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Merrillville Police Officer Nick Schultz (Credit: Franklin College)

Police Procession Escorts Body Of Slain Merrillville Officer To Morgue

Relatives, friends, and colleagues of a fallen police officer were gathering in Oak Lawn on Tuesday to pay tribute to the first Merrillville, Indiana, police officer killed in the line of duty.

09/09/2014

A worker at the Cook County morgue shows off a new body cooler, part of a series of reforms in the wake of a 2012 scandal that included bodies bing stacked haphazardly and the remains of stillborn babies tossed into boxes. (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Morgue Gets New Cooler, More Workers

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office says conditions are improving at the morgue thanks to more employees and a new $1.4 million cooler.

02/13/2014

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Cook County Morgue Might Cremate Some Unclaimed Bodies

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office is one step closer to cremating some bodies stored at the county morgue — rather than letting them pile up.

09/12/2013

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Medical Examiner’s List Of Unidentified Bodies Begins Yielding Results

Just a few weeks after the Cook County Medical Examiner put its list of unidentified and unclaimed remains online, a family has now stepped forward to make identification.

WBBM Newsradio–03/26/2013

Urooj Khan. (Credit: Illinois Lottery)

Body Of Lottery Winner Reinterred At Cemetery

The remains of Urooj Khan were reinterred Monday following an autopsy of the North Side man who died from cyanide poisoning after winning a $1 million lottery jackpot.

01/21/2013

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18 Human Heads Found At O’Hare

Investigators believe a shipment of 18 human heads intercepted by customs officials at O’Hare International Airport are, in fact, legitimate medical specimens, authorities said Tuesday.

01/15/2013

Urooj Khan. (Credit: Illinois Lottery)

Authorities Seek To Exhume Body Of Poisoned Lottery Winner

It’s a fascinating mystery, with more questions than answers. Authorities have been trying to determine who poisoned a man who died days after winning a $1 million jackpot in a lottery instant game.

01/08/2013

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Workers At Clerk’s Office, Morgue Charged With Corruption

A Cook County Circuit Court employee has been charged with stealing $3,500 in traffic ticket payments, the fourth clerk’s office employee to face criminal charges this year, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

10/16/2012

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Lawsuit: Medical Examiner Had Man’s Body, Never Told Family

The family of a John Doe who went unidentified for several months is now suing the Cook county Medical Examiner’s office.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2012

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Report: Conditions At Cook County Morgue Left Preckwinkle ‘Jarred’

A published report says the findings of an audit of the Cook County morgue left Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle “jarred.”

CBS Chicago–06/20/2012

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Medical Examiner’s Office Suspends Autopsies For Some Deceased People

Due to staffing shortages, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has announced that full autopsies will no longer be performed in certain cases in which drugs or alcohol might have led to a person’s death.

CBS Chicago–05/16/2012

A solemn ceremony on Chicago's south side today: Dozens of bodies found stacked up at the Cook County morgue were buried. (Credit: Brandis Friedman)

Cardinal George Oversees Indigent Burials At Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Rain softly began to fall on Wednesday as Francis Cardinal George completed prayers at Mt. Olivet Cemetery for dozens of people whose bodies had been stored at the county morgue since November or December.

WBBM Newsradio–04/25/2012

CBS 2 obtained this photo of bagged bodies stacked at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which is over its storage capacity.

County Board Imposes New Restrictions On Medical Examiner

The Cook County Board on Monday imposed new rules and regulations on the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office to address the recent scandal in which bodies were found stacked in an overflowing cooler and otherwise mishandled.

CBS Chicago–03/01/2012

CBS 2 obtained this photo of bagged bodies stacked at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which is over its storage capacity.

2 County Morgue Workers Fired, 1 Threatens To Come Back With Gun

The overcrowding scandal at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has cost two workers their jobs and led to disciplinary action against a third.

CBS Chicago–02/24/2012

Carmelita Johnson went missing in January 2010. (CBS)

Family Sues After Woman’s Body Left At Morgue For 14 Months

A woman’s body sat unidentified in the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office for 14 months, despite the best efforts of the family to identify her. Now, the family has filed suit against the county, alleging that morgue personnel stymied their attempts to find and identify her.

WBBM Newsradio–02/08/2012

CBS 2 obtained this photo of bagged bodies stacked at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which is over its storage capacity.

Officials Don’t Know Why 15 Bodies Are Still At County Morgue

A Cook County spokeswoman says officials can’t figure out the reason the Medical Examiner’s office is still holding 15 of the bodies that have been in the morgue for 10 months or longer.

CBS Chicago–02/03/2012

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County Board Delays Vote On Making It Easier To Fire Medical Examiner

The Cook County Board has decided to slow down on taking away Cook County Medical Examiner Nancy Jones’ job-for-life status over the scandal involving bodies stacked on top of one another at the morgue.

CBS Chicago–02/01/2012

CBS 2 obtained this photo of bagged bodies stacked at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which is over its storage capacity.

Pastors Decry Conditions At Medical Examiner’s Office

Chicago pastors and other religious leaders are all heading to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office Friday morning, demanding that officials clean up deplorable conditions inside.

CBS Chicago–01/27/2012

CBS 2 obtained this photo of bagged bodies stacked at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which is over its storage capacity.

Preckwinkle Outlines Reforms At County Morgue

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today will outline proposals for big changes at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

WBBM Newsradio–01/26/2012

CBS 2 obtained this photo of bagged bodies stacked at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which is over its storage capacity.

44 Bodies Have Lain In Morgue For At Least 10 Months

The Cook County Board President’s office says a staggering 44 bodies have been in the morgue cooler for 10 months or longer, awaiting burial.

CBS Chicago–01/24/2012

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