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COUNTIES
(55 ILCS 5/) Counties Code.

55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-3

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-3 heading)
Division 3-3. Coroner

55 ILCS 5/3-3001

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3001) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3001)
    Sec. 3-3001. Commission; training; duties performed by other county officer.
    (a) Every coroner shall be commissioned by the Governor, but no commission shall issue except upon the certificate of the county clerk of the proper county of the due election or appointment of the coroner and that the coroner has filed his or her bond and taken the oath of office as provided in this Division.
    (b) (1) Within 30 days of assuming office, a coroner
    
elected to that office for the first time shall apply for admission to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board coroners training program. Completion of the training program shall be within 6 months of application. Any coroner may direct the chief deputy coroner or a deputy coroner, or both, to attend the training program, provided the coroner has completed the training program. Satisfactory completion of the program shall be evidenced by a certificate issued to the coroner by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board. All coroners shall complete the training program at least once while serving as coroner.
        (2) In developing the coroner training program, the
    
Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board shall consult with the Illinois Coroners Association and the Illinois Necropsy Board.
        (3) The Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards
    
Board shall notify the proper county board of the failure by a coroner to successfully complete this training program.
    (c) Every coroner shall attend at least 24 hours of accredited continuing education for coroners in each calendar year.
    (d) In all counties that provide by resolution for the elimination of the office of coroner pursuant to a referendum, the resolution may also provide, as part of the same proposition, that the duties of the coroner be taken over by another county officer specified by the resolution and proposition.
(Source: P.A. 87-255; 88-586, eff. 8-12-94.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3002

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3002) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3002)
    Sec. 3-3002. Commencement of duties. The coroner shall enter upon the duties of his office on the first day of the month of December following his election on which the coroner's office is required, by statute or by action of the county board, to be open.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3003

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3003) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3003)
    Sec. 3-3003. Duties of coroner. The county coroner shall control the internal operations of his office. Subject to the applicable county appropriation ordinance, the coroner shall procure necessary equipment, materials, supplies and services to perform the duties of the office. Compensation of deputies and employees shall be fixed by the coroner, subject to budgetary limitations established by the county board. Purchases of equipment shall be made in accordance with any ordinance requirements for centralized purchasing through another county office or through the State which are applicable to all county offices.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3004

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3004) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3004)
    Sec. 3-3004. Bond. Before entering upon the duties of his or her office, he or she shall give bond, with 2 or more sufficient sureties (or, if the county is self-insured, the county through its self-insurance program may provide bonding), to be approved by the circuit court for his or her county, in the penal sum of $5,000, which shall cover both the coroner and any deputies, payable to the People of the State of Illinois, conditioned that each will faithfully discharge all the duties required or to be required of him by law as such coroner, deputy coroner or as sheriff of the county, in case he or she shall act as such. The bond shall be entered of record in the court and filed in the office of the county clerk of his or her county. The costs of the bond shall be paid by the county.
(Source: P.A. 88-387.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3005

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3005)
    Sec. 3-3005. Oath. He shall also, before entering upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe the oath or affirmation prescribed by Section 3, Article XIII of the Constitution which shall be filed in the office of the county clerk of his county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3006

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3006) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3006)
    Sec. 3-3006. Copies of bond as evidence. Copies of such bond, certified by the county clerk, or of the record thereof certified by the clerk of the circuit court, shall be received as evidence.
(Source: P.A. 86-961.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3007

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3007) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3007)
    Sec. 3-3007. Conservator of the peace. Each coroner shall be conservator of the peace in his county, and, in the performance of his duties as such, shall have the same powers as the sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3008)
    Sec. 3-3008. Coroner to act when sheriff prejudiced. When it appears from the papers in a case that the sheriff or his deputy is a party thereto, or from affidavit filed that he is interested therein, or is of kin, or partial to or prejudiced against either party, the summons, execution or other process may be directed to the coroner, who shall perform all the duties in relation thereto, and attend to the suit in like manner as if he were sheriff; and the interests, consanguinity, partiality or prejudice of the sheriff shall not be cause for a change of venue.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3009

