(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.)