Recent Episodes

  • #78: 10 Most Listened to Episodes of 2022

    Happy New Year! Lizzie and I countdown the 10 most listened to episodes of Kankakee Podcast in 2022. What episodes do you think made the cut? Which one came in first? Listen to find out! 2022 has been an incredible year for Kankakee Podcast. I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart…

  • #77: Meet the Mayor of Hopkins Park – Mark Hodge

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends! Our “Meet The Mayor” series continues on this episode of Kankakee Podcast with, Mark Hodge, who is currently the Mayor of Hopkins Park! Mayor Hodge and his family have deep roots in Hopkins Park. He’s also lived a pretty interesting life outside of…

  • #76: Project Sun with Deb Baron & Rhonda Showers

    You may have heard or read the name, Project Sun, sometime in the past few years here in Kankakee County. What exactly is it though? It is a Strong Unified Network that is dedicated to strengthening the children’s behavioral health system of care in Kankakee County. Project Sun Director, Deb Baron, and Parent Liaison, Rhonda…

  • #75: Gougar’s Grove – Kankakee County Museum

    From 1883 to about 1915, Gougar’s Grove dominated the tourism industry in the Kankakee area. It was a beautifully wooded picnic area located about two miles upstream from Kankakee, just south of Baker’s Creek. Gougar’s Grove had several attractions to lure people in for miles around including a beach, shooting gallery, bowling alley, merry-go-round, dancing…

  • #74: Eric Urbanowski of Main Street Pharmacy in Manteno

    Let’s say a woman goes to CVS Pharmacy to pick up her prescription. She gives the pharmacy tech her insurance card to see what kind of coverage she can get on her medicine. After running her information, the total for a three month supply of her medication comes to around $142.00. Now, the next time…

  • #73: The Birth of Dairy Queen with Joe Rintelman

    The first Dairy Queen store may not have opened in Kankakee County, but their famous soft serve was first taste tested by the public here. On August 4th, 1938, Sherb Noble had an all you can eat sale for this new innovative frozen treat for only ten cents at his ice cream parlor on West…

  • #72: Demarco Hampton – Kopious Lifestyle

    Picture being a very young kid and walking into a room to see your father with a belt strapped around his arm and a needle full of heroin sinking into his skin. That’s the kind of life Kankakee area resident, Demarco Hampton, was born into. While that experience didn’t lead Hampton to become a heroin…

  • #71: Meet the Mayor of Kankakee – Chris Curtis

    Welcome to the first in a new series of episodes I’m starting up here at Kankakee Podcast called, “Meet The Mayor”. I feel like it’s important for all of us to get to know the current mayors of Kankakee County. The first one up is Kankakee Mayor, Chris Curtis! You’d never guess it, but Mayor…

  • Mayor Schore Addresses Goselin Park Name Change Rumor

    At Monday night’s Village of Bourbonnais board meeting, Mayor Paul Schore addressed a rumor that has been floating around on social media. That rumor being that Goselin Park was going to get a name change once the Community Campus Plan Project was complete. Mayor Schore’s statement is below: “Goselin Park will always be Goselin Park.…

  • #70: Alex Habeeb – Lebanon to America

    This is the second episode in a series on Kankakee Podcast where we meet with a Kankakee County resident who came to America as an immigrant. The first being episode 41 with Simon Topliss, released earlier this year back in April. Simon was born in the United Kingdom. For this second episode, we are traveling…

  • Open House For New Exhibit This Saturday at Exploration Station

    The Pledge for Life Partnership Life Education Center and Project SUN will join the Exploration Station in hosting a free open house event to showcase this new permanent social-emotional health exhibit. The Open House will take place this Saturday, November 19, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The Exploration Station is located at 1095 West Perry Street, Bourbonnais. Exhibits are primarily targeted at children…

  • Bourbonnais 1837 Log Schoolhouse Dedication Well Attended

    This past Tuesday, the Village of Bourbonnais held a ceremony celebrating the reopening of the newly restored Bourbonnais Grove Log Schoolhouse. Dating back to 1837, the schoolhouse served just over 10 students up until 1848, where it then became a home to French-Canadian families from 1848 to 2010. The ceremony included statements from people such…

  • KCC Foundation To Hold Annual ‘Give Day’ This Friday

    The Kankakee Community College Foundation will hold it’s annual “Give Day” this Friday, November 18th, 2022. The foundation is calling on all alumni, faculty, staff, students, and their families and friends to support a variety of student needs through this fundraising event. “We want to bring everyone together in the spirit of giving, with a…

  • #69: Bourbonnais Grove’s First School with Dr. Charles Balesi

    The 1837 Log Schoolhouse that was uncovered in Bourbonnais back in 2011 when a building was being demolished on Main Street, has finally been restored and will officially be unveiled to the public tomorrow, November 15th, 2022 at 2pm. Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society Board Director, Dr. Charles Balesi, joins me on this episode of Kankakee…

  • #68: Sarah Falk – Anxious to Energized

    Sarah Falk is no stranger to cancer. She has survived it not one, not two, but FOUR times. Sarah’s hardships caused her anxiety to build up, until eventually one day,  it exploded into severe panic attacks. On this episode of Kankakee Podcast, we learn how Sarah went from anxious to energized and how she helps…