Recent Episodes

  • #53: Strickler Planetarium – Jeri LaMont & Steve Case

    I hate to burst your bubble but The Big Dipper is not a constellation of stars. I know, shocking, right? I learned SO many things while having a conversation with both Jeri LaMont and Steve Case of Olivet Nazarene University’s Strickler Planetarium. Having a planetarium located in Kankakee County is a pretty cool thing. I…

  • #52: Hotel Riverview – Kankakee County Museum

    Before all the grand homes were built near present day Cobb Park in Kankakee, stood the luxurious Hotel Riverview. Even though the hotel only lasted from 1887 to 1897, it’s legacy has become one of the many crown jewels in our county’s history. I’m delighted to once again be joined by Jack Klasey and Jorie…

  • Episode 51: Mattea’s Joy – Jamie Freedlund

    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…

  • Episode 50: Connect Roasters – Caleb Benoit

    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…

  • Episode 49: Emily LaVoie – Eating Psychology Coach

    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…

  • Episode 48: Kent Wade Guest Hosts – Talks Juneteenth 2022

    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…

  • Episode 48: Kent Wade Guest Hosts – Talks Juneteenth 2022 (Early Access)

    Since day one of started 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…

  • Episode 47: Knack Brewing – Matt & Emily Strysik

    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…

  • Episode 46: Jake Vaughn – Patron Episode

    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…

  • Miss King Music’s Build-A-Band Event? WATCH HERE

    This past Friday, May 20th, King Music in Bradley brought their Build-A-Band Program to perform live at Brookmont Bowling Center in Kankakee. It was an honor to shoot video for the event. Watch the full performance above! King Music plans to do this again soon with another group of kids. So if you have a…

  • Episode 45: Bill Dyche – Music Educator

    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…

  • Episode 44: The Small Family – Kankakee County Museum

    Dr. Small at right, Len at left holding infant grandson Len Howard, and in middle, Len’s son Leslie (father of Len Howard). 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…

  • Episode 43: Jessica Bessette a.k.a. Bess Jess

    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…

  • Episode 42: Haylibug Lemonadez – Iva & Hayli Martenez

    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…

  • Episode 41: Simon Topliss – United Kingdom to America

    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…