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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.

Joanie Liesenfelt
October 3, 2013
Who will try?
We will:
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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

8-13-2012 – Update Bourbonnais Township Park District Sticks it to taxpayers again

UPDATING 8-20-2012
Revisit the June and July events:

by Darrel Bruck |
Posted by kankakeegazette.com staff News & OpinionJune 9, 2012 12:46 p.m.

The Bourbonnais Township Park District is currently at the maximum debt level allowed under the Tax Cap Law.

They have now come up with a creative financing plan to borrow an additional $3.1 million dollars to buy Hidden Cove and park upgrades. This will keep maximum taxation on property owners for years to come.

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Kankakee River Valley Prescription Pill &
Drug Disposal program

This program is funded by a $20 assessment levied against persons who commit specified drug offenses.

“Municipalities and state governments don’t have to pay,” says Paul Ritter, ecology teacher and director of the National Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program (P2D2)Continue reading

Students speak in Springfield for P2D2

March 17, 2011

High School Students Help Pass Landmark Legislation

by Megan DobranskyJune 1, 2011  Continue reading

Houses in the neighborhood
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself

Prescription Pill & Drug
Drop-Off Locations

Aroma Park Village Hall
2200 S. Lowe. Road
Aroma Park, IL 60910

Bradley Police Dept.
147 S. Michigan Avenue
Bradley, IL 60915

Bourbonnais Police Dept.
700 Main Street NW
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Grant Park Police Dept.
100 E. Taylor Street
Grant Park, IL 60940

Herscher Village Hall
272 E. 2nd Street
Herscher, IL 60941

Illinois State Police,
District 21

Illinois Rte. 116 &
U.S. Rte 45
Ashkum, IL 60911

Jerome Combs
Detention Center

3050 Justice Way
Kankakee, IL 60901

Kankakee Police Dept.
385 E. Oak Street
Kankakee, IL 60901

Kankakee Sheriff’s
Police Dept.

3000 S. Justice Way
Kankakee, IL 60901

Manteno Police Dept.
269 N. Main St.
Manteno, IL 60950

Momence Police Dept.
123 W. River Street
Momence, IL 60954

St. Anne Village Hall
190 W. Station Street
St. Anne, IL 60964

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.
Joanie Liesenfelt
October 3, 2013
Who will try?
Citizen Media Law Project: Legal Resources for Citizen Journalists
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Mandela wasn't afraid to speak his mind and stand up for what he believed. In his efforts, he has changed the world for the better. And his passionate conviction has inspired many others to do the same.
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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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