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Free outdoor recreational amenity available

Bourbonnais, IL – The Village of Bourbonnais and Bourbonnais Township Park District announce the seasonal skate equipment has returned to the outdoor park located behind the Village of Bourbonnais Administration Building at 600 Main Street NW. The recreational space is a collaborative effort between both organizations and provides a safe location for the community to skate. Park hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or dusk, whichever comes first. Safety rules are posted and will be enforced.

Joint egg hunt promotes safety and partnership

Bourbonnais, IL – Saturday, March 27, 2021, the Village of Bourbonnais and Bourbonnais Township Park District will spring forward with a joint egg hunt at 10 a.m. Both organizations will partner to host an Easter Egg Trail Hunt along the trails of Perry Farm Park at 459 North Kennedy Drive in Bourbonnais. This year, the new and modified event will be further spread out to promote social distancing and allow families and children of all ages to stay together. Five starting points will be included for ease of access to the trails with entrances at Coyne Street, Bisaillon Avenue, Cavalier de LaSalle Park and the Exploration Station in Bourbonnais as well as Valley Avenue in Bradley.

Modified event to take place Saturday, March 6th

Bourbonnais, IL — Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the Bourbonnais Police Department will host a creative, yet socially-distant, Polar Plunge Saturday, March 6, 2021, in the Bourbonnais Municipal Center parking lot at 700 Main Street NW. With the help of the Bourbonnais Fire Protection District, the team of officers will have 500 gallons of water dumped on them from an 85-foot high ladder off of fire engine, Tower 69, at 11:00 a.m.

Mobile Pantry "Helps the needy, not the greedy"

Bourbonnais, IL – The Secret Food Pantry will host its next mobile pop-up event Thursday, March 4, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bourbonnais Municipal Center parking lot at 700 Main Street NW. According to the pantry’s founder and organizer, MaryLu Kruegr, anyone can come for food. There are no residential or financial restrictions.

Dine and get rewarded during Bon Appétit Bourbonnais

Bourbonnais, IL – Be our guest! The Village of Bourbonnais is pleased to invite diners to Bon Appétit Bourbonnais – a restaurant support and rebate program. Between February 12th and April 4th, patrons who spend $100 or more at any Village of Bourbonnais eating establishment will be eligible to receive a $10 Visa® Reward Card in addition to being entered into a grand prize drawing for a $500, $250 or $100 Visa Reward Card. 42 locations are included in the dining local event for residents and non-residents.

First year draws large turnout

Bourbonnais, IL – The Village of Bourbonnais is pleased to announce the winners for the first “Very Merry Holiday Coloring Contest”. The contest was open to village residents of all ages and free to participate. This was the second COVID-friendly event hosted by the village for the holidays. The custom Santa at the Skate Park coloring page could be downloaded and printed directly at home. A total of 117 entries were received between November 23rd and December 14th.

Winners announced for the first lighting contest

Bourbonnais, IL – “A Holly Jolly Holiday Lighting Contest” will continue to illuminate the Village of Bourbonnais through December 25th. The new event began December 4th and encouraged outdoor festive lighting and decorations among village residents. Participants entered for a chance to win in Traditional and People’s Choice categories while creating a safe and festive event for the community in a COVID cancelation kind of year.  An online map of 35 holiday homes is currently available for viewing.

Police increase patrols for the holidays

Bourbonnais, IL — The Bourbonnais Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation and law enforcement throughout the state for a high-visibility enforcement campaign to crack down on impaired driving during the winter holidays. From Dec. 18 to Jan. 4, motorists will see an increase in patrols and traffic stops, along with additional messaging on the dangers of driving impaired.

Event proceeds to benefit restoration project

Bourbonnais, IL – Although COVID-19 forced many 2020 events to be canceled or postponed, the Village of Bourbonnais was able to safely execute a Chocolate Tour (before the pandemic hit), a socially-distant Chicago Bears Summer Training Camp banner sale (during late summer while COVID cases were drastically down), and most recently, an online auction with the remaining Chicago Bears Training Camp memorabilia. All of the event proceeds will benefit the Bourbonnais Historical Society’s 1837 Log Schoolhouse Restoration Project – Kankakee River Valley’s first log schoolhouse in Bourbonnais. A combined $12,338 will be donated to the fundraising efforts to professionally reconstruct the schoolhouse. With the village’s contribution, an estimated $73,800 of the $120,000 goal has been reached.

Police department now accepting donations

Bourbonnais, IL — Christmas doesn’t have COVID-19. Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, the annual Shop with a Cop event will be held Sunday, December 13, 2020 but will be heavily-modified to ensure a safe holiday experience. The program, hosted by the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Bourbonnais Police Department and local law enforcement agencies, benefits underprivileged children in Kankakee County. The Bourbonnais Police Department is accepting financial donations through Monday, December 7th at 700 Main Street NW Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.