Chicago's taxi cab cartel donated $180,750 to 61 state legislators in 2014-15, including Rep. Kate Cloonen (D-Kankakee), encouraging them to help preserve their traditional monopoly by banning ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft in Illinois.
St. George Community Consolidated School District 258 had the highest rate – 42.4 percent – of students locally who passed the annual state assessments this year, according to a Kankakee Times analysis of Illinois State Board of Education data.
Thomas Lombard House, an intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled in Momence, was cited by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for violations of the Nursing Home Care Act in the third quarter of 2017.
Gov. Bruce Rauner recently announced he will sign controversial abortion funding expansion House Bill 40 into law, which critics say will increase the number of abortions from the reported 116 in Kankakee County in 2015.
A new public school funding bill recently passed by the Illinois Legislature, SB1947, includes a scholarship program that would award donated funds to students in lower-income families — up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level — to provide them the opportunity to attend private schools.
Kankakee County's 14 school districts will receive an extra $4.57 million this year if the Illinois House accepts Gov. Bruce Rauner's version of a school funding bill, according to an analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education.