Kankakee county is located in northeast Illinois south of Chicago and Will County on the Indiana state line. The name is derived from the Potawatomi language meaning "Beautiful River."
In its early history there was an influx of French-Canadians to the county (in 1851) led by Charles Chiniquy, a "renegade priest". He "claimed" to have as many as 6,000 followers in his congregation by 1852.
Attractions to the area include the Kankakee River, the inspiration for Kankakee River State Park, and educational opportunities including Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais and Kankakee Community College in the county seat of Kankakee.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 102,720, an increase of 6,465 over the 1990 census.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
Additional information is available at these pages:
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Morris) Grundy County
(Watseka) Iroquois County
(Kankakee) Kankakee County
(Ottawa) La Salle County
(Pontiac) Livingston County
(Joliet) Will County
06/04 Coming to The Kankakee area
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival Kenosha WI April20 This fun-filled event includes cheese from around the state of Wisconsin, some of the area’s finest beers and live music.
Earth Day Indiana Festival Indianapolis IN April27 On the final Saturday of every April, thousands of Hoosiers head to downtown Indianapolis to attend one of the nation's largest Earth Day festivals. The Earth Day Indiana Festival combines 140 environmental and conservation exhibits with live music, special activities for kids and good food.
North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
Redbud Trail Rendezvous Rochester IN April27-28 See living history of frontier Midwest America, historic camps, music and dance of the period, traditional crafts, food cooked over wood fires, blanket trading, tomahawk and muzzle-loading shooting contests. The village has 40 wooden booths, traditional crafts, blanket trading and muzzle loading shooting matches.
Chocolate Fest Long Grove IL May3-5 Dive into three days of nothing but CHOCOLATE! Mmm, chocolate strawberries, donuts, and much more! Every spring, the Village of Long Grove celebrates the existence of the world's best tasting antioxidant.
Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair Lombard IL May5 The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair is held annually on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth in downtown Lombard. All of the proceeds received from the craft booth rentals are donated to local charities. Features 140 craft exhibitors and 4000 attendees throughout the day.