Eight photographs and one video taken late last year purported to show the conditions of the funeral home depict piles of dirty sheets, a dead rodent rotting in a stairway and water running from pipes in the embalming room.
Stories by Beth Hundsdorfer — Capitol News Illinois
Feb 29, 2024 | Beth Hundsdorfer — Capitol News Illinois
After 80 Families Received Wrong Remains From Downstate Funeral Home, Illinois Lawmakers Propose New Legislation
Feb 9, 2024 | Beth Hundsdorfer — Capitol News Illinois
On Thursday, Sen. Doris Turner, D-Springfield, introduced legislation mandates that a funeral director must place a unique identifier on the deceased’s body, body bag, and any body part, organ, or tissue separated from the deceased to be used in nontransplant organ donation. A director must also maintain chain of custody documentation.
Prisoner Review Board Releases Final Illinoisan Serving Life Sentence for ‘Three-Strikes’ Drug Offense
Dec 21, 2023 | Beth Hundsdorfer — Capitol News Illinois
Charles Collins, 49, was sentenced to life in prison without parole in relation to a 2010 charge for cocaine possession with intent to sell. It was his third felony, making him eligible for an enhanced sentence under the state’s habitual criminal, or “three-strikes,” law.
Oct 5, 2023 | Beth Hundsdorfer — Capitol News Illinois
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith will resign effective Dec. 31, he told colleagues in an all-staff town hall meeting Wednesday morning.
Former Illinois State Trooper Seeks Restoration of Driving Privileges Nearly 16 Years After Crash That Killed Teen Sisters
Sep 14, 2023 | Beth Hundsdorfer — Capitol News Illinois
For years, former Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White blocked attempts by an ex-state trooper to regain his driving privileges after a high-speed crash that caused the deaths of teenage sisters on a busy St. Clair County interstate in 2007.
Watchdog Overseeing Abuse, Neglect Cases at State-Run Facilities Resigns for Job as Chicago Park District’s Inspector General
Aug 7, 2023 | Beth Hundsdorfer — Capitol News Illinois
After serving nearly four years as the watchdog for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Peter Neumer will join the Chicago Park District as inspector general.
A new state watchdog report calls for a “fundamental overhaul” at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center.
Jul 11, 2023 | Beth Hundsdorfer — Capitol News Illinois
Allegations of patient abuse, cover-ups and misconduct continue to proliferate at a beleaguered facility for people with developmental disabilities, despite promises of reform from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and officials in his administration.