Tag: Kankakee Illinois

Do you judge me?

Do you judge me?
This is a story about homelessness and a very special community that is doing something about it. I came upon this story from my longtime friend Noelle Bradley, in Bourbonnais, IL who asked me to help promote an event at Asbury United Methodist Church, in Kankakee, IL, my hometown. I love my hometown.  It is... Read more »

April 4, a day in History for Civil Rights

April 4, a day in History for Civil Rights
Exactly 49 years after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. there was a civil rights victory in my hometown.  Dr. King’s work helped pave the way.   The work of this amazing man lives on nearly half a century after he was struck down by an assassin’s bullet at the Lorraine Motel in... Read more »

What’s the state of race in America?

What’s the state of race in America?
Maybe things are not as bad as they seem?  Although bigotry has made a strong comeback under the guise of “an end to political correctness,” we have not slid back to the 1950s, 60s, or another era. There is evidence of that in a Mayoral race just south of Chicago, in Kankakee, Illinois. Kankakee is... Read more »
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Finding the Shepherds

Finding the Shepherds
In America, we live in divided times with a big dose of cynicism thrown in for good measure.  It seems like we’re always at one another’s throats.  The nation is polarized and angry.  Politicians like that. When they polarize us they can exploit our anger.  When they harness hate for the other side, then they... Read more »

The little County that could

The little County that could
The Little Engine that Could is a children’s book that most of us read or was read to us.  It is a story written by Watty Piper, under the pen name Arnold Munk.  The story is used to teach the value of optimism.  It is also used to teach the lesson that no matter how... Read more »

Flynn, Trump and a new political reality

Flynn, Trump and a new political reality
I’m sure Steve Bannon is pleased that Mike Flynn courageously became the press’ new chew-toy, albeit involuntarily.  That takes heat off King Bannon to do what he does best; invent stories out of whole cloth that make everyone pull their hair out.  He’s really good at that. No need for Mr. Bannon to invent that... Read more »
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I appreciate the offers to join the Democratic Party, but…

I appreciate the offers to join the Democratic Party, but…
There are a lot of good things about the National Democratic Party these days.  Things that as a former Republican are quite attractive to me.  First, they are the party of Free Trade.  Free trade was practiced as a near-religion by those of us who were part of the Reagan Revolution.  Freeing trade and tearing... Read more »

Ku Klux Klan fliers being distributed just south of Chicago

Ku Klux Klan fliers being distributed just south of Chicago
There are reports of Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers being distributed throughout Kankakee County and in surrounding areas.  Last week, there were reports of fliers like the one pictured above found in Manteno, in the northern end of Kankakee County. This week, reports are coming from Essex, Bradley, and Chebanse IL, of the same type... Read more »

A cash-strapped community invests in itself

A cash-strapped community invests in itself
How many Park Districts have dissolved in Illinois?  If you answered zero, you would be correct. The Park District in Kankakee, Illinois is teetering on being the first Park District to dissolve in Illinois.  Out of money, the entire staff was laid off in December. Political infighting and financial mismanagement have put the District on... Read more »
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'Tis the season to care for others

'Tis the season to care for others
A Friday in December seems like a good time to take a break from politics. Besides, it’s the season of parties, gifts, family togetherness and big meals. It is also the season of the longest nights of the year. For many, those nights are longer and darker and colder than they are for others. It... Read more »