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Songs and Stories
     October 3, 2019      #53-276 SsK

Looking back: the Civic Auditorium was a community

Mirando hacia atrás: el Auditorio Cívico era una comunidad

By Jack Klasey

In the years immediately after World War II, Kankakee became a "booming city." In the mid and late 1940s there was a large increase in the construction of houses to house families started by returning soldiers, a tide of new industrial plants. provide well-paid jobs and the resulting expansion of community retail stores and service companies. Voters approved bond issues to expand schools and parks.

In the midst of all growth and construction, a local organization, the Kankakee Women's Club, discovered an unmet need: the Kankakee area lacked a "community center" building that could be ...

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