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3009) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3009)
    Sec. 3-3009. Deputy coroner's, sheriff's or police officer's performance of coroner's duties. If there is no coroner, or it shall appear in like manner that he or she is also a party to or interested in the suit, or of kin, or partial to or prejudiced against either party, or the coroner has an economic or personal interest that conflicts with his or her official duties as coroner, the coroner shall disqualify himself or herself from acting at an investigation or inquest and process shall in like manner issue to the deputy coroner if designated by the coroner to fill the vacancy, or, if no designation is made, to any sheriff, sheriff's deputy or police officer, in the county, who shall perform like duties as required of the coroner. The designation shall be in writing and filed with the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 98-812, eff. 8-1-14.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3010

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3010) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3010)
    Sec. 3-3010. Deputy sheriff, undersheriff, or coroner to act when sheriff's office vacant. Where the office of the sheriff is vacant, the chief deputy sheriff or undersheriff if designated by the sheriff to fill the vacancy, or, if no designation is made, the coroner of the county shall perform all the duties required by law to be performed by the sheriff, and have the same powers, and be liable to the same penalties and proceedings as if he were sheriff, until another sheriff is elected or appointed and qualified. The designation shall be in writing and filed with the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 91-633, eff. 12-1-99.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3011

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3011) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3011)
    Sec. 3-3011. Classification of counties. For the purposes of this Division, counties of more than 1,000,000 population shall be designated as Class I counties, and counties of not more than 1,000,000 population as Class II counties.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3012

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3012) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3012)
    Sec. 3-3012. In-service training expenses. The county coroner may maintain a special fund, from which the county board shall authorize payments by voucher between board meetings, to pay necessary travel dues and other expenses incurred in attending workshops, educational seminars and organizational meetings for the purpose of providing in-service training.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3013

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3013) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3013)
    Sec. 3-3013. Preliminary investigations; blood and urine analysis; summoning jury; reports. Every coroner, whenever, as soon as he knows or is informed that the dead body of any person is found, or lying within his county, whose death is suspected of being:
        (a) A sudden or violent death, whether apparently
    
suicidal, homicidal or accidental, including but not limited to deaths apparently caused or contributed to by thermal, traumatic, chemical, electrical or radiational injury, or a complication of any of them, or by drowning or suffocation, or as a result of domestic violence as defined in the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986;
        (b) A maternal or fetal death due to abortion, or any
    
death due to a sex crime or a crime against nature;
        (c) A death where the circumstances are suspicious,
    
obscure, mysterious or otherwise unexplained or where, in the written opinion of the attending physician, the cause of death is not determined;
        (d) A death where addiction to alcohol or to any drug
    
may have been a contributory cause; or
        (e) A death where the decedent was not attended by a
    
