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Department of Public Health - RG 205 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Department of Public Health - RG 205

Historical Note:

When the Department of Public Health was created by the Civil Administrative Code of 1917 it received all the powers and duties formerly vested in the Board of Health, except those relating to the regulation of the practices of medicine and embalming, which were assumed by the Department of Registration and Education. The responsibilities included investigations into causes of disease, especially epidemics; distribution of vaccines free of charge to the citizens of the state; and general supervision over sanitation practices, particularly in public water supplies, sewage systems, and state-operated institutions. The department also was responsible for maintaining chemical, bacteriological, and biological laboratories both for the diagnosis of disease and for the examination of milk, water, sewage, and waste. Also under the department's jurisdiction was the collection of vital statistics and continuance of the statewide system for the registration of births and deaths. The Department of Public Health's responsibilities have remained essentially unchanged since 1917. It was, however, given the authority in 1967 to enter into contracts and agreements with federal and other non-state public and private agencies that would benefit the health of the people of the state (L. 1967, p. 594).

Access to some of these records is restricted according to provisions of the Freedom of Information Act of 1983 (P.A. 83-1013).

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