Recent Episodes

  • #125: From Cop to Mayor: Tim Nugent’s Evolution Through Public Service

    Embark on an enlightening journey in this episode of the Kankakee Podcast, where we delve into the diverse life of Tim Nugent, Mayor of the Village of Bourbonnais. From growing up on a farm to becoming the President and CEO of the Kankakee County Economic Alliance, Mayor Nugent’s story is a testament to leadership forged by…

  • #124 Beyond the Clippers: Jess Wright’s Urban Barbershop Story

    We’ve got a treat for you in this episode of the Kankakee Podcast! Buckle up for a journey into the heart of Kankakee’s Urban Barbershop, where old-school charm meets a fresh, vibrant vibe. We sat down with the one and only Jess Wright, the visionary owner of this iconic space. So, let’s dive in and…

  • Renee Brammer and KVTA: Bringing the Wizard of Oz to Life

    In the enchanting world of theater, there are classics that have captured the hearts of generations, transcending time and age. “The Wizard of Oz” is one such timeless masterpiece, and it continues to weave its magic in the hearts of both young and old. In this special episode of the Kankakee Podcast, we unravel the…

  • #123: From Farm Life to Community Leadership: Dr. Michael Boyd’s Inspiring Journey

    In this episode of the Kankakee Podcast, we had the privilege of sitting down with Dr. Michael Boyd, the President of Kankakee Community College (KCC). Dr. Boyd, who hails from a farm family, brings a unique perspective and unwavering commitment to the progress of Kankakee County. His vision and leadership have been instrumental in shaping…

  • #122: Inside Child’s Play: Shapiro’s Role in Horror Film History

    Join Jake LaMore in this spine-tingling episode of Kankakee Podcast as he unravels the eerie connection between the classic horror film, Child’s Play, and the Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee, Illinois. Delve into the details of the iconic movie, which turned an innocent child’s toy into a symbol of pure terror. Discover the behind-the-scenes stories…

  • #121: Sipping on Sobriety: AF Social Club’s Impact on Women’s Lives

    Join us on Kankakee Podcast as we delve into a transformative conversation with Sarah Marion and Laura Goodale-Platt, the inspiring founders of the AF Social Club. Discover how they’re reshaping social dynamics for women, offering a vibrant alternative to the drinking culture. They discuss the importance of creating a safe space for women from diverse…

  • BONUS EP: Exploring the World of Phlebotomy and Medical Services with Kortesha Jones

    Join us on this episode of Kankakee Podcast as we delve into the fascinating world of phlebotomy and medical services with Kortesha Jones, the founder of J’s Medical Services in Kankakee. Discover the journey of Kortesha, from her early beginnings in Kankakee County to becoming a certified phlebotomist and educator. In this episode, we explore…

  • #120: From Screenplays to Nightmares: Gregory M. Thompson’s Writing Odyssey

    On this Kankakee Podcast episode, Kankakee County’s own Gregory Thompson joins host Jake for a captivating conversation. They dive into Gregory’s background, growing up in Kankakee County, and of course discuss his work in creative writing. Jake and Gregory dig into Gregory’s passion for storytelling, which was in part inspired by reading Stephen King’s works.…

  • #119: Brian Prairie

    In this episode of the Kankakee Podcast, Jake introduces Brian Prairie, Chief Creative Officer at Pathfinder. They explore Brian’s creative journey, from his small-town upbringing in Clifton, Illinois, to his college years at Columbia College in Chicago. Brian traces his career path, from retail and wedding videography, to corporate infomercials and starting his own business,…

  • #118: Celia Carr

    Not everyone can say the beginning of their life started with a police escort to the hospital. Celia Carr can though! It’s the classic story of a couple speeding in their car to get to the hospital to give birth to their child. The couple gets pulled over by the cops. The officer learns of…

  • BONUS EP: Converge Conference

    Focusing on community and connections, that’s what the annual Converge Conference is all about! This interactive leadership conference will happen Friday, October 13th, 2023 inside the former Love’s Bookstore building on South Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee. Dr. Jeff Williamson of Converge joins us on this bonus episode of Kankakee Podcast to give us all the details about what to…

  • #117: Kankakee County Speedway

    Jake LaMore is out and Bill Yohnka is in as your guest host for this thunderous edition of Kankakee Podcast! For several years now, Yonka has been the announcer for the races that take place every Friday night during the summertime at the Kankakee County Speedway. If you follow Bill on social media, you know just…

  • #116: Kankakee County Museum, Kankakee State Hospital

    One of the most famous urban legends in Kankakee’s history is that we had a choice between having the University of Illinois or the Illinois Eastern Hospital for the insane being built in our city. The legend claims the City of Kankakee chose the hospital over the university. However the question remains, is this urban…

  • BONUS EP: KVTA Little Shop of Horrors

    A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the…

  • #115: Alan Webber, A.N. Webber

    On today’s episode of the Kankakee Podcast we delve into the rich history and evolution of A.N. Webber, the oldest logistics company in Kankakee. Our guest, Alan Webber, takes us on a captivating journey, starting with the company’s humble beginnings in the 1930s, to today, where A.N. Webber has grown to operate a fleet of over 200…