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(55 ILCS 5/) Counties Code.

55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-27

    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-27 heading)
Division 5-27. Burial of Indigent
Veterans and their Families

55 ILCS 5/5-27001

    (55 ILCS 5/5-27001) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-27001)
    Sec. 5-27001. Appointment of person to have charge of interment. Each county board shall designate some suitable person or persons to serve without compensation, who shall cause to be properly interred the body of any honorably discharged veteran who served in the army or navy of the United States during the Civil War, Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Uprising in China, or with the armed forces of the United States in World War I, World War II, during the national emergency between June 25, 1950 and January 31, 1955, during the Viet Nam Conflict between January 1, 1961 and May 7, 1975, or with the armed forces of the United States in any congressionally sanctioned war or conflict after the Viet Nam Conflict, or their mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, widows, widowers or minor children, who may hereafter die in such county, without having sufficient means to defray the funeral expenses. This Division shall not apply to such mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, widows or widowers, if they were recipients of public assistance at the time of death.
(Source: P.A. 96-98, eff. 1-1-10.)

55 ILCS 5/5-27002

    (55 ILCS 5/5-27002) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-27002)
    Sec. 5-27002. Fees. The expense of such burial shall not exceed the sum of $900; such burial shall not be made in any cemetery or burial ground used exclusively for the burial of the pauper dead, or in that portion of any burial ground so used. In case relatives of the deceased, who are unable to bear the expenses of burial, desire to conduct the funeral, they may be allowed to do so, and the expense thereof shall be paid as hereinafter provided.
(Source: P.A. 96-98, eff. 1-1-10.)

55 ILCS 5/5-27003

    (55 ILCS 5/5-27003) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-27003)
    Sec. 5-27003. Expenses paid by county. The expenses of such burial and headstone shall be paid by the county in which such veteran or his or her mother, father, husband, wife, widow, widower or minor children resided at the time of such death; and the county board in such counties under township organization, or county commissioners in such counties not under township organization, is authorized and directed to audit the account, and pay the said expenses in a similar manner as other accounts against such county are audited and paid: Provided, that nothing in this Division contained shall apply to the burial of veterans who are residents of the Veterans' Home at the time of their death.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)