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Funeral and Cemetery Reform moves closer to passage|Your Funeral Guy

25 Mar

Funeral and Cemetery reform moving through Congress.

Breaking News-Funeral and Cemetery Reform Moved closer to passage in the US Congress yesterday, The Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act moved from the House Subcommittee,to the Full Energy and  Commerce Committee in the US House of Representatives. This bill will bring positive changes to the Funeral Industry by bringing cemeteries and Third party Vendors under the Funeral Rule.

The Bill states that a seperate rule would be created for cemeteries, and sellers of funeral goods and burial services.  This bill was written in reaction to the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal.  If passed the legislation should prevent another Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal from occurring in the United States.

READ the bill and more  info here

The bill was proposed by Congressman Bobby Rush, of the First District of Illinois.Read  Congressman’s Bobby Rush  latest statement on the bill here.

The Bereaved Consumers Bill Of Rights Act is moving through Congress.

In a mark-up meeting today, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection voted to send the “Bereaved Consumer’s Bill of Rights Act of 2009″ (H.R. 3655) to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration, moving it one step closer to passage. (A mark-up is the part of the legislative process during which the committee with jurisdiction over the bill reviews, amends and approves it, preparing it for consideration by the full House of Representatives.) The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., would require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to initiate a separate rule that would cover cemeteries and all other sellers of funeral or burial goods or services.

Now, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will consider the bill, likely after the Easter recess. If H.R. 3655 passes the House Energy and Commerce Committee, it will move to the House of Representatives for debate and a vote

via www.facebook.com

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Illinois Cemetery Oversight Board comes into existence-Your Funeral Guy

1 Mar

Parts of the Illinois  Cemetery Oversight Act  take effect today. To sum up The Cemetery Oversight Board comes into existence today. This is part  the Legislation that the Illinois Governor Quinn signed into law before the election in February.

The cemetery Oversight Task Force was set up in response to the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal of  July 2009. The center of the legislation is to move cemetery regulation into the Illinois Department of  Financial and Professional Regulation, and the Cemetery Oversight Board.

This new board is an integral part of a wider, more comprehensive regulatory framework enacted to protect families in their dealings with cemeteries, funeral directors, and embalmers,” IDFPR Secretary Brent E. Adams said.

The creation of a nine-member Cemetery Oversight Board was a major component of the law that resulted from the many reforms and recommendations of the Cemetery Oversight Task Force.

via cbs2chicago.com

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Your Funeral Guy Debates 2003 Burr Oak Perpetua CEO-On “Coverup” Memo

3 Feb

The other day I had a significant  E-mail exchange  with the former 2003 CEO Of Burr Oak Cemetery the memo exposed by Chuck Goudie Of ABC Local  last  Friday Night. The Email Exchange is presented here-there is no editorial  on this in this post beyond the E-mails.

From: “SLIVY@xxx.com” <SLIVY@xxx.com>
To: YourFuneralGuy@yahoo.com
Sent: Tue, February 2, 2010 11:12:54 AM
Subject: Do You Ever Read The Background Information on The “News” You Pass Along?


The Memo Clearly points to a  Perpetua INC,  cover up of known Grave desecration with an effort to hide the  info from  ILLINOS COMPTROLLER OFFICE  EMPLOYEE DAVID FOLEY.  Perpetua is a Funeral and cemetery company owner the of Burr Oak Cemetery (Scandal). SHOW ME WHERE?

THE LATEST INFORMATION REVEALS PERPETUA INC AND SILVY EDMONDS COTTON  ATTEMPTING TO  COVER UP GRAVE DESECRATION, AND POSSIBLE GRAVE ROBBING at BURR OAK CEMETERY. SHOW ME WHERE?

Astute lawyers and victims have included Perpetua Inc and Silvy Cotton in their lawsuits. ARE YOU ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO SUE ME BASED ON YOUR FAULTY ANALAYSIS?

The 2003 Memo related to possible desecrations of graves that I uncovered which I believed to have occurred over decades; a point that would be clear to anyone who read the complete files I submitted to the FBI several months ago, but should be clear to anyone who can read the Memo that was posted online.  Since it was I who investigated the finding in 2003, and it was I who contacted our attorney to find out who in the Comptroller’s office we should report the incident to; and it was I who was told to contact David Foley in the Comptroller’s office; and since it was I who contacted David Foley and set up the meeting that the Comptroller’s office confirms did occur; and since it was I who provided the Memo to the FBI several months ago who the hell are you to even suggest that I hid any information from David Foley or the Comptroller’s office? Did you read any of the information? I have consulted with a couple of people in the industry who told me to just ignore you since you are viewed as somewhat of a hack, however, my attorney is concerned that you are slandering my name and character. If it doesn’t stop I WILL take legal action against you.

If you were anything of a Consumer advocate you should be questioning whether there was a scandal in July 2009 at all. Does it seem strange to you that the crime scene and the area I identified in 2003 are one and the same? You should be questioning why Burr Oak Cemetery was INVADED with the entire cemetery turned upside down, when a cemetery with almost twice as many allegations in California during the same timeframe didn’t suffer a similar approach.  Find the answer to those questions and then you can consider yourself relevant. Otherwise, stop trying to turn facts into gossip.