licensed physician;
shall go to the place where the dead body is, and take charge of the same and shall make a preliminary investigation into the circumstances of the death. In the case of death without attendance by a licensed physician the body may be moved with the coroner's consent from the place of death to a mortuary in the same county. Coroners in their discretion shall notify such physician as is designated in accordance with Section 3-3014 to attempt to ascertain the cause of death, either by autopsy or otherwise.
    In cases of accidental death involving a motor vehicle in which the decedent was (1) the operator or a suspected operator of a motor vehicle, or (2) a pedestrian 16 years of age or older, the coroner shall require that a blood specimen of at least 30 cc., and if medically possible a urine specimen of at least 30 cc. or as much as possible up to 30 cc., be withdrawn from the body of the decedent in a timely fashion after the accident causing his death, by such physician as has been designated in accordance with Section 3-3014, or by the coroner or deputy coroner or a qualified person designated by such physician, coroner, or deputy coroner. If the county does not maintain laboratory facilities for making such analysis, the blood and urine so drawn shall be sent to the Department of State Police or any other accredited or State-certified laboratory for analysis of the alcohol, carbon monoxide, and dangerous or narcotic drug content of such blood and urine specimens. Each specimen submitted shall be accompanied by pertinent information concerning the decedent upon a form prescribed by such laboratory. Any person drawing blood and urine and any person making any examination of the blood and urine under the terms of this Division shall be immune from all liability, civil or criminal, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed.
    In all other cases coming within the jurisdiction of the coroner and referred to in subparagraphs (a) through (e) above, blood, and whenever possible, urine samples shall be analyzed for the presence of alcohol and other drugs. When the coroner suspects that drugs may have been involved in the death, either directly or indirectly, a toxicological examination shall be performed which may include analyses of blood, urine, bile, gastric contents and other tissues. When the coroner suspects a death is due to toxic substances, other than drugs, the coroner shall consult with the toxicologist prior to collection of samples. Information submitted to the toxicologist shall include information as to height, weight, age, sex and race of the decedent as well as medical history, medications used by and the manner of death of decedent.
    When the coroner or medical examiner finds that the cause of death is due to homicidal means, the coroner or medical examiner shall cause blood and buccal specimens (tissue may be submitted if no uncontaminated blood or buccal specimen can be obtained), whenever possible, to be withdrawn from the body of the decedent in a timely fashion. Within 45 days after the collection of the specimens, the coroner or medical examiner shall deliver those specimens, dried, to the Illinois Department of State Police, Division of Forensic Services, for analysis and categorizing into genetic marker groupings to be maintained by the Illinois Department of State Police in the State central repository in the same manner, and subject to the same conditions, as provided in Section 5-4-3 of the Unified Code of Corrections. The requirements of this paragraph are in addition to any other findings, specimens, or information that the coroner or medical examiner is required to provide during the conduct of a criminal investigation.
    In all counties, in cases of apparent suicide, homicide, or accidental death or in other cases, within the discretion of the coroner, the coroner may summon 8 persons of lawful age from those persons drawn for petit jurors in the county. The summons shall command these persons to present themselves personally at such a place and time as the coroner shall determine, and may be in any form which the coroner shall determine and may incorporate any reasonable form of request for acknowledgement which the coroner deems practical and provides a reliable proof of service. The summons may be served by first class mail. From the 8 persons so summoned, the coroner shall select 6 to serve as the jury for the inquest. Inquests may be continued from time to time, as the coroner may deem necessary. The 6 jurors selected in a given case may view the body of the deceased. If at any continuation of an inquest one or more of the original jurors shall be unable to continue to serve, the coroner shall fill the vacancy or vacancies. A juror serving pursuant to this paragraph shall receive compensation from the county at the same rate as the rate of compensation that is paid to petit or grand jurors in the county. The coroner shall furnish to each juror without fee at the time of his discharge a certificate of the number of days in attendance at an inquest, and, upon being presented with such certificate, the county treasurer shall pay to the juror the sum provided for his services.
    In counties which have a jury commission, in cases of apparent suicide or homicide or of accidental death, the coroner may conduct an inquest. The jury commission shall provide at least 8 jurors to the coroner, from whom the coroner shall select any 6 to serve as the jury for the inquest. Inquests may be continued from time to time as the coroner may deem necessary. The 6 jurors originally chosen in a given case may view the body of the deceased. If at any continuation of an inquest one or more of the 6 jurors originally chosen shall be unable to continue to serve, the coroner shall fill the vacancy or vacancies. At the coroner's discretion, additional jurors to fill such vacancies shall be supplied by the jury commission. A juror serving pursuant to this paragraph in such county shall receive compensation from the county at the same rate as the rate of compensation that is paid to petit or grand jurors in the county.
    In every case in which a fire is determined to be a contributing factor in a death, the coroner shall report the death to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The coroner shall provide a copy of the death certificate (i) within 30 days after filing the permanent death certificate and (ii) in a manner that is agreed upon by the coroner and the State Fire Marshal.
    In addition, in every case in which domestic violence is determined to be a contributing factor in a death, the coroner shall report the death to the Department of State Police.
    All deaths in State institutions and all deaths of wards of the State in private care facilities or in programs funded by the Department of Human Services under its powers relating to mental health and developmental disabilities or alcoholism and substance abuse or funded by the Department of Children and Family Services shall be reported to the coroner of the county in which the facility is located. If the coroner has reason to believe that an investigation is needed to determine whether the death was caused by maltreatment or negligent care of the ward of the State, the coroner may conduct a preliminary investigation of the circumstances of such death as in cases of death under circumstances set forth in paragraphs (a) through (e) of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 95-484, eff. 6-1-08; 96-1059, eff. 7-14-10.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3014

