Indigent Burials

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

A wooden casket containing unclaimed remains.  (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Embattled Cemetery Wins Contract For Indigent Burials

The same cemetery that has been handling indigent burials for Cook County will continue to do so despite earlier criticisms of its operations.

10/03/2012

Shadow Of A Cemetery Worker (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Fritchey Wants Sheriff To Take Over Indigent Burials

A Cook County commissioner wants the county sheriff to take over some of the duties of burying indigent and unidentified people, after a backlog at the county morgue led to more than 300 bodies being stacked up at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office earlier this year.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2012

A wooden casket containing unclaimed remains.  (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Activists To Push For More Funding For Funerals For Indigent

More than 150 ministers and funeral home directors – most of them centered in the black community – met Tuesday afternoon to plan lobbying strategy to push the state for more money for public aid burials.

CBS Chicago–10/18/2011

The indigent burial site at Homewood Memorial Gardens. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Bodies Stacked 8 Deep At Cemetery

Cook County sheriff’s officials have found bodies stacked on top of each other – some buried eight at a time, at a south suburban cemetery.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2011