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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

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

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

Toni Preckwinkle

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

Dr. Nancy Jones

Cook County Medical Examiner To Retire At End Of July

After months of investigations into an overcrowding scandal at the Cook County morgue, the office is undergoing a major shakeup.

CBS Chicago–06/18/2012

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.

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

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.

Preckwinkle Sends Staff To Fix Morgue Problems

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says there’s no question: If the county morgue had better management there wouldn’t be what sources say is a pileup of bodies there.

01/22/2012

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

‘Sacrilegious’ — Bodies Piling Up At Cook County Morgue

To the disgust of some staff, bodies are piling up at the office of the Cook County Medical Examiner, stacked atop each other in blue plastic tarps against a wall of the storage cooler because of ongoing financial woes.

01/14/2012

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

Bodies Doubled Up Again At Cook County Morgue

The Cook County Morgue is once again double-stacking bodies on trays in its cooler.

WBBM Newsradio–10/06/2011

File Photo Of Military Funeral At Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (David Banks-Pool/Getty Images)

Unclaimed: Police And Vietnam Vet No Longer Forgotten

He was a cop and ex-Marine who lay unclaimed at the morgue. Now he’ll be buried with military honors.

WBBM Newsradio–10/26/2010