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3014) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3014)
    Sec. 3-3014. Autopsy to be performed by licensed physician; costs; reports. Any medical examination or autopsy conducted pursuant to this Division shall be performed by a physician duly licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, and wherever possible by one having special training in pathology. In Class I counties, medical examinations or autopsies (including those performed on exhumed bodies) shall be performed by physicians appointed or designated by the coroner, and in Class II counties by physicians appointed or designated by the Director of Public Health upon the recommendation of the advisory board on necropsy service to coroners after the board has consulted with the elected coroner. Any autopsy performed by a physician so appointed or designated shall be deemed lawful. The cost of all autopsies, medical examinations, laboratory fees, if any, and travel expenses of the examining physician and the costs of exhuming a body under the authority of subsection (c) of Section 3-3015 shall be payable from the general fund of the county where the body is found. The examining physician shall file copies of the reports or results of his or her autopsies and medical examinations with the coroner and also with the Department of Public Health.
    No coroner may perform any autopsy required or authorized by law unless the coroner is a pathologist whose services are requested by the coroner of another county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-317.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3015

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3015) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3015)
    Sec. 3-3015. Circumstances under which autopsy to be performed.
    (a) Where a death has occurred and the circumstances concerning the death are suspicious, obscure, mysterious, or otherwise unexplained and in the opinion of the examining physician or the coroner the cause of death cannot be established definitely except by autopsy, and where a death has occurred while being pursued, apprehended, or taken into custody by or while in the custody of any law enforcement agency, it is declared that the public interest requires that an autopsy be performed, and it shall be the duty and responsibility of the coroner to cause an autopsy to be performed, including the taking of x-rays and the performance of other medical tests as the coroner deems appropriate.
    (b) The coroner shall instruct involved parties that embalming of the body is not to be conducted until the toxicology samples are drawn. If a child dies from suspicious or unexplained circumstances, the coroner shall secure the services of a pathologist. The Department of Public Health shall provide coroners and pathologists with a child death autopsy protocol.
    (c) If the coroner determines it advisable to exhume a body for the purpose of investigation or autopsy or both, and the coroner would have been authorized under this Section to perform an investigation or autopsy on the body before it was interred, the coroner may exhume the body after consulting on the matter with the state's attorney and upon the order of the circuit court directing the exhumation upon the petition of the state's attorney.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-317; 87-419; 87-895.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3016

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3016) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3016)
    Sec. 3-3016. Sudden infant death syndrome. Where an infant under 2 years of age has died suddenly and unexpectedly and the circumstances concerning the death are unexplained, an autopsy shall be performed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches who has special training in pathology. When an autopsy is conducted under this Section, the parents or guardian of the child shall receive a preliminary report of the autopsy within 5 days of the infant's death. All suspected Sudden Infant Death Syndrome cases shall be reported to the Statewide Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Program within 72 hours.
    Death certificates shall list the cause of death as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome where this finding is medically justified pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Department of Public Health. Copies of death certificates which list the cause of death of infants under 2 years of age as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome shall be forwarded to the Department of Public Health within 30 days of the death with a report which shall include an autopsy report, epidemiological data required by the Department and other pertinent data.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3016.5

