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AN ACT making appropriations for the Illinois State Hospital for the In- In force March sane, for the years 1869 and 1870.

24, 1869.




SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Nlinois, represented in the General Assembly, That, for the purpose of defraying the ordinary expenses of said hospital Appropriations. for the years eighteen hundred and sixty-nine and eighteen hundred and seventy, there is appropriated to the said Ilincis State Hospital for the Insane, from the first day of March, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine, to the first day of March, eighteen hundred and seventy-one, the sum of ninety thousand dollars per annum, to be paid from the state treasury in equal quarter-yearly payments, as required for

For removing the present highly inflammable Appropriations wooden structure connecting the main and rear buildings, and substituting one that is tire-proof, the sum of five thousand dollars.

2d. For improving the ventilation of tlie old wings, the sum of seven thousand and five hundred dollars.

3d. For the improvement of the water works, the sum of two thousand dollars.

4th. For new cooking ranges, washing machines and sinks, the sum of two thousand dollars.

5th. For the patients' library, the sum of five hundred dollars per annum.

3 3. The trustees are direcied to insure said hospital ; Insurance. and for the purpose of effecting an insurance, there is appropriated to the Illinois State flospital for the Iusane, the sun of seven hundred and fitty dollars per annum.

If any of the sums hereinbefore appropriated for Deficiency. specific objects shall be found, by the board of trustees, on further information and examination by them, to be insufficient to pay for the objects proposed, then such particular appropriation shali not be drawn from the state treasury; and no appropriation herein before made shall be diverted from the objects for which it is specifically appropriated.

§ 5. The auditor of public accounts is hereby authorized Payment, how and required to draw his warrant on the treasurer for said sams, upon orders of the board of trustees of said hospital, signed by the president and attested by the secretary, with the seal of the said hospital.

$ 6. No mouey shall be expended nor indebtedness in. Limitation of curred beyond the amount hereby appropriated.

expenditure. 7. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

APPROVED March 24, 1869.


In force April AN ACT to establish the Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the

16, 1869,


Selection of site

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of

Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That there Establishment. shall be established, as soon after the passage of this act as

shall be practicable, an institution for the proper care and treatment of the insane, to be known and styled as “The Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane."

§ 2. The governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint nine commissioners, no two of whoun shall reside in the same county. Said commissioners shall meet at the city of Chicago, within sixty days after the passage of this act, at such time and place as the governor shall designate, and organize by appointing one of their number chairman and another secretary; and said commissioners shall proceed to select a location for said Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane, in accordance with the provisions of this act. When said location shall have been determined upon, said commissioners shall report the same, with a full copy of all the proceedings of said board of commissioners to the governor, for the use of the trustees of said institution, hereinafter provided for. Said commissioners shall receive two dollars per day, each, for every day spent in locating said institution, and their actual necsesary expenses during the time employed in said service. When the location is made, as herein provided, the services of said commissioners shall end. The governor shall fill a!! vacancies that may occur in said commission, by death or otherwise, and shall certify to the auditor the amounts severally due them for per diem and expenses, and the auditor shall draw his warrants in favor of said commissioners, respectively, upon the treasurer for the sums so

certified. Location, re

& 3. Said location shall contain not less than eighty acres of land, for a farm and site, upon which the institution shall be built. In selecting a location for said institution, the commissioners shall have especial regard to the following conditions: First.-There shall be, at easy command upon the premi

— ses, an unfailing supply of pure water, sufficient for bathing, steam heating apparatus, sewerage, and all other purposes for a household of three hundred persons.

Second. There shall be good natural facilities for complete sewerage into some unfailing stream of water.

Third.—The commissioners shall have regard to cheapness and excellence of building material, and convenience of access. To aid them in selecting the best location, the said commissioners are hereby authorized to call in consultation and advise with one or more physicians who have

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Trustees procure title.

had large experience in the care and treatment of the insane.

§ 4. The governor shall also appoint, by and with the Trustees. advice and consent of the senate, three trustees, to be known by the name and style of “The Trustees of the Northern Illinois Hospital for the Insane." The first named trustee shall hold his office for the term of two years, the second, for the term of four years, and the third, for the term of six years, and until their successors are elected and qualified. Should any vacancy occur, by death, resignation or otherwise, such vacancy shall be filled by the governor, for the unexpired term of the trustee whose place was thus made vacant.

$ 5. Said trustees shall, before they commence the erection of any building or improvement, procure and place upon record, in the proper county, a deed or deeds conveying the perfect title, in fee simple, direct to the state, of all real estate selected for a site or for farm purposes for said institution, and are hereby anthorized to receive gifts, grants and bequests of any real and personal estate or money, from persons, counties, cities, towns or townships, in aid of said institution, the title of which shall immediately vest in the state; and the trustees of said institution are hereby authorized, after an order has been entered upon their records and public notice given, to sell at public auction any real estate or personal property, donated to said institution, which may not be necessary or convenient for the use of said institution; and the board of supervisors of any connty, or the county court of any county not under township organization, or the corporate authorities of any city, town or township in the state of Illinois, are hereby authorized to make any donations of lands or money, or bonds belonging to the same, to aid in the bnilding and furnishing the said institution for the insane; and the conveyance of any real estate donated for such purpose, or the donation of money or bonds, or other valuable property, shall be considered valid and binding upon the persons or authorities making the same; and in locating the said asylum and hospital, the commissioners shall consider the benefits of the said donations to the state.

