue in Kankakee, for a presentation regarding the history of St. Nicholas Day and some cultural traditions attached to it. This presentation and collaboration is brought to…

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CSCVB Releases Fall/Winter Festival, Event Guide

The Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (CSCVB) annual festivals and events guide is back with its Fall 2022/Winter 2023 edition. “Our marketing team and community partners have done another fantastic job in putting this incredibly valuable tool together,” said Jim Garrett, president/CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB. “With 83 more events this year, it’s…

Devil Mady Kibelkis (with blue sleeves) blocks a Panther and had a career high 31 points against the Panthers. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Panther Effort Couldn’t Keep Devils Down
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PJHS Presents: Robin Hood
Blue Devil senior Mady Kibelkis (#12) finished with 16 points to help the Devils trounce Lisle on January 30. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Devils Take a Loss then Move on to Trounce Lisle
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Project Pickle Perplexing but Will Persist
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Priest Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Assault
A semi and car accident just west of the I57 interchange in peotone shut down traffic for hours. Occupants of the vehicle were transported to local hospitals. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Crash Shut Down Traffic For Hours
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Tragic Shooting of Two CM 201U Students
Brandon Weiss has a promotion future with the Blue Devils. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Devils Pull Out Win Over Momence
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Bobcat Boys Basketball Moves to 15-1
Bobcat Ethan Rydberg led with 8 points and 3 assists.Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Bobcats Fall to Cyclones
Bobcat Ava Pattenaude, #2, had a great game. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Beecher Pulls Out a Win Against the Raiders
Blue Devil Jenna Hunter earned a season high 26 points against Herscher Monday night. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Devils Simply Devoured the Tigers
Beecher Coach Tyler Shireman has the team pointed in the right direction, with back-to-back 20-win seasons and the first AP top-10 ranking in program history. –Photo by Jeff Vorva
Beecher Seeking Second Regional Title in School History
All the golf carts in last year’s parade will need stickers. Photo by Dan Gerber.
Time To Renew Golf Cart Registrations In Manteno
Senior Blue Devil Jenna Hunter (#23) drives to the basket. –Photo by JIm Piacentini.
Devils Trounce the Panthers
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Peotone Gets Revenge, Takes Win from Prairie Central
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New Program in Monee Helps Locate Lost Loved Ones
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Missed Shots, Turnovers Lead to Loss to Coal City
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Kankakee County Board Opposes Protect Illinois Communities Act
Blue Devils Emma Iozzo on January 9th. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Blue Devils Now a Perfect 18-0