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3016.5)
    Sec. 3-3016.5. Sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).
    (a) All autopsies conducted in this State shall include an inquiry to determine whether the death was a direct result of a seizure or epilepsy. If the findings in an autopsy of a medical examiner, examining physician, or coroner are consistent with known or suspected sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), then the medical examiner, examining physician, or coroner shall:
        (1) cause to be indicated on the death certificate
    
that SUDEP is the cause or suspected cause of death; and
        (2) forward a copy of the death certificate to the
    
North American SUDEP Registry at the Langone Medical Center at New York University within 30 days.
     (b) For the purposes of this Section, "sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy" refers to a death in a patient previously diagnosed with epilepsy that is not due to trauma, drowning, status epilepticus, or other known causes, but for which there is often evidence of an associated seizure. A finding of sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy is definite when clinical criteria are met and autopsy reveals no alternative cause of death, such as stroke, myocardial infarction, or drug intoxication, although there may be evidence of a seizure.
(Source: P.A. 98-340, eff. 1-1-14; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3017

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3017) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3017)
    Sec. 3-3017. Cremation. In any death where the remains are to be cremated, it shall be the duty of the funeral director or person having custody of the dead body to obtain from the coroner a permit to cremate the body. The coroner's permit to cremate shall be presented to the local registrar in applying for the Permit for Disposition of Dead Human Body provided for in Section 21 of the Vital Records Act, and the local registrar shall attach the coroner's permit to cremate to the Permit for Disposition of Dead Human Body which is issued. No crematory shall cremate a dead human body unless a Permit for Disposition of Dead Human Body with an attached coroner's permit to cremate has been furnished to authorize the cremation.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1028; 87-895.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3018

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3018) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3018)
    Sec. 3-3018. Death certificates. Every coroner, as soon as he shall have completed his investigation of the cause and circumstances of any death coming within his jurisdiction hereunder, shall issue a death certificate on the form prescribed by law.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3019

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3019) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3019)
    Sec. 3-3019. Removal of bodies; violation. No dead body which may be subject to the terms of this Division, or the personal property of such a deceased person, shall be handled, moved, disturbed, embalmed or removed from the place of death by any person, except with the permission of the coroner, unless the same shall be necessary to protect such body or property from damage or destruction, or unless necessary to protect life, safety, or health. Any person knowingly violating the provisions of this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3020

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3020) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3020)
    Sec. 3-3020. Coroner to be notified; violation. Every law enforcement official, funeral director, ambulance attendant, hospital director or administrator or person having custody of the body of a deceased person, where the death is one subject to investigation under Section 3-3013, and any physician in attendance upon such a decedent at the time of his death, shall notify the coroner promptly. Any such person failing to so notify the coroner promptly shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, unless such person has reasonable cause to believe that the coroner had already been so notified.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3021

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3021) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3021)
    Sec. 3-3021. Public policy; release of body to next of kin. As a guide to the interpretation and application of this Division it is declared that the public policy of the State is as follows:
    That as soon as may be consistent with the performance of his duties under this Division the coroner shall release the body of the decedent to the decedent's next of kin, personal representative, friends, or to the person designated in writing by the decedent or to the funeral director selected by such persons, as the case may be, for burial, and none of the duties or powers of coroners enumerated in this Division shall be construed to interfere with or control the right of such persons to the custody and burial of the decedent upon completion of the coroner's investigation.
    Nothing herein shall be construed to preclude the coroner from consulting with the decedent's next of kin, personal representative, friends or the person designated in writing by the decedent where the decedent was under treatment by prayer or spiritual means alone in accordance with the tenets and practice of a well recognized church or religious denomination in making his preliminary investigation under subsection (E) of Section 3-3013, nor shall anything herein contained be construed to require an autopsy by reason of the sole fact that the decedent was under treatment by prayer or spiritual means alone.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3022