Their compensation for services as trustees shall be two doilars per diem, while actually engaged in the discharge of their official duties, and their necessary traveling expenses in going to and returning from the meetings of the board. No member of the board shall be pecuniarily interested in any contract to be made by the board for any purpose whatever.

$ 6. The trustees shall have charge of the general interests of the institntion, and manage and direct its concerns. Before entering upon the duties of their office they shall give bond, with such securities as required by the gover

Duties of trustees.

Official oath.

Plans and estimates.

nor, for the faithful application of the funds placed in their hands, and the proper performance of their duties. They shall also appoint a treasurer, who shall give bonds to the governor for the faithful discharge of his duties. They shall determine his compensation for services; also, the salary of the superintendent and such other officers as may be necessary to the able and economical administration of the affairs of the institution.

§ 7. The trustees and the treasurer shall, before entering upon the duties of their respective offices, take and subscribe an oath or affirmation faithfully and impartially to discharge their duties, and in all respects to conform to the laws in force relating to said hospital and asylum.

$ 8. At any time, not exceeding three months, after the selection of a site as above provided, the trustees shall mature a complete and comprehensive plan and estimates of costs of buildings designed, when completed, for the accommodation of three hundred patients, said plans and estimates to embrace the most approved construction, having reference to commendable prudence and economy of expenditures. The hospital building shall be constructed in the most approved manner of brick or stone, and the roof to be tire proof. Whatever plan shall be adopted—whether that known as the "cottage system,” or that known as the "central edifice with wings,” or a combination of the two systems—the work shall proceed by sections; two sections, or other strnctures of sufficient capacity to accommodate one hundred and fifty patients, shall be first erected and brought into use, so that practical benetits may be secnred at the earliest possible period and at the least expenditure of money : Provided, that such sections or cottages shall be free from expensive architectural decorations, plain but permanent and substantial buildings, and in accordance and harmony with well matured plans for the whole structure.

§ 9. The trustees for said hospital shall let contracts for the erection of buildings, provided for in this act, to the lowest responsible bidder; and before making any contract, they shall give notice in at least two daily papers, of general circulation in northern Illinois, for at least four weeks, that sealed proposals will be received for the erection of such buildings; the notice to give description of the kind and extent of the improvements to be made, and all other necessary specifications: Provided, that no contract shall be let mutil the contractor or contractors shall enter into bonds, in double the amount of the contract price, with good and sufficient securities, to be approved by the trustees, conditioned upon the faithful performance of their contract.

$ 10. That for the purchase of a site as above provided and for the procuring of plans, the erection of sections or




cottages for the accommodation of one hundred and fifty patients, and for furniture, warming apparatus, and other fixtures necessary to put the same into practical use, there is hereby appropriated the sum of one hundred and twentyfive thousand dollars.

$ 11. The treasurer of the state is hereby directed to Payment. pay to the trustees, upon the proper warrant of the auditor of state, such sums of money of the amount herein appropriated as may be required for the buildings and improvements contemplated in this act.

12. The trustees, on or before the meeting of the Trustees' report general assembly, at every session thereof, shall lay before each branch of the same an exact account of all contracts aud expenditures which they shall have incurred in the execution of their duties, with vouchers for the same. 13. Whenever it shall be deemed necessary the trus

Medical supertees shall appoint a medical superintendent, who shall be a graduate in medicine and surgery from some reputable medical college, and of acknowledged skill and ability in his profession. IIis duties and time of office shall be the same as those of the superintendent of the Illinois Ilospital and Asylum for the Insane at Jacksonville, as provided by the laws now in force and governing that institution.

$ 14. Whenever any portion of the buildings shall patients, how have been completed and furnished for the care and treatment of patients, they may then be admitted into the Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane upon the legal processes, terms and conditions that are required by the laws then in force in regard to the adınission of patients to the Illinois Ilospital for the Insane at Jacksonville.

15. This act shall be in force from and after its passage.

APPROVED April 16, 1869.

AN ACT appropriating money to pay deficiencies of appropriation for the in force March eorrent expenses of the Illinois llospital for the Jurane, located at Jack

21, 1869. sonville, Illinois,

Appropriation for indebtedness

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Minois, represented in the General Assembly, That there be and is hereby appropriated, out of the treasury of this state, the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000), which sum is hereby exclusively appropriated to the payment of indebtedness incurred by said hospital, during the last two years, for the current expenses of the same, and not otherwise provided for.

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