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A podcast about the people and places of Kankakee County, IL. Hosted by, Jake LaMore. A new episode is released every Monday.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

A podcast about the people and places of Kankakee County, IL. Hosted by, Jake LaMore. A new episode is released every Monday.

    Episode 13: Nick Huffman - Beyond The Looney Bin

    Episode 13: Nick Huffman - Beyond The Looney Bin

    Nick Huffman at The Looney Bin in Bradley, IL. 


    I'm sure you know who Nick Huffman is or have at least heard his name. I feel like most of us have talked with close friends who have told us stories about Nick over the years. I've met Nick a few times over the last three years or so but it was always a handshake and hello. I've always wanted to get to know him better beyond the stories I'd hear about him. That opportunity came up last week when I sat down with Nick at his office inside The Looney Bin. I had no idea what I was in for. I learned things that gave me chills up and down my spine. It wasn't all bone chilling stories though. There are plenty of heart warming stories to be heard in this episode as well.


    Thank you Nick for being so open with me. I'm happy we finally met each other properly. 


    Much Love,


    Jake LaMore


    P. S. We are recording our very first episode of Kankakee Podcast in front of a live audience on Saturday, August 14th at Heroes, Hogs, and Hot Rods in downtown Manteno from 1:30pm to 2:45pm! This is absolutely FREE to the public. Anyone can come! I'm currently seeking sponsors to help cover the cost of this special episode. If your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, please email me for the details at lamoremediallc@gmail.com. Thank you! 

    • 2 hr 10 min
    Episode 12: Preservation Realty - Downtown Kankakee Economic Development

    Episode 12: Preservation Realty - Downtown Kankakee Economic Development

    Old Midland States Bank Building at the corning of Schuyler and Station Street in Kankakee.


    Pope Brace Building on South Washington Avenue near Court Street in Kankakee.


    We take a deep dive into the major economic developments that are currently happening in downtown Kankakee with Preservation Realty. Joining us on this episode is Lisa Wogan, Barbi Brewer-Watson, Dave Baron, and Nicole Smolkovich. Two of the projects included in this endeavor are the repurposing of the old Pope Brace Building and the former Midland States Bank Building in downtown Kankakee. I found it to be really exciting to hear the great things that are happening in order to help Kankakee flourish into a new golden age. The beautiful thing about this is that each one of us can take part in this growth. However, It's up to us on whether we choose to climb aboard or not. 


    Much Love,


    Jake LaMore


    P. S. We are recording our very first episode of Kankakee Podcast in front of a live audience on Saturday, August 14th at Heroes, Hogs, and Hot Rods in downtown Manteno from 1:30pm to 2:45pm! This is absolutely FREE to the public. Anyone can come! I'm currently seeking sponsors to help cover the cost of this special episode. If your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, please email me for the details at lamoremediallc@gmail.com. Thank you! 





     

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 11: 1920s Prohibition from Chicago to Kankakee

    Episode 11: 1920s Prohibition from Chicago to Kankakee

    Schuyler Avenue in downtown Kankakee in the 1920s.


    It's that time of the month already where we are joined by the Kankakee County Museum to put out a special episode of Kankakee Podcast! Executive Director, Veronica Featherston, and Research Coordinator, Jorie Walters, take us back to the Prohibition era of the 1920s. As you probably already know, Chicago's Al Capone was one of the most prolific bootleggers of that time in history. Jorie tells us about the possible connections between Capone and the Kankakee area. I'm using the word possible because there is no hard evidence to back this up. It certainly is fun to imagine and talk about though! After all, there is a good chance that these stories are true given Al Capone's character and nature. If it wasn't Capone, it could have easily been another bootlegger from Chicago. 

    • 1 hr
    Episode 10: The Globetrotting Martin Sisters with Ryan Hall

    Episode 10: The Globetrotting Martin Sisters with Ryan Hall

    Ryan Hall holding a picture of his great great aunts, Mable & Lula Martin. 


