53 episodes

A podcast about the people and places of Kankakee County, IL. Hosted by, Jake LaMore.

Kankakee Podcast LaMore Media L.L.C.

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

A podcast about the people and places of Kankakee County, IL. Hosted by, Jake LaMore.

    Episode 51: Mattea’s Joy - Jamie Freedlund

    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 on this episode of Kankakee Podcast to share the special story behind Mattea's Joy and to remind us to find "Joy in the Journey". Whether that journey is a good or bad one. 


    Mattea's Joy Links: 

    Website: https://www.matteasjoy.org/

    Joy In The Journey Podcast: https://pod.link/1597802527

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matteasjoy

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matteasjoy/


    Thank you for all you do for families in Kankakee County, Jamie! 


    Much Love,

    Jake LaMore


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    • 48 min
    Episode 50: Connect Roasters - Caleb Benoit

    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 born and raised in Kankakee County, joins us on this episode of Kankakee Podcast to explain the ins and outs of the coffee business. 


    The Wake N' Jake Dark Roast Coffee that's currently for sale on our website was made by Connect Roasters. Grab yourself a bag today for 50% off by using the coupon code wakenjake at checkout!


    Shop Here: https://kankakeepodcast.com/product/wake-n-jake-premium-dark-roast-coffee/


    Learn more about Connect Roasters: 

    Website: https://www.connectroasters.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/connectroasters

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/connectroasters/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/connectroasters

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@connectroasters


    Much Love,

    Jake LaMore


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 49: Emily LaVoie - Eating Psychology Coach

    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 people improve their relationship with food. It may sound silly but after listening to this episode, I think you'll be blown away by just how much psychology there is behind eating food. 


    Follow Emily LaVoie:



    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilylavoie_eatingpsychology/


    Official website:



    Thank you for your time, Emily!


    Much Love,

    Jake LaMore


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 48: Kent Wade Guest Hosts - Talks Juneteenth 2022

    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 our most popular episodes. Now, Kent is back to take over the show for one episode to explain the importance of Juneteenth and why it's a holiday every American should celebrate. He also gives us a rundown of events happening in Kankakee County the week of Juneteenth that we can attend. Wade is joined by one his closet friends and well known member of the Kankakee community, Darnell Davis Jr. a.k.a. Keep It Smooth.  


    View Kankakee Juneteenth Celebration Community Council Events: https://www.facebook.com/1865JCCC 


    Learn more about Kent Wade: https://www.facebook.com/dalibraryguy


    Learn more about Keep It Smooth: https://www.facebook.com/keepitsmooth12


    Much Love,

    Jake LaMore


    Support the podcast and become a patron: https://patron.podbean.com/kankakeepodcast


    • 53 min
    Episode 47: Knack Brewing - Matt & Emily Strysik

    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 down with the owners, Matt & Emily Strysik, to find out exactly what the knack is at Knack Brewing and Fermentations.


    Visit their official website: https://knackbrewing.com/

    Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok: @knackbrewandferm


    Congratulations on your opening!


    Much Love,

    Jake LaMore 


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    • 57 min
    Episode 46: Jake Vaughn - Patron Episode

    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 episode with BBCHS Band Director, Bill Dyche. Jake was taught by Mr. Dyche in high school. Currently, you can find Jake playing around the Kankakee area at various events and open mics. He also works at Rise Baking Company in Manteno. Jake is always looking for new gigs to play. You can contact him at jakevaughnmusic@gmail.com if you're interested. 


    Thank you for all of your support, Jake! 


    Much Love,

    Jake LaMore


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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Kathleen@ ,


Love the cast on Prohibition! Fun and interesting. Host has a wonderful radio voice and is great at his job.

Girl_Living_With_Purpose ,

Interesting Interviews and Insights

Jake has some wonderful guests on his show and represents Kankakee County well. He brings a fresh perspective and insight.

KankakeeBill ,

Mining great local stories

I love that Jake paints a interesting picture of the Kankakee area by the way he conducts interviews and the wonderful variety of community members he has on the program.

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