Committees

ENVIRONMENT & AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

Chairman: J.R. Black, Northern Illinois Anglers Association Executive Director

Vice-Chairman: Chad Miller, Kankakee County Farm Bureau Manager

  1. DEVELOP UNIFIED STRATEGY FOR SAND AND SEDIMENTATION ISSUES
  2. PROPOSE OTHER ENVIRONMENT IMPROVEMENTS
  3. OBTAIN GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT
    1. KANKAKEE COUNTY OFFICIALS
    2. AREA LEGISLATORS (STATE and FEDERAL)
    3. IROQUOIS COUNTY OFFICIALS
    4. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
    5. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (States of IL and IN and Federal)
    6. US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
    7. LOCAL PARK DISTRICTS, MOMENCE CONVERVANCY DISTRICT, AND FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT
  4. REQUEST FUNDING FOR A COMPREHENSIVE SHORT-TERM AND LONG-RANGE PLAN FOR SAND AND SEDIMENTATION SOLUTIONS
  5. IMPLEMENTATION OF SAND AND SEDIMENTATION SOLUTIONS

See Calendar for Committee meeting dates and times.

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Chairman: Jeff Jarvis , owner Jeff Jarvis Architect

Vice-Chairman: Craig Blanchette , Aqua Illinois Vice-President of Operations

  1. DEVELOP A COUNTY-WIDE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE KANKAKEE AND IROQUOIS RIVERS WITH UNIQUE AND CREATIVE IDEAS

West Zone

          Downstream from Dam to the State Park

Includes Riverfront Trail and the Interconnected Park System

Center Zone (The Six Mile Pool)

Includes Downtown Kankakee River Walk
Recreational River Areas, Boating, Launches, Marinas, and Restaurants
Village of Aroma Park

South Zone

Iroquois River
Interface with Iroquois County

East Zone (Aroma Park to Indiana State Line)

Interface with Indiana
Village of Aroma Park development
City of Momence development

  1. ADVOCATE AND SUPPORT THE DOWNTOWN KANKAKEE RIVER
    WALK AND MARINA
  2. DEVELOP AN ECONOMIC STUDY ON THE VALUE OF THE RIVER

See Calendar for Committee meeting dates and times.

TOURISM & RECREATION COMMITTEE

Chairman: Norm Strasma ,  retired Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley Director

Vice-Chairman: Norm Minas , Illinois Smallmouth Association

  1. EXPAND THE KANKAKEE COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS
    BUREAU AS A CENTRALIZED SOURCE OF INFORMATION AND
    DEVELOP A STRATEGY FOR ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE
    RIVER
  2. DEVELOP A COUNTY-WIDE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR TOURISM
    AND RECREATION
  3. CONTINUE IMPROVEMENTS TO RIVERFRONT PARKS AND TRAIL
    SYSTEM
  4. PROMOTE POSSIBILITIES FOR NEW LODGES, RIVERFRONT
    RESTAURANTS AND RETAIL
  5. PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DOWNTOWN KANKAKEE RIVER
    WALK AND MARINA
  6. PROVIDE PUBLIC RESTROOMS AT ACCESS AREAS FOR BOATERS
    AND FISHERMEN
  7. REVIEW AND REINFORCE RIVER SAFETY REGULATIONS

See Calendar for Committee meeting date