Illinois town mocked by Letterman in '99 plots cold revenge

Feb 7, 2015 1:16 PM by News Staff

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois city that David Letterman lampooned as an awful place to live is plotting its revenge, more than 15 years later.

After Places Rated Almanac called Kankakee and its surrounding area the worst metropolitan area to live in the U.S. and Canada in 1999, Letterman piled on with a Top 10 list of suggested area slogans. Among them were, "We put the 'Ill' in Illinois," and "You'll come for our payphone - you'll stay because your car's been stolen."

To spruce things up, Letterman sent Kankakee two gazebos, which some high school students hope to turn into a rocking chair to commemorate his upcoming retirement.

A spokeswoman for Letterman's show says crews plan to film the students working on the project for a future episode.

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