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Bodies of the Poor Piling Up at Chicago Morgue

Post  AnnaEsse on Thu 19 Jan - 7:55

Times are so tough in Illinois that the state and its largest city are having a difficult time burying its poor.

In Chicago, bodies are stacking up in the city morgue because the medical examiner's office hasn't paid for the burial boxes used for the dead who were indigent.

At the office of the Cook County Medical Examiner, the morgue's cooler, built to hold 300 bodies, currently has 500, including a hundred babies. All of the decomposing corpses are too much for the room's ventilation system.

ďThere are so many bodies in there now, they canít keep it cool enough. The stench is like nothing Iíve ever seen,Ē a source told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I think itís sacrilegious."

Chief Medical Examiner Nancy L. Jones acknowledged the backlog, but claimed that there were no more than 300 unburied bodies. In September Jones courted controversy when it was revealed that bodies of the indigent would be donated to science unless family members collected them within 60 days.

The rest of the state is short on cash to cover the cost of burying those on welfare. State lawmakers slashed funding for such work, cutting what was a $13 million budget down to $1.9 million. The state pays for the burial of an estimated 12,000 poor people each year.
-Noel Brinkerhoff


http://www.allgov.com/Where_is_the_Money_Going/ViewNews/Bodies_of_the_Poor_Piling_Up_at_Chicago_Morgue_120118

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Re: Bodies of the Poor Piling Up at Chicago Morgue

Post  malena stool on Fri 20 Jan - 23:14

AnnaEsse wrote:Times are so tough in Illinois that the state and its largest city are having a difficult time burying its poor.

In Chicago, bodies are stacking up in the city morgue because the medical examiner's office hasn't paid for the burial boxes used for the dead who were indigent.

At the office of the Cook County Medical Examiner, the morgue's cooler, built to hold 300 bodies, currently has 500, including a hundred babies. All of the decomposing corpses are too much for the room's ventilation system.

ďThere are so many bodies in there now, they canít keep it cool enough. The stench is like nothing Iíve ever seen,Ē a source told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I think itís sacrilegious."

Chief Medical Examiner Nancy L. Jones acknowledged the backlog, but claimed that there were no more than 300 unburied bodies. In September Jones courted controversy when it was revealed that bodies of the indigent would be donated to science unless family members collected them within 60 days.

The rest of the state is short on cash to cover the cost of burying those on welfare. State lawmakers slashed funding for such work, cutting what was a $13 million budget down to $1.9 million. The state pays for the burial of an estimated 12,000 poor people each year.
-Noel Brinkerhoff


http://www.allgov.com/Where_is_the_Money_Going/ViewNews/Bodies_of_the_Poor_Piling_Up_at_Chicago_Morgue_120118
It's tragic that any nation, especially a nation as generous as the US should fail its citizens in life, but to keep the bodies of its dead unburied through an alleged lack of funds is disgusting to say the least. If they find $1.9 million is insufficient to cover the internment of 12.000 poor destitute people in the most rudimentary of coffins then find the savings elsewhere, at least allow their dead the respect of a decent burial.

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