Kankakee Church Aims for November Rebirth after 2022 Collapse


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KANKAKEE, Ill. – Over a year after a heartbreaking collapse, the True Vine Church in Kankakee is poised for a triumphant return. 

The religious landmark, located at Harrison and River Streets, faced a devastating collapse in July 2022 due to heavy rains and structural vulnerabilities.

The community united in its determination to rebuild, spurred by Aldermen Mike O’Brien and Dave Baron, who worked alongside city officials and church leadership. A meticulously crafted site plan was submitted three weeks ago, gaining approval after rigorous evaluation by the city’s building and code department and engineers.

With construction permits now issued, the True Vine Church is on track to stand tall once again, and the Kankakee community can expect to see the historic structure fully restored sometime around November. 


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