Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says is concerned about plans by the county Medical Examiner to donate unclaimed bodies for medical research after only two weeks in the morgue.
The bodies of those who die in Cook County will now be donated to science if their families lack funds for burial.
A group of Chicago ministers wants the governor and state lawmakers to come up with more money for the burial of indigents.
Today at noon, Chicago will remember 165 men and women who have died over the past 12 months–and were buried as indigents.
A letter stating that the state would no longer pay for burial services for the indigent set off a wave of panic among Illinois social workers, but it turns out the letter was a huge mistake.