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3022) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3022)
    Sec. 3-3022. Bystanders. If a sufficient number of jurors so summoned do not attend, the coroner may summon others from among the bystanders to make up the jury.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3023

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3023) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3023)
    Sec. 3-3023. Penalties against jurors. Whoever, being so summoned as a juror, fails or refuses, without good cause, to attend at the time and place required, or appearing, refuses to act as such juror or misbehaves while acting as such juror, shall be guilty of a petty offense and be fined not less than $3 nor more than $20.
    Any fine collected under this Section shall be paid over to the county treasurer and deposited into the general fund of the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1028.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3024

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3024) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3024)
    Sec. 3-3024. Oath of jurors. When the jury are assembled, the coroner shall appoint one of the number as foreman, and administer to him an oath or affirmation, in the following form, to-wit:
    You, as foreman to this inquest, do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may require), that you will diligently inquire, and true presentment make, how, and in what manner, and by whom or what, the body which lies dead, came to its death; and that you will deliver to me, the coroner of this county, a true inquest thereof, according to such evidence as shall be given you, and according to the best of your knowledge and belief; so help you God.
    And to the other jurors, one as follows, to-wit:
    The same oath which A B, your foreman has just now taken on his part, you and each of you do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may require), to keep on your respective parts; so help you God.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3025

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3025) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3025)
    Sec. 3-3025. Verdict of jury. It shall be the duty of the jurors, as sworn aforesaid, to inquire how, in what manner, and by whom or what, the said dead body came to its death, and of all other facts of and concerning the same, together with all material circumstances in anywise related to or connected with the said death, and make up and sign a verdict, and deliver the same to the coroner. As part of its verdict, the jury may make recommendations other than for criminal prosecutions.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3026

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3026) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3026)
    Sec. 3-3026. Summoning witnesses; subpoenas. The coroner shall have power to summon, or cause to be summoned, and compel the attendance of all such witnesses whose testimony may probably be requisite to the proving of any fact or circumstance relating to the object of such his inquest, and to administer to such witnesses the proper oath.
    If the coroner is unable to secure records or documents he deems necessary to complete the investigation required by Section 3-3013, or for the establishing or proving of any fact or circumstance relating to the object of his inquest, he shall appear before the circuit judge of the county for which he is coroner and, upon good cause shown, said judge shall issue a subpoena for the delivery to the coroner of the documents or records requested.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3027

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3027) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3027)
    Sec. 3-3027. Notice of inquest. The coroner shall make a reasonable attempt to notify the family of the deceased, and all known eyewitnesses to the death, of the date an inquest is to be held. Such notice shall be given at least 7 days before the date of the inquest. Such family members or eyewitnesses shall, if they request it, be given an opportunity to testify at the inquest. For purposes of this Section, "family" includes the parents, children, brothers and sisters of the deceased.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3028

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3028) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3028)
    Sec. 3-3028. Recognizance of witness. If the evidence of any witness implicates any person as the unlawful slayer of the person over whom the inquest is held, the coroner shall recognize such witness in such sum as he may think proper, to be and appear at the Circuit Court for the county on a designated day, within 30 days from the date of the recognizance, or as soon after such designated day as the court is in session, there to give evidence of the matter in question, and not depart without leave.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3029

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3029) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3029)
    Sec. 3-3029. Commitment of witness; returns. If any witness shall refuse to enter into such recognizance, it shall be the duty of the coroner to commit the witness so refusing to the common jail of the county, there to remain until discharged according to law; and the coroner shall carefully seal up and return to the clerk of the court the verdict of the jury, and the recognizances, and it shall be the duty of the clerk to carefully file and preserve the same.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3030

