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Friday, June 2, 2023

Alliance Receives Daily Journal 2023 Progress Award

We are proud to receive the Daily Journal 2023 Progress Award for Excellence in Real Estate. Alliance President/CEO accepted the award with Director of Marketing & Business Attraction Angela Morrey at the awards ceremony June 1.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Kankakee Added to River Edge Redevelopment Zone

Cities in the River Edge Redevelopment Zone are eligible for the Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program, which provides a state income-tax credit equal to 25% of a project’s qualified expenditures to owners of certified historic structures.

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

South Suburban Airport Bill Passes General Assembly

The Illinois State Senate passed a measure to require the Illinois Department of Transportation to begin the process of engaging private developers with interest in building a cargo airport in the south suburbs, a significant step forward in the effort to build a cargo hub in the area. This legislation passed with bipartisan support in the Illinois House and Senate and now goes to the Governor’s desk for signature. 

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Friday, May 12, 2023

Diesel Technology Program to Begin Locally

A new Diesel Technology Training Program at Kankakee Community College will accept students beginning this summer. Students will be able to complete six diesel classes in 16 weeks. Classes will meet at KCC’s Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center on south Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee, and LaBeau Bros. on east Court Street in Kankakee. It also will include a video series from PACCAR with aspects of the Peterbilt Training Academy.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

KCC receives designation as a Military Friendly® School for 2023

Kankakee Community College is one of 28 small community colleges across the nation with a gold ranking in the 2023 Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, published in conjunction with “G.I. Jobs” magazine. Typically, KCC has about 60 veterans who enroll each year, according to the college’s Office of Financial Aid. Among veterans, there are 35 KCC student veterans currently utilizing VA Education benefits.

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Monday, May 1, 2023

B2B Webinar Wednesday, May 3

The Back to Business program’s new round of grants has $175 million available to provide to qualifying restaurants, hotels, and creative arts organizations. All applicants will receive a grant as long as they meet eligibility requirements and submit proper documentation and attestations required by the program.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Riverside named 2023 Innovator in Healthcare for New ER

The two-phased, $14 million project to upgrade Riverside Medical Center’s emergency room was the first major overhaul of the emergency department in more than 30 years. The space was fully redesigned over the course of 18 months.

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