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I was going to post to the ancestry.com forums but I see someone has already asked for info on him, not sure if it's you or not. I called the hospital Monday & the woman I talked to was less the happy to talk to me, sadly that's what I expected. She said "I don't know, I'm not some sort of human computer" and hung up. They're consistent if nothing else, I'll give'em that. That said, I was told by a reliable source that Illinois State University has many old records from Kankakee & several other state institutions. Given his age at time of death, he might've been at either Lincoln or Dixon State School.

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lucy jane vaughn
would like to see records on her

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Can you be a little more specific please? Was she a patient in Kanakaee Hospital? If not, where? Do you know where she died? A little more information would be helpful in pointing you in the right direction.

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Dixon State School: Illinois
I was told I could not obtain any records for any institutions in Illinois without a court order?
My grandmothers sister was in Dixon, and buried the cemetery there, and I am unable to find a death certificate for her in the county or state records.

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I am surprised they even told you you need a court order. Dixon was a black mark on the treatment of people with mental infirmities. The place was designed to house people with mental health issues but it became a warehouse for people with mental disorders. When I was an undergrad they actually showed a video of Dixon as a what not to do training moment. Don't get me wrong not all people were treated bad, but the staff to patient ratios were awful and the care was not up to most standards on a lot of wards. The reason a court order is needed is due to the lawsuits filed before and after Dixon's closing and HIPAA laws. Releasing the records of a person with a mental health issue, even to family, without legal justification or proof that you are the executor of the persons estate is against the law. It makes things difficult though.

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Is there ANY way to get information on someone who was committed to Kankakee State Hospital back in 1924 and died there in 1928? At one time I was told there was no record of him there (although his death certificate lists Kankakee State Hospital as the place of death) and the next time a letter was written and after two years still have not received a response. We have no idea why he was there other than being told "if it was 4 years then it was more than alcohol". HIPPA laws!! The man has been deceased for over 80 years - who cares?

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Kankakee State aka Shapiro, has a bad habit of doing this. I've even been told "no" even when requesting a visit to the cemetery. With some luck his records being that old might be at the state archives. Was he a veteran? That might be in the public domain and give some information, unfortunately there isn't much more to go on.

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I am looking for my great grand mother agusta maria koch woodard..died in 1932 i believe..any info please contact me at jeff.mcadams2011@gmail.com. thank you she was in the 1920 census at the kanakee facility in ward 3 or 5

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I checked the Kankakee County death record list and nothing for any Koch or Woodard shows up for the 1930s. I'll send an email for more info.

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My grand father, Antonio DeLucia, was a patient at Kankakee State Hospital per the 1930 census. I also came across a record from immigration record #55,788-935 dated July 1932 - stating that the doctor recommended he be deported back to Italy for reason of insanity. This never happened because I have a death certificate, he died January 19, 1937 Chicago, Illinois. Additional information is a birthdate of January 5, 1881 in Acerra, Italy.

Please can anyone help with additional information!

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My grand father, Antonio DeLucia, was a patient at Kankakee State Hospital per the 1930 census. I also came across a record from immigration record #55,788-935 dated July 1932 - stating that the doctor recommended he be deported back to Italy for reason of insanity. This never happened because I have a death certificate, he died January 19, 1937 Chicago, Illinois. Additional information is a birthdate of January 5, 1881 in Acerra, Italy.

Please can anyone help with additional information! Thank you barbara@thevine.net

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I talked to someone at Kankakee State Hospital (Shapiro) Tuesday & was told they are looking at the recent changes to HIPPA and are going to decide what to do about records more then 50 years old. A vague answer, but at least they acknowledge it. My guess is is they will probably turn those records over to the state archives and let them handle requests from relatives.

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I found a great aunt in the 1930 and 1940 census at the hospital listed as an inmate. Catherine Gruzlewksi 1896 born Chicago to Szymon Gruzlewski and Marcyanna Czerwinski. I have no idea why she was there or for how long. What would be some reason that she would have been put there during that time frame? and by whom, her parents were dead. I can't fi nd out what happened to her after 1940.

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I'll look, but so far the last name Gruzlewksi doesn't turn up much. Illinois death records aren't very helpful after 1947.

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My Great Grandfather was listed in the 1910 Census as an "inmate" at Kankakee State Hospital. He was released at some point, but I have an interest in knowing the reason and the length of stay there. Anything new on them releasing information?


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