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3030) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3030)
    Sec. 3-3030. Representation of witnesses by counsel. Any witness appearing at the inquest shall have the right to be represented by counsel.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3031

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3031) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3031)
    Sec. 3-3031. Testimony reduced to writing; coroner's verdict not admissible in civil suit. The coroner shall cause the testimony of each witness who may be sworn and examined at any inquest to be written out and signed by said witness, together with his occupation and place of residence, which testimony shall be filed with said coroner in his office and carefully preserved: Provided, the coroner may cause the testimony of such witnesses to be recorded or taken in shorthand minutes and transcribed by a competent person, who shall certify that the transcript of the evidence so taken and transcribed by him from notes or a recording is a true and correct copy of the original minutes taken at said inquest and is a true and correct statement of the testimony of each of the several witnesses who have testified at said inquest. Which said transcript shall be filed and carefully preserved in the office of the coroner: And, provided, further, that whenever the testimony of the several witnesses at such inquest shall have been recorded or taken in shorthand minutes and transcribed as above provided for, the several witnesses shall not be required to sign such transcript or other statement of his testimony. Provided, further, that in any suit or proceeding hereafter commenced for the recovery of damages arising from or growing out of injuries caused by the negligence of any person, firm or corporation resulting in the death of any person or for the collection of a policy of insurance, neither the coroner's verdict returned upon the inquisition as provided herein, nor a copy thereof, shall be admissible as evidence to prove or establish any of the facts in controversy in said civil suit or proceeding.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3032

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3032) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3032)
    Sec. 3-3032. Inquest record. Every coroner shall, at the expense of the county, be supplied with proper record books wherein he shall enter the name, if known, of each person upon whose body an inquest shall be held, together with the names of the jurors comprising the jury, the names, residences and occupations of the witnesses who are sworn and examined, and the verdict of the jury; in case the name of the person deceased is not known, the coroner shall make out a description of said person, and enter the same upon the record book to be so kept by him, together with all such facts and circumstances attending the death which may be known, and which may lead to the identification of the person; and shall carefully take an inventory of said person's personal effects and property of every kind and nature whatever, and state on his records what has been done with the same, and where the proceeds of any such property and the money and papers, if any, are deposited.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3033

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3033) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3033)
    Sec. 3-3033. Disposition of property. When any valuable personal property, money or papers, are found upon or near the body which is the subject of a coroner's investigation, inquiry or inquest, the coroner shall take charge of the same and deliver the same to those entitled to its care or possession; but if not claimed, or if the same shall be necessary to defray the expenses of the burial, the coroner shall, after giving 10 days' notice of the time and place of sale, sell such property, and after deducting coroner's fees and funeral expenses, deposit the proceeds thereof, and the money and papers so found, with the county treasurer, taking his receipt therefor, there to remain subject to the order of the legal representatives of the deceased, if claimed within 5 years thereafter, or if not claimed within that time, to vest in the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3034

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3034) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3034)
    Sec. 3-3034. Disposition of body. After the inquest the coroner may deliver the body or human remains of the deceased to the family of the deceased or, if there are no family members to accept the body or the remains, then to friends of the deceased, if there be any, but if not, the coroner shall cause the body or the remains to be decently buried, cremated, or donated for medical science purposes, the expenses to be paid from the property of the deceased, if there is sufficient, if not, by the county. The coroner may not approve the cremation or donation of the body if it is necessary to preserve the body for law enforcement purposes. If the State Treasurer, pursuant to the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act, delivers human remains to the coroner, the coroner shall cause the human remains to be disposed of as provided in this Section. If the police department of any municipality or county investigates abandoned cremated remains, determines that they are human remains, and cannot locate the owner of the remains, then the police shall deliver the remains to the coroner, and the coroner shall cause the remains to be disposed of as provided in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96-1339, eff. 7-27-10; 97-679, eff. 2-6-12.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3035

