Illinois Cemetery reform has put been put on hold till 2010 by the Illinois Senate. The Illinois Senate wants to hold it’s own hearings on Cemetery reform. This legislation was approved by the Illinois house and submitted to the Illinois Senate.
On Friday the Illinois Senate President called for more hearings responding to private cemetery objections. this reform is desperately needed and as up to 300 graves were desecrated at Burr Oak Cemetery near Chicago
CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports that the proposed reforms were buried on Friday amid concerns from private for-profit cemeteries who wanted to be excluded from many of the requirements in the proposal.
On Thursday, the reforms passed overwhelmingly in the Illinois House and the sponsors predicted it would also pass easily in the State Senate.
But Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) did not allow that vote on Friday. Instead, he planned to call another round of public hearings on cemetery reform — time and place still uncertain.
Illinois Representative Bill Black R-Danville came out on the side of the cemeteries and spoke out against the reform.
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Walmart selling caskets is drawing fire from the Funeral industry. This should be expected as there prices are far less than you will find at the Funeral Home. First in the AP Story the President of the NFDA dismissed the concept of selling caskets online. This is disputed here.
Some are calling Wall Mart selling caskets a beta test. This is not the case. The original Associated Press Story released to the media addressed the beta test issue. One Wall-Mart spokesman called it a beta test(Ravi Jariwalla) while the Star Legacy Casket CEO said there was a deal(contract) and not a simple test.(the lower level spokesman Ravi may have had incomplete information.) See the AP Story .
Many Funeral directors are trying to dismiss Wall-Mart selling Caskets at a discount as not useful and meaningless.
Other are engaging in direct attack and putting out the lie that WalMart is selling Chinese Caskets.http://www.pamil-visions.net/walmart-caskets/27406/
This is not the case, the Caskets Walmart is selling are made in the NORTH AMERICA..
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walmart picture from wikipedia under the creative commons license
Illinois has proposed Cemetery Reform. Legislation has passed the Illinois House of Representatives Executive Committee. The Legislation is set to go to the full Illinois House. The legislation was developed in reaction to the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal near Chicago.
The legislation introduces background checks, licensing and registration at cemeteries. The proposed law requires cemeteries to have maps and burial records. Cemeteries must be properly maintained. Managers are to provide key info to state database that will keep track of who is buried where.
House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, unveiled the legislation as proponents contended it would “put teeth” in lax state oversight laws that contributed to the Burr Oak tragedy, where graves were desecrated. Several Burr Oak workers were charged in a scheme to dig up as many as 300 bodies and resell burial plots…..via newsblogs.chicagotribune.com
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Walmart selling caskets(an AP story) on line has drawn some interesting Web Reactions. From just in time for Halloween, to a suggested new Wal Mart Slogan- “Save Money: Live Better,Die better” to the more political spin “Walmart selling caskets online-just in time for government health care.”
Wal Mart Seling Caskets has been called impersonal, and not a threat to the funeral industry.The story covered by the Associated Press has been carried by major news organizations around the world.
From Mashable: “But, if you simply want to save a few dollars at the end, well, now you can.”
The National Funeral Directors Association new president Pat Lynch implied it is really not a big deal to the funeral industry, but it is.
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The grim reaper may have got Billy Mays but he's back with a costune contest for Halloween
As most folks know Billy Mays died this past summer. The advertising wizard has passed on. His legacy will continue this Halloween. There is a costume contest sponsored by his son Billy Mays III. The son has shown some creativity on keeping his memory as a celebrity alive. First the website(wheresbillymays.com), then the costume contest.
Halloween is approaching rapidly and it goes without saying that “deceased celebrities” (and balloon boy) will most likely be a huge theme at every gathering.
There will no doubt be a multitude of people dressed as Billy Mays (or zombie Billy Mays).. it is one of the easiest costumes of all time to put together. (Beard, blue button-down, khakis, prop product, etc..)
So, I’ve decided to hold a little contest for best costume.
1. Simply send a photo of your costume to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your contact info (email and/or twitter will do)
2. Be tasteful. (Zombies ARE permitted)
3. Project your voice.
4. Have fun.
There are many prizes for the winner including a tub full of oxy clean. The memorial website has a place for tributes and of Course Billy Mays sightings. Yes there are also Billy May’s videos.
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the sale of Wal-Mart Caskets threaten the traditional funeral director
Walmart caskets poses at threat to the funeral industry and a help to the funeral consumer. Walmart is the largest retailer in the United States of America. It poses a threat to the Funeral Industry even if it is just selling caskets online. It is part of something called Unbundling of Funeral Packages a trend soon to be encouraged by the Federal Government in the Bereaved Consumers Bill Of Rights (AKA Bereaved Consumers Protection Act). The FTC is
Walmart has sales that are larger than any third world countries.
From the Memorial Business Journal.
Today, when a behemoth like Wal-Mart starts working your side of the street, things could get interesting, with the obvious reaction being this will cause further downward pressure on retail casket prices.
“Wal-Mart represents a bigger threat than Costco since they have so many nearby locations,” said David Nixon, president of Nixon Consulting, Chatham, Ill. “Even though their caskets are only online, the retail power is the largest in the United States.”
“This is not an overnight cataclysm, but a slow, inexorable chipping away of pieces,” said Alan Creedy, president of Trust 100, Raleigh, N.C. He sees Wal-Mart’s entry into funeral service as part of ongoing trend toward unbundling.
Star Legacy Caskets of McHenry, IL is the company selling the caskets through Walmart. the company gives next day shipping through Federal Express.
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Obama has issued an emergency declaration about the H1N1 swine flu virus. There has been 1000 H1N1 deaths in USA. The Obama administration did not choose to use newer technology in producing the Vaccine for the H1N1 Virus. Using the 1970s technology has delayed a vaccine.
The danger is that the virus may mutate. The more widespread the virus the more chance of mutation. For the good of all -hopefully the virus will not mutate and there will not be an excessive number of funerals.
President Obama signed a proclamation declaring the H1N1 influenza a national emergency, giving doctors and medical facilities greater leeway in responding to the flu pandemic.
Obama signed the declaration late Friday, which the White House said allows medical treatment facilities to better handle a surge in flu patients by waiving federal requirements on a case-by-case basis.
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The White House likened the declaration to a pre hurricane warning.