Kankakee County Coroner
Kankakee County Coroner


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Kankakee County Coroner Robert Gessner

The Kankakee County Coroner's Office investigates all deaths occurring in Kankakee County. The Coroner's Creed establishes questions that must be answered to fulfill 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. For information regarding the costs associated with obtaining copies of reports, please see the Public Information Policy

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




3000 S. Justice Way
Kankakee, IL 60901


p.(815) 802-7190

f. (815) 802-7191

January 10, 2017 - Kankakee, IL - Kankakee Police Department, Deputy Chief Robin Passwater, "On January 9, 2017 at 4:58pm Kankakee Police responded to the 500 block of East hickory Street in reference to a gunshot victim. Officers located Darryl L. Jordan (12/25/1978) lying in the street suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Jordan was transported to St. Mary's Hospital where he later died form his injuries."

Investigators believe Jordan was the target of the shooting and the shooting was an isolated incident. Investigators are working on developing information on the suspect.

Anyone with information on the incident can contact the Kankakee Police Department Investigations at 815-933-0426 or Crime Stoppers at 815-932-7463.

December 6, 2016 – Kankakee, IL – Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey and Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner are reporting multiple heroin/fentanyl overdoses in the area.

“Area hospitals have reported several today alone,” said Sheriff Downey. “We’re not certain if there is a bad batch being distributed throughout Kankakee County or if it is extremely potent. All law enforcement officers have been advised of the deadly situation and are keeping an extra eye out for the deadly strain.”

“To date, we’ve had over 25 fatal overdoses this calendar year,” said Coroner Gessner. “We’ve already suffered the same fatal OD’s this year than all of last year with a full month to go. Unfortunately, these drugs are often laced or cut with other substances, often which is more potent or a synthetic opiate. It’s too bad that the drug user is unaware of what they’re ingesting, and that these unknowns often result in their deaths.”

Sheriff Downey and Coroner Gessner are encouraging the community to work with our area law enforcement to report anyone they suspect of distributing or possessing these dangerous substances. Sheriff Downey and Coroner Gessner are pleading with those that may be reluctant or fearful to contact police to call CrimeStoppers at (815) 93-CRIME.

You can remain completely anonymous!

It is the purpose of this office to do professional death investigations. We want to do this by making a commitment to “Care of the deceased and concern for the living