    A few weeks ago I received a message on the Jake LaMore Facebook Page from a guy named, Ryan Hall. He told me how much he enjoyed listening to Kankakee Podcast and how he would love to share the story of his famous great great aunts, The Globetrotting Martin Sisters. I had never heard of them before! I did a quick Google search on the Martin sisters and the first thing I found was an article in The Daily Journal from 2018 written by, Jack Klasey. After I read the sentence in the article about how the sisters traveled to over 75 countries, I gave Ryan the green light to come onto the podcast to talk about his adventurous relatives. I live to hear stories like this about Kankakee County residents. Thanks for sending me that Facebook message and being on the podcast, Ryan!


    Much Love,


    Jake LaMore


     


    Below are pictures, keepsakes, souvenirs, & YouTube vidoes of Mable & Lula Martin that Ryan was willing to share with me. 









































     


    YouTube Video of African Safari in 1953:


    https://youtu.be/XhsfgjP0K2U

    • 49 min
    Episode 9: Musa Man (Zion Ali)

    Episode 9: Musa Man (Zion Ali)

    Left to Right: Musa Man (Zion Ali) and his good friend, Joe Martin.


    I've always believed it's super important to support local original music. As you can imagine, it's extremely difficult to launch a successful career writing and performing songs for a living. It's not impossible though as Musa Man, a.k.a. Zion Ali points out in today's episode of Kankakee Podcast. His positivity radiated throughout the room as we sat and talked. It felt good to feel his drive and determination to reach the stars with his music and acting chops. 


     


    Zion writes and releases his own music under the name, Musa Man. He just dropped a brand new feel good song called, "Got Me In A Dream". His best friend, Joe Martin, helped him shoot the music video for it, which they filmed in downtown Kankakee.


    Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/5-H_8ztf3I8 


     


    Thanks for being on the podcast, Zion and Joe! I had a lot of fun talking with you both. I thoroughly believe both of you are going to achieve great things together. 


     


    Much Love,


    Jake LaMore

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 8: Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Molly Ehrich

    Episode 8: Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Molly Ehrich

    Several months ago I saw my fellow 2009 Bishop McNamara High School classmate, Molly Ehrich, post a status on Facebook stating that she was going to hike the Appalachian Trail. Mind you, this isn't some excursion you attempt to do on a Sunday afternoon. The trail is over 2,000 miles long. So when I read Molly's Facebook status, I commented on it saying, "When you finish, come onto Kankakee Podcast and tell me about it!" Molly replied, "I probably won't remember much." When she got back to Illinois, she messaged me right away and said, "I remembered".


    So did Molly successfully hike the ENTIRE Appalachian Trail? Listen to find out how the adventure ends!


    Thank you for talking with me, Molly. It was great catching up with you!


    Much Love,


    Jake LaMore

    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

LuvBlackHookers ,

Kudos, Jake!

I love how much you love our area, because it’s a great area. It’s full of incredible people. We get a bad rap for the same reason then only one out of every 10 people who have a positive experience vocalize that whereas you’re 10 times more likely to complain if you’ve had a bad experience. It seems worse because the most toxic voices to be the loudest ones. Those people don’t have anything at all to do with our area minus the fact that they reside here. If they were to move elsewhere, they be saying the same crap at the same value because that is who they are as people, not who we are as a community. I appreciate what you’re doing.

JordanArseneau ,

Grateful for Kankakee Podcast

I haven’t lived in Kankakee for 20 years but I’m still fond of it and try to keep up with local reporting. Along with the Daily Journal and WVLI, Kankakee Podcast is a wonderful way to connect with what I remember while also learning new things about the community I miss. Jake LaMore is a terrific host who asks insightful questions—allowing his subjects to explain and describe their stories in an entertaining and informative way. The theme music by Lupe Caroll is a folksy, soothing ode to the River Valley and bookends the crisp audio production of Kankakee Podcast very well. If you love endearing interviews focused on the K3 area in a cleanly produced, digestible format, this is the podcast for you. — Jordan Arseneau, Editor/Producer WLS-TV, ABC 7 Chicago

Jenny Schoenwetter ,

Great way to meet the people of Kankakee

The first interview was very interesting and insightful. Thanks for giving us a reason to look forward to Mondays now!

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