The Kankakee County Coroner's Office investigates all deaths occurring in Kankakee County. The Coroner's Creed establishes questions that must be answered to fullfill the requirements of these investigations, as well as provide care and justice for the deceased and for the family and friends of the deceased. These questions are: who, how, where, when, and why? Based on the findings of the toxicology and/or autopsy results, the manner of death can sometimes be determined as well. It is also the responsibility of the Coroner's Office to notify next of kin. When an investigation has been completed and these questions have been answered, the information becomes available through the Freedom of Information Act.
Bob Gessner has been the Kankakee Coroner since James Kelly left office at the end of 2003. He was then appointed Coroner. He was later elected to the position in November of 2004 and then re-elected in 2008 and has served the county well ever since.
Kankakee County Coroner Office Hours:8:30am-2:30pm M-F