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$186,000 of Kankakee money goes to a Georgia Business
According to local sources, a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) was made to the City of Kankakee asking for copies of documents, check copies   and   all   accounting
records related to the $186,000 the Mayor spent in Georgia for city way- finding signs.
We do not have a copy of the response from the Mayor. The  source  said  the
Mayor replied that the City did not pay: Kankakee Development Corp. paid for the signs.
If interested, you could contact  Bill  Yohnka,  Exec-

$186,000 of Kankakee money goes to a Georgia Business
Ongoing Investigation
by Joanie Liesenfelt, Publisher/Managing Editor
kankakeegazette.com updated 6-3-2013
According to local sources, a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) was made to the City of Kankakee asking for copies of documents, check copies and all accounting records related to the $186,000 the Mayor spent in Georgia for city way- finding signs.
We do not have a copy of the response from the Mayor. The source said the Mayor replied that the City did not pay: Kankakee Development Corp. paid for the signs.
If interested, you could contact  Bill  Yohnka,  Exec-
utive  Director  of  KDC,  to ask about this. Since we do not have documents, perhaps he can shed some light on why we would spend Kankakee money in another state.
While other areas of the country are enjoying an economic upturn, Kankakee area businesses and workers are suffering. While our house prices continue to drop, our unemployment is still on the rise.
Are there no sign makers in Kankakee or the state of Illinois? No one here or in the state who can write a  grant  for signs?   Actually,  
that’s pretty sad.
Wouldn’t you like to see those expenditures and the name on that grant? Wouldn’t you like to know why our elected officials sent money to help people in Norcross, GA, instead of helping Kankakee people and businesses?
Mr. Yohnka has a passion about Kankakee and works hard to improve things. Maybe he can show us what happened here.

Chicago garbage dump
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Also, if you can, please attend the Kankakee County Board meeting this Tuesday June 11, at 9:00 a.m. at 189 E. Court St., corner of Court and Schuyler, at the County administration building in Kankakee. The board room is on the 4th floor.
Public comment is at the beginning of the meeting so you do not have to stay for more than 15 minutes.
We want to fill the room to show support for getting the board to vote NO to the grand plan to make this area the dump for the Chicago region.
To read the transcript of the Kankakee County Board committee discussion of the dump, visit K3Power.org.

$186,000 of Kankakee money goes to a Georgia Business

Ongoing Investigation
by Joanie Liesenfelt, Publisher/Managing Editor
kankakeegazette.com updated 6-3-2013
According to local sources, a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) was made to the City of Kankakee asking for copies of documents, check copies Continue reading

Local newspaper drops the ball again — on purpose

Commentary | KankakeGazette.com | posted 6-3-2013
A memorial service was held for Joan Reed in Kankakee May 7, 2013 at the River North/Freight House Pub at 555 S. West Avenue in Kankakee. Continue reading

Joan Reed April 11, 1948 — April 11, 2013

Joan-Reed-Apr-11-1948-Apr-11-2013

Joan Marie Reed, mother, dear companion, sister, friend, educator, activist, long-time resident of Kankakee, IL, passed away April 11 on her 65th birthday. Continue reading

Local newspaper drops the ball again – on purpose

A memorial service was held for Joan Reed in Kankakee May 7, 2013 at the River North/Freight House Pub at 555 S. West Avenue in Kankakee. Joan’s two children, her dear companion, and many community members who cared about and admired Joan came to honor and miss her.
The announcement of the memorial service, submitted several weeks in advance to a local Kankakee newspaper, somehow befell unimaginable mishaps, as was explained to the several people who called asking why the announcement was not yet in the newspaper.
Finally, the afternoon of the   event,   a   good-hearted
journalist published the “misplaced” announcement.
If Joan was here, her presence would remind us to be persistent and committed to community and to the ethical values she herself practiced.
Let Joan’s memory push us to follow her lead.

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Plywood: board-up risky
handily conceal those up to no good who have broken in.
It’s one of the ironies that the city boards up houses to, what was it, ‘protect them.’ The irony, of course, is this simple building material, rather than deterring thieves, might as well be a neon sign that flashes: “Nobody home! Steal My Plumbing! Trash Me!”
Board-ups are simple and allow city governments to avoid dealing with unoccupied or abandoned housing. Board-ups are no substitute for enlightened policies and procedures on what to do with abandoned homes. Many cities have found the most permanent and cost-effective approach is to sell them for a token amount (say a dollar) to qualified buyers. Then with
help getting the buyer a loan to make a house livable, the house can be occupied quickly.
Cheap plywood has become the substitute for this kind of enlightened local government policy. A sensible plan is aimed at protecting a town’s tax base, keeping down the spread of crime, attracting people who will stay in town, and seeks to make the town a place that draws new productive residents.
After WW II, Berlin had thousands of damaged buildings. Less than a decade later, thoughtful policies, the hard work of German citizens, intelligent financing and clear plan- ning changed Berlin into a showplace of the west.
Kankakee can do the same – it just shouldn’t be to go for the plywood and nails.

Are hundreds of truckloads of Chicagoland garbage coming to your area of the county?

By Darrel W. Bruck, Jr. 6-7-2013
Please call or email Chairman Bossert and your board member: tell them to vote No to changing the County Solid Waste Plan.
The Plan now says: The county is not interested in garbage dump developers coming here to locate a mega Chicago regional garbage dump.
Tell Chairman Bossert and your board member:
VOTE NO to making Kankakee County the garbage dump for Chicago.

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Plywood Beckons!

