Recent Episodes

  • #67: Kankakee Paranormal Investigations Team – Kankakee County Museum

    Happy Halloween! Please enjoy this spooktacular episode of Kankakee Podcast that was recorded live at the Kankakee County Museum with the Kankakee Paranormal Investigations Team on Saturday, October 15th, 2022. The team shares some of their spookiest paranormal experiences in Kankakee County and so much more. After the recording, we headed over to the Taylor…

  • #66: City Cash

    Jimmy Retondo, Nick Steele, and Nick Galik of Kankakee rock trio, City Cash, join us on this episode of Kankakee Podcast to talk about their debut album that was just released a few months ago! Listen to their debut album on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7yk4pxI5MB5VGMddEP2WPM?si=36aUvCiqQgGDbe1keF7GDA Official website: https://citycashmusic.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100072477255372 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/citycashmusic/ Much Love, Jake LaMore P.S.…

  • #65: Adam Elroy – From Teacher to Financial Advisor

    I first met Adam Elroy earlier this year and became fascinated with his story of how he went from being a grade school history teacher in Bourbonnais to becoming a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones in Kankakee. I’ve always struggled with my finances and understanding what a financial advisor truly does. I know I couldn’t…

  • #64: Ted Petersen – NFL Super Bowl Champion

    Ted Petersen was born and raised in Momence, IL. When he started playing football in the early 1970s at Momence High School, he did it just to feel like he was one of the guys. Petersen never imagined he would end up becoming All American in college, going pro, and winning two Super Bowl Championships.…

  • #63: Tim Milner – Milner Media Partners

    Milner Media Partners began all the way back in 1983. Tim Milner and his brother Tommy were attending a Sox game together in Chicago. Before going to the game, they stopped at a bar nearby the stadium. The bar was playing 99.9 FM.  The two brothers had been trying to buy their own radio station…

  • #62: The Great Inter-State Fair – Kankakee County Museum

    The Great Inter-State Fair existed in Kankakee from 1911 to 1932 and took place in what is present day Old Fair Park. At one point, it was almost as large as the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Jack Klasey of the Kankakee County Museum joins us once again to share the incredible story.  Upcoming events…

  • Manteno Oktoberfest Begins Today, Ends On Sunday

    The beloved Manteno Oktoberfest returns to downtown Manteno today and runs through this Sunday, September 25th, 2022! Last year, we saw big changes to the festival with the addition of several stages throughout the downtown area, providing a variety of free live music for everyone to enjoy. Another thing I thought was a great idea…

  • #61: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church with Father Nick Greanias

    I’ve always wanted to learn more about the Greek community here in Kankakee County. We’re finally diving into that subject a little bit here on Kankakee Podcast with Father Nick Greanias of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Kankakee! Even if you’re not a religious person yourself, please give this episode a try. The majority…

  • #60: The Bennett-Curtis House with Scott Zizic

    We are on location once again for this episode of Kankakee Podcast! Except this time, we find ourselves at the most well known house in all of Grant Park, The Bennett-Curtis House. The owner, Scott Zizic, was kind enough to take some time out of his day to talk with me about the history of the…

  • #59: Locavore Farm with Rachael Jones

    Locavore, pronounced like carnivore, is someone who’s diet consists of mostly locally grown or produced food. At Locavore Farm in Grant Park, you can dine on the land at a 100 foot table eating food that was all organically grown just a few steps away from where you’re sitting. Rachael Jones joins us on this episode…

  • #58: Angela Morrey – Economic Alliance of Kankakee County

    What is economic development and what does it look like here in Kankakee County? Angela Morrey, the Director of Marketing and Business Attraction at the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, joins us on this episode of Kankakee Podcast to answer those questions! I know I have a much better understanding of what economic development is…

  • #57: Electric Park – Kankakee County Museum

    Long before the days of what is present day Beckman Park in Kankakee, stood Electric Park from 1894 to the early 1920s. Jorie Walters and Jack Klasey from the Kankakee County Museum join us on this episode of Kankakee Podcast to give us the history of the once popular entertainment spot. The museum’s fall mums…

  • #56: The Name’s Redenius. Doug Redenius. – Ian Fleming Foundation

    His name is Redenius. Doug Redenius. And he takes care of 41 authentic vehicles from the James Bond 007 films right here in Kankakee County for The Ian Fleming Foundation.  View the complete list of Bond vehicles here: http://www.ianflemingfoundation.org/welcome-new.html Email Doug: Redenius@ianflemingfoundation.org As a huge James Bond fan, I truly enjoyed recording this episode. Thank…

  • #55: Heather Wagner – Country Singer

    St. Anne country artist, Heather Wagner, joins us on this episode of Kankakee Podcast to talk about the newest version of her song, “Gone”, that was just released this past Friday.  “Gone” Featuring ATG, can be found now on all streaming platforms as well as a music video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/k8FWqiGvEik Follow Heather Wagner on…

  • #54: Merchant Street Music Fest 2022

    Merchant Street Music Fest, the biggest music festival of the year in Kankakee County, takes place this Friday and Saturday in downtown Kankakee near the train depot. I thought it would be fun to give you an overview of the local acts that are playing the fest this year. That way when you go to…