Kankakee now #4 in US for worst outbreak, Healthy Business Alliance killing Kankakee County


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KANKAKEE – The Health Business Alliance says it all doesn’t it? It’s simply astonishing and a prime example of what happened when local officials with no grasp of science or advisors will do when left to their own devices.  Focus on business. 

Ironically enough, the first bullet in their goals is to focus on the health and wellness of area residents. Mission failed. Second goal? Maintaining our healthcare system. That’s a bust as IDPH pointed out Tuesday. Third? Protecting critical resources. Okay, that could be anything. Riot control? Property management? Let’s say “money insurance” for the sake of moving this along.

The fourth point? Return to a safe, robust economy. Sort of like saying “let’s start at the finish line” during a marathon and as any Cross Country Coach would tell you, qualifies for immediate disqualification.

It’s safe to say Kankakee has earned an F in the pandemic. If the COVID-19 pandemic had XBOX Achievements we could give Kankakee the ‘Entrepreneurial Pandemic Management Award‘ to save grace.  With 97 hospitalized and averaging nearly a death a day in the county, there is no participation award for you. The real pandemic in Kankakee is stupidity fed by a dangerous combination of arrogance and persona that has wrapped itself lovingly around COVID-19.

Where is Oliver Queen when you need him?

The idea these officials have encouraged local businesses marked by health experts for target closures to stay open should be enough to get any resident mad as hell and earned Kankakee a well-deserved spot as #4 by the New York Times nationwide for “Where the Outbreak is Worst Now” Wednesday morning. 

Kankakee is outranked only by two North Dakota towns and El Paso, TX.

Current 11-18-20 [Chart: New York Times]

So what brought us to this point?  No, I’m not going to start a timeline and point out the fact that the County Board has called enforcing mitigations a ‘fool’s errand’ or the fact that Kankakee’s Sheriff has refused to enforce a mask mandate that’s been in effect since May in Illinois.  I’m not going to do that.

I’m not going to point out that some franchises like Texas Roadhouse in Bradley have taken down outdoor dining tents and continue to do business.  I’m not going to call out the Village of Bradley for having in-person meetings all throughout the pandemic when they could have been virtual. I’m not going to go on a rant about how bars in Kankakee are still advertising Trivia nights and concerts. 

I’m not going to point out grocery store workers in Bourbonnais wear masks below their noses and stand in group concerts blocking entrances before and after shifts regularly, contaminating the air for all who enter in the process. Or that schools in Bourbonnais are holding their breath saying ‘we can last a few more hours’ at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This isn’t a snow day.

The fact remains the State of Illinois has done everything and more to warn local officials to get off their ass and enforce mitigation to prevent deaths. TIER 1 started way back on October 23rd, and locals did nothing. TIER 2 began and officials just stood confused shuffling away duties. It finally took the courage of a local health administrator to go directly to the community as a whole asking for help, and still, we see signs of reluctance across all sides.

What do you call repeating the same action and expecting different results?

Is Kankakee County insane?

It would explain the history of mental institutions thriving here. But the pure lack of empathy calls for the term psychotic to be used. Get off your soapbox with the whole ‘COVID-19 fatigue’, I’m not saying it’s not a real thing, but you’ve become compliant, an ally to the virus. Your ‘COVID fatigue’ is driven by nothing more than the same desire that drives the popularity of TikTok, and let’s face it, lip-synching while your grandparents are dying is beyond lame.

Get over yourself Kankakee, because you’re three spots away from being THE WORST in a pandemic.

Shane Saathoff
Shane Saathoffhttp://www.SocialSnowball.com
An active writer for two decades, Shane's focuses on local news and events throughout the area, Shane is an active historian, science nerd, and tech geek. Shane is a native of Bourbonnais, IL, and alumni of Olivet Nazarene University.


  1. It appears thou only applied that the reason for the lock down starting Friday is to prevent overwhelming the hospitals. Lock down can address this problem if people are willing for follow it, but the likelihood today is less certain then in April. The lock down and mask wearing once started has never ended and the reasons give except for overwhelming hospitals are by simple observation WRONG. Flu is another Corona virus, an airborne virus. A century of experience should have taught us how to deal with airborne viruses. What works and what doesn’t. We do not lock down or wear mask for the Flu. How do we prevent overwhelming hospitals is to treat infected individual as out patents at the start of them catching Covid19. Dr. Fauci in 2005 approved of a CDC paper saying that Hydroxichloroquine works. But there is no profit in HCQ for big pharma or hospitals, both place profit more important then lives, it appears. The video of closing remarks from a conference were removed from the internet because it presented the truth. The organization is http://www.americansfrontlinedoctor.com can help. Interview long format of a doctor is on Candace Owens page.


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