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Full Text of HB1639  103rd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2023 and 2024


Introduced 2/1/2023, by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth


55 ILCS 5/3-3046 new

    Amends the Counties Code. Creates the Coroner Standards and Reorganization Task Force. Provides for the appointment of 9 members to the Task Force. Includes provisions relating to Task Force membership, meetings, duties to evaluate different aspects concerning coroners in Illinois, and reports to the Governor and General Assembly. Provides that the Coroner Training Board shall provide administrative and other support to the Task Force. Provides that the Task Force is dissolved on January 1, 2025. Repeals the provisions on January 1, 2026. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning local government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Counties Code is amended by adding Section
53-3046 as follows:
6    (55 ILCS 5/3-3046 new)
7    Sec. 3-3046. Coroner Standards and Reorganization Task
9    (a) The Coroner Standards and Reorganization Task Force is
10created. The Task Force shall consist of the following
12        (1) one member appointed by the Speaker of the House
13    of Representatives, one member appointed by the Minority
14    Leader of the House of Representatives, one member
15    appointed by the President of the Senate, and one member
16    appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate;
17        (2) three members appointed by the Governor, two of
18    whom are either an elected coroner within the State at the
19    time of appointment or a former elected coroner within the
20    State;
21        (3) the Secretary of State or the Secretary's
22    designee; and
23        (4) the Director of the Department of Public Health or



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1    the Director's designee.
2    Initial appointments to the Task Force shall be made not
3more than 3 months after the effective date of this amendatory
4Act of the 103rd General Assembly. If a vacancy occurs in the
5Task Force membership, the vacancy shall be filled in the same
6manner as the original appointment until the Task Force is
7dissolved. Task force members shall serve without
9    (b) The Task Force shall hold its first meeting within one
10month after its members have been appointed and shall convene
11as the Task Force deems appropriate to carry out its duties and
12submit the reports required under this Section. At its first
13meeting, the Task Force shall elect its chairperson and any
14other officers from among its members.
15    (c) The Task Force should evaluate the following in
16consultation with the Coroner Training Board:
17        (1) whether professional experience and medical
18    competency requirements for elected coroners are feasible
19    and, if so, how those requirements ought to be
20    implemented;
21        (2) whether the regionalization of coroner offices in
22    the State or portions of the State is feasible and, if so,
23    how the regionalization of those offices ought to be
24    implemented;
25        (3) whether the current distribution of resources and
26    funding made available to coroners throughout the State is



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1    adequate;
2        (4) whether there ought to be ethics requirements for
3    coroners, including, but not limited to, ethical
4    requirements concerning conflicts of interest arising from
5    coroners who serve as coroners and operate funeral homes;
6        (5) whether best practices concerning death
7    investigation should be implemented;
8        (6) whether the current law regarding autopsies is
9    effective and complied with;
10        (7) whether best practices concerning organ and tissue
11    donation referrals ought to be implemented; and
12        (8) whether the coroner training program implemented
13    under the Coroner Training Board Act is effective when
14    compared with best practices for coroner training and
15    continuing education employed in other states.
16    (d) The Task Force shall submit an initial report to the
17Governor and the General Assembly not later than 12 months
18after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 103rd
19General Assembly. The report shall include the Task Force's
20findings and shall summarize the actions the Task Force has
21taken and those it intends to take in response to its
22obligations under this Section. After it submits its initial
23report, the Task Force shall submit a final report to the
24Governor and the General Assembly between July 1, 2024 and
25December 1, 2024 to apprise the Governor and the General
26Assembly of any additional findings made or actions taken by



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1the Task Force.
2    (e) The Coroner Training Board shall provide
3administrative and other support to the Task Force.
4    (f) The Task Force is dissolved on January 1, 2025.
5    (g) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2026.
6    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
7becoming law.