“Nobody home!
Steal My Plumbing!
Trash Me!”
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$186,000 of Kankakee money goes to a Georgia business

City of Kankakee way-finding signs, purchased from Norcross, Georgia, next to Epstein look-a-like with some text covered to show design features.

City of Kankakee way-finding signs (purchased from Norcross, Georgia) with Epstein look-a-like (some text covered to show design features).

Ongoing Investigation
Posted by Joanie Liesenfelt, Publisher/Managing Editor
kankakeegazette.com 4-7-2013
The City of Kankakee spent $186,000 (or more) for way-finding signs at a Georgia business not a Kankakee business. Mayor Epstein must think Kankakee sign makers are no good. Continue reading

Jarman Porter for Mayor of Kankakee because we deserve better!

It’s past time to:
  • follow the law, saving us wasted legal fees
  • ask the experts (our Police Chief and others) how to prevent crime
  • bring businesses here focused on creating jobs and stimuluting economic growth
  • hire an independent auditor to show us where every penny is being spent.
  • invest more of our city budget in children and schools to head off crime and gangs
Kankakeegazette.com is supporting Jarman Porter for Mayor
Porter will shine a light on Kankakee government
building up instead of boarding up.
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Mayor Epstein: “how can someone determined to commit such a horrendous crime be stopped?”

Kankakee Public Safety Center

Mayor Epstein:
“how can someone determined to commit such a horrendous crime be stopped?”

by Tim Schmidt reprinted from Facebook February 25, 2013 with permission.

Let’s talk about crime.

Can you imagine if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Mayor Bloomberg in New York answered the question of what are you going to do about the rising murder rate in your community like our Mayor has?

In a recent Daily Journal article it read ….

Epstein said there is plenty of room for improvement when it comes to crime reduction, but she said crime statistics have been reduced nearly across the board, except in the all-important category of murder.

“It’s the elephant in the room,” she said. But how can someone determined to commit such a horrendous crime be stopped? she asked. ( Who is she asking? Are we supposed to get the answer for her? Ask the experts.)

Under her leadership, the city restarted the foot patrols Continue reading »

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Jarman Porter: Because we deserve better

Jarman Porter: Because we deserve betterJarman Porter:
Choose the Future

Audio:Get to know Dr. Porter:
hear his presentation at Soul da Soul recorded 3-23-2013 in Kankakee.
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Mayor Epstein: “how can someone determined to commit such a horrendous crime be stopped?

Kankakee Public Safety Center

Mayor Epstein:
“how can someone determined to commit such a horrendous crime be stopped?”

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It’s time for a change: Because we deserve better.

Jarman Porter - because we need an honest Mayor

Jarman Porter will be a smart Mayor
who follows the laws
saving us wasted legal fees.

Mayoral Forum on Tuesday March 26 Kankakee Library (Starts 6 p.m. with Aldermen)

by Tim Schmidt reprinted from Facebook with permission.
Posted to KankakeeGazette.com March 26, 2013

On Tuesday, March 26, if you want to stop the insanity of Kankakee’s decline, join Team Porter as the candidates square off at the library at 6:30 for the mayoral forum. Then come down to Kankakee River North (former Sully’s) where 2nd congressional district nominee, Robin Kelly will be taking questions.

It’s time for a change. Because we deserve better.

Saturday March 23, 2013
Spent a couple of hours at a rally for Democratic candidate Myron Porter. Good mix of people. Elected officials, candidates, state office holders and concerned citizens determined to make a change and get Kankakee back on track.

Meanwhile, in the Republican camp we see the RTA is suing the city again for withholding information a judge has determined they have to disclose, but not these guys. And the lawyers keep on winning. Nearly $500,000 of your tax dollars on a fight Mayor Epstein caused.

Dr. Jarman Porter rally 3-23-2013 at Soul da Soul Kankakee, IL

Get to know Dr. Porter:
hear his presentation at
Soul da Soul recorded
3-23-2013 in Kankakee.

News Briefs 3-31-2013

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Is your ComEd bill 48% less this year?

Posted byJoanie Liesenfelt, Publisher/Managing Editor
kankakeegazette.com 3-20-2013

The Kankakee Mayor claims your ComEd bill decreased 48% (read it here) because of her leadership.

Last fall, the City of Kankakee changed to a different electricity supplier, FirstEnergy Solutions.

Any fourth grader can tell you the 48% math isn’t possible. On average, your total bill for the same kilowatt hours will run about 25-35 percent less. Continue reading »

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Small Town
When you do not stand up
when government and power
retaliate to shut you up,
when you cower under cover,
never speaking up,
you become the attacker,
you give government power
to attack another and another.
You are attacked because
the person before you cowered.
The next is attacked because of you.
So on your feet!
Do not whisper,
do not hide pretending
you do not see,
speak out, loud, here, now,
like you live in America,
before it’s gone.
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October 3, 2013
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“Nobody home!
Steal My Plumbing!
Trash Me!”
Posted by kankakeegazette.com 6-2-2013
Most street-wise people know not to be a victim of crime. Never flash a large roll of cash or open a very full wallet in plain site. Avoid bragging about your Mercedes out in the lot. Avoid certain neighborhoods at all times. Avoid others at peak crime hours. Don’t pick fights in bars. Carry a real police whistle. Carry pepper spray.
These hints aren’t anything new. Criminals needn’t be the brightest bulbs in the lamp to victimize people successfully. Following the hints buys you an edge.
Protecting yourself is frequently straight-forward. Protecting property may be a tad more complex. But, again, basic cautions are simple, particularly when protecting, say, your house.
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