Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Kankakee Community College hosting Job Fair April 5, 2011

Kankakee Community College is hosting a job fair April 5, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kankakee College Center.  The job fair is open to the public.  Professional attire is required and you should bring many copies of your resume.

Several Kankakee County employers will be at the job far, such as: Provena St. Mary's, Sears Logistic Services, Riverside Health Systems, and many more.

For more information, contact the KCC Office of Continuing Education and Career Services: 815-802-8202 or e-mail 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hispanics now 9% of Kankakee County Population, an increase of 105% since 2000

The New York Times has released a new map which shows the results of the 2010 census, including changes in racial and ethnic concentrations and patterns of housing development for each county in the United States.

For Kankakee County, total population in 2010 was 113, 449, an increase of 9.3% since 2000.  According to the map, in 2010 whites comprised 73% of Kankakee's population, blacks comprised 15%, asians comprised 1%, and those identifying as multiracial comprised 2%.  Go to the map for more info, including information on neighboring counties.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Robbins Family named Farm Family of the Year

The Robbins Family has been named the 2011 Farm Family of the year by the Kankakee Daily Journal:

Jim Robbins spoke at the ceremony, highlighting how important it is for farmers to reach out to non-farm neighbors to explain what farmers do and how they help feed a growing population.

Robbins also discussed the importance of farm exports to the US economy at the event.

In March of 2008, Jim Robbins was featured in a Newsweek article highlighting the importance of grain exports during the economic downturn:

"Jim Robbins's 3,000-acre family farm in Peotone, Ill., may not seem like a vital cog in the global economy. And yet Robbins, a fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer, exports 90 percent of his crops. Each year they either roll on trains to the Pacific Northwest or float on barges down the Illinois River, the first leg of their journey to Asia. "The containers that are bringing everything from China and Taiwan, we're shipping them back with corn, soybeans and soybean meal," he says."

Congratulations to the Robbins family!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Governors State University's leaving Kankakee Education Center in downtown Kankakee

 In May 2006, Governors State University partnered with Kankakee Community College to open the "Kankakee Education Center" in downtown Kankakee.  In order to bring affordable education to the Kankakee area, "GSU worked with Kankakee Community College to make the Center a reality," according to the GSU website.

The Kankakee Education Center is located at 187 S. Schuyler Avenue in the historic Clock Tower Centre.

Governors State University signage in the windows in the Clock Tower Center in downtown Kankakee

Due to low enrollment, GSU announced it will not renew its lease in the building, as reported by the Daily Journal.