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3035) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3035)
    Sec. 3-3035. Liability of common carrier for burial expenses. When any railroad, common carrier, airline or any steamboat, barge, propeller or other vessel engaged in whole or in part in carrying passengers for hire, brings the dead body of any person into this State; or, wherever any person dies upon any railroad car, airplane or any such steamboat, barge, propeller or other vessel in this State, or any person is killed by cars or machinery of any railroad company, or by accident thereto, or by accident to or upon any such airplane, steamboat, barge, propeller or other vessel, or by accident thereto, or when the death occurs in or about any mine, mill or manufactory, and such death shall have been caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of any such railroad company, common carrier, airline, steamboat, barge, propeller or other vessel owner, or of the owner of any mine, mill or manufactory, the company or person owning or operating such railroad cars, common carrier, airline, machinery, barge, steamboat, propeller or other vessel, mine, mill or manufactory, shall be liable to pay the expenses of the coroner's inquest upon and for the burial of the deceased, and the same may be recovered in the name of the county, in any circuit court.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3036

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3036) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3036)
    Sec. 3-3036. Arrest of slayer based on verdict. If a person implicated by the inquest as the unlawful slayer of the deceased or an accessory thereto is not in custody therefor, the coroner acting upon the signed verdict of his jury shall, in his capacity as conservator of the peace, apprehend such person and immediately bring him before a judge of the circuit court of his county to be dealt with according to law on a criminal charge preferred on the basis of such verdict.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3037

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3037) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3037)
    Sec. 3-3037. Embalming dead body. No licensed embalmer or person shall embalm the dead body of any person with, or inject therein, or place thereon any fluid or preparation of any kind before obtaining permission from the coroner where such body is the subject of a coroner's inquest. Any person who shall violate the provision of this Section commits a business offense and shall be fined not exceeding $5,000.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3038

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3038) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3038)
    Sec. 3-3038. Coroner in military service. In case any coroner is called into the active military service of the United States, the office of coroner shall not be deemed to be vacant during the time such coroner is in the active military service of the United States, but the presiding officer of the county board of the county, with the advice and consent of the county board, shall appoint some competent and qualified person to perform and discharge the duties of coroner in such county during the time such coroner is in the active military service of the United States, and such person shall receive the same compensation as provided by law for the coroner, apportioned as to the time of service, and such appointment and all authority thereunder shall cease upon the discharge of such coroner from the active military service of the United States. Such appointee shall give a bond as required of regularly elected coroners.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3039

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3039) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3039)
    Sec. 3-3039. Vacancy. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of coroner, that vacancy shall be filled as provided in The Election Code.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3040

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3040) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3040)
    Sec. 3-3040. Appointment of deputies. Each coroner may appoint one or more deputies as the coroner, in his or her sole discretion, determines necessary and appropriate, subject to county board appropriations. The appointment shall be in writing and signed by the coroner. A deputy's compensation shall be determined by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 88-281.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3041

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3041) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3041)
    Sec. 3-3041. Oath of deputies. Each deputy shall, before entering upon the duties of his office take and subscribe an oath or affirmation, in like form as required of coroners, which shall be filed in the office of the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3042

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3042) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3042)
    Sec. 3-3042. Duties of deputies. Deputy coroners, duly appointed and qualified, may perform any and all of the duties of the coroner in the name of the coroner, and the acts of such deputies shall be held to be acts of the coroner.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3043

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3043) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3043)
    Sec. 3-3043. Vacancy; appointed coroner. When a permanent vacancy in the office of coroner occurs and the position is an appointed one, the county board shall fill the vacancy within 60 days from the time the vacancy occurs. If the sheriff of the county is selected to perform the duties of the coroner and the sheriff agrees to serve in that capacity, the sheriff may be compensated for those duties. This compensation shall be in addition to all other compensation received as sheriff. Any sheriff who is serving as coroner before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 must be reappointed in order to continue to serve as coroner and to receive additional compensation under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-738.)