My ancestry has deep roots in Kankakee County Illinois. My Maternal grandfather was born in the town of Kankakee in 1921. His maternal line had been long time residence of the county since the mid 1850's when they emigrated down from Canada. In the early 1900's his grandfather was the sherrif of Kankakee County and was a well respected member of society.
I have not had the chance to visit Kankakee, but it is on my "To Do List"
If you have roots in Kankakee be sure to visit The Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society. The volunteer researches there have been of tremendous assistance to me over the years.