Bud Johnson Named Kewanee Outstanding Citizen


Bud Johnson long time owner of the Wanee Cinemas has been named the Kewanee Outstanding Citizen for 2023. The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club made the announcement on Friday, March 3rd, 2023. Ambassador Club President Mark Mikenas said “This year we are honoring Bud Johnson for his exemplary service to many local organizations and causes in our community. Nominations were abundant from the community from organizations and individuals. His contributions run from A-Z and his generosity seems to touch all walks of life in the community.”

Bud’s dedication to the community is well known as he has donated time, money and effort to nearly every charity, event, and community happening over the last several decades. From the release by Kewanee Chamber Ambassador Club:

“Over the years Bud has helped events including Bakersville, Prairie Chicken Arts Festival, 4th of July fireworks and has supported the Kewanee Food Pantry and Salvation Army with his Buck a Bucket popcorn donations. He started the Katie’s Coats for Kids program in honor of his late wife Katie and also keeps her spirit alive by sponsoring the Katie’s Spirit Award for the Hog Days parade which was one of Katie’s favorite events. Bud and Katie’s Muscular Dystrophy parade floats were award winners numerous times over the 25+ years they built and sponsored the entries.”

A community recognition banquet for Bud Johnson will be held at a date to be announced.

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