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By | May 26, 2023

KANKAKEE, IL (May 24, 2023) – The City of Kankakee’s Economic and Community Development Agency (ECDA) will host a Community Conversation on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 6:00 PM at the Kankakee County Museum (801 S 8 th Ave). This is the fourth Community Conversation in the 2023 series for the residents of Kankakee. Kankakeeans…


By | May 23, 2023

KANKAKEE, IL (May 23, 2023) – The Economic and Community Development Agency (ECDA) will hold a Small Business Workshop on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the ECDA Office (200 E Court Street, Suite 410, Kankakee). This English-language workshop will provide an overview of traditional versus non-traditional funding sources and…


Investor Spotlight: STARadio

By | May 17, 2023

STARadio STARadio is one of the premier radio groups in the Midwest serving communities in and around Kankakee and Quincy, Illinois. They serve as far as Hannibal, Missouri and have stations in Great Falls, Montana. Their staff members love hearing stories from people in the community. They even have a show called the Morning Round…

Ambassador Spotlight: Shlinda Trudeau

By | May 16, 2023

Shlinda Trudeau Shlinda Trudeau is the Director of Administration and self-professed #2 Cheerleader at Clove Alliance. Before being named Director of Administration in 2022, Shlinda was Clove’s office coordinator and was responsible for answering phone¬†calls, client check-in, and other administrative assistant duties for nine years. She currently leads and oversees the administrative & operational support…

Board Member Spotlight: Rob Warmbir

By | May 16, 2023

Rob Warmbir Rob Warmbir is the Board Vice Chair of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, and owner of RW Property Services which specializes in farmland management, real estate, and auctions. Rob grew up on a grain and livestock operation in Clifton, IL. This is the area in which he still resides. Agriculture has always…

Kankakee Regional Land Bank Authorizes the Hiring of Dr. Reverend Montele Crawford as Executive Director

By | May 4, 2023

The Board of Directors for the Kankakee Regional Land Bank Authority (KRLBA) has authorized the hiring of an executive director to lead the organization. Reverend Dr. Montele Crawford was selected after a nationwide search. Crawford is the Senior Pastor at Morning Star Baptist Church as well as a founding member and Executive Director of the…

Mental Health Panelist – Caitlin Garstkiewicz

By | May 4, 2023

Caitlin Garstkiewicz – I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to mental health care and advocacy. I deeply value community, inclusion, and the celebration of diversity. I have worked in mental health since 2012, and since have worked in a multitude of mental health settings and roles, including forensics, many community based mental health…

Mental Health Panel Keynote Speaker – Aaron Clark

By | May 4, 2023

Aaron Clark was born and raised in Kankakee and attended Kankakee schools. After high school he lived in Atlanta for 16 years where began his life as a community activist. He returned to Kankakee in 2005 as a leader in racial harmony, empowering youth and young adults, and building relationships within his community. As the…


Partner Spotlight – Aqua

By | May 4, 2023

Aqua, an Essential Utilities company, has been protecting and providing Earth’s most essential resource for over 135 years. The water and wastewater infrastructure crisis in the United States means that many communities struggle with dirty, dangerous water – that’s why Aqua partners with communities to be part of the solution. Guided by its core values…

Mental Health Panelist – Lynette Blasingame

By | May 3, 2023

Lynette A. Blasingame, JD is an experienced and dynamic HR Professional with over 15 years’ experience. She partners with business leaders as a strategic thinker to help leaders accomplish short and long-term goals. Her problem-solving ability helps employers ensure legal compliance, reduce risk, increase employee retention and engagement in the workplace. She has written Standard…


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