Senator Turner

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner spearheaded a measure through the Senate that would hold funeral homes accountable by reestablishing integrity and trust in the death care industry. Her legislation, Senate Bill 2643, comes in response to a Carlinville funeral home insufficiently handling human remains, giving over 60 families the wrong remains.

“The status quo isn’t working. Dead or alive, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “I’m committed to holding bad actors accountable. No family should receive the dreaded call that they were given the wrong remains.”

Senate Bill 2643 would add identification rules and regulations for the handling and storing of human bodies. When the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation receives a complaint, the agency would be required to inspect the premises within 10 calendar days.

Turner’s initiative would require funeral establishments and crematory authorities to maintain a chain of custody records that are uniquely identified to the deceased, ensuring that the death care industry is able to identify the human remains in its possession through final disposition.

“The victimization these families have had to endure is egregious and long lasting,” said Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon. “This common sense legislation will help ensure that our loved and lost are given the dignity they deserve.”

Senate Bill 2643 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and heads to the House for further consideration.