Sincerely,Slivy Edmonds Cotton  (This is my correct name)

Slivy Edmonds Cotton  (This is my correct name)

Here is the First Response:

Hello,

The memo clearly reveals grave desecrations -and that you did not think the info would go to the comptroller-although you clearly placed the blame on previous owner. There is no evidence that you revealed the problem to Law enforcement authorities. In fact what is stated is that you did not think the comptroller would find out.

Show Me answer “I am not sure he would want to report anything to the Comptroller that would be unpleasant”

I am totally in my rights to my opinion on this memo posted at  the Capital Fax blog
I am not encouraging people to sue you- people are suing you which is all that I stated.
I apologize for spelling your name wrong.It is being Corrected.

I have reported extensively on The other Scandal Eden Memorial Park and the antics of Service Corporation International.

Your Funeral Guy

Here is my second response

Re: Do You Ever Read The Background Information on The “News” You Pass Along?
Tue, February 2, 2010 12:59:42 PM

From:
Robert Burkhardt <yourfuneralguy@yahoo.com> 

Add to Contacts

To: SLIVY@xxx.com

Calling me a hack, is slander, but there is no surprise funeral industry folks say that as i have exposed fraud in the Illinois Funeral Directors Association and NFDA leadership. Please let me know who stated that

Your Funeral Guy.

Here is Slivy Cotton’s reply

From: “SLIVY@xxx.com” <SLIVY@xxx.com>
To: yourfuneralguy@yahoo.com
Sent: Tue, February 2, 2010 1:38:57 PM
Subject: Re: Do You Ever Read The Background Information on The “News” You Pass Along


In a message dated 2/2/2010 12:15:11 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time, yourfuneralguy@yahoo.com writes:

Hello,

The memo clearly reveals grave desecrations -and that you did not think the info would go to the comptroller-although you clearly placed the blame on previous owner. There is no evidence that you revealed the problem to Law enforcement authorities. In fact what is stated is that you did not think the comptroller would find out. This is just patently false. Perhaps you read you just don’t understand what you read.

I said the attorney to whom our attorney was speaking who was a friend of the Comptroller might not might not want to report something to the Comptroller that might be unpleasant. It was our job to get to the Comptroller and that is what happened.
Show Me answer “I am not sure he would want to report anything to the Comptroller that would be unpleasant”

I am totally in my rights to my opinion on this memo posted at  the Capital Fax blog

Your opinions don’t reflect the facts.  Have you read the statements from the Comptroller’s office that confirm that I met with them; disclosed that we had found remains there and sought their advice on how to proceed. What part of that leads you to an OPINION that I was trying to cover up anything and keep anything from David Foley?
You opinion is baseless and is slander. The Memo is part of a 15 page document that lays out a plan of action and recommendations to which you obviously haven’t been privy to. Notwithstanding that the Memo you did read DOES NOT lead to your opinion.
Slivy Edmonds Cotton

I am not encouraging people to sue you- people are suing you which is all that I stated.
I apologize for spelling your name wrong.It is being Corrected.

I have reported extensively on The other Scandal Eden Memorial Park and the antics of Service Corporation International.

Your Funeral Guy

Here is my Final response
Re: Do You Ever Read The Background Information on The “News” You Pass Along

Tue, February 2, 2010 2:37:49 PM

From:
Robert Burkhardt <yourfuneralguy@yahoo.com> 

Add to Contacts

To: SLIVY@xxx.com

Hello,
The matter clearly was not reported to law Enforcement-by you or the Comptroller’s Office.  Crimes Committed  were not reported. AS I HAVE STATED OVER AND OVER- THE COMPTROLLER IS NOT THE PROPER AUTHORITY.
THE SHERIFF WAS  NOT INFORMED.

Working through the comptroller was a cover up in itself- The comptroller had no authority in Cemetery operations.(only preneed trust funds).
This is all over the news and my blog. Whether you realize it or not the Perpetua Lawyer, had you cover up.He knew the authority of the Comptroller was limited to preneed funds.

Your Lawyer advised you to cover up 1.By Going to The Comptrollers Office 2). By Going to Foley, Dan Hynes may not have been told about it. There is no proof that comptroller investigators took the info anywhere even with a meeting.“I am not sure he would want to report anything to the Comptroller that would be unpleasant( The investigative meeting angle has been played out before in Illinois Funeral Directors association Theft with no appropriate action or reporting to higher ups).

As far as e-mails from the comptrollers office-they are posted on my blog. They Continue on Both Burr Oak and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. That makes me a Hack?

Like it or not you covered up.

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Results, in IL Gov Race + whose Responsible for Burr Oak(Coverup)|Not Clear-Your Funeral Guy

3 Feb

Illinois Funeral Directors are suing various arms of the State of Illinois, IFDA, and Merrill Lynch.

The results are in  Illinois  Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal  and  Illinois Governor’s race. “Il  Gov declares victory challenger vows fight.” In the Burr Oak Cemetery situation the lady who wrote the 2003  Burr oak Cemetery Scandal “cover up” Memo vowes to fight as well.

The results in Each matter is unclear.

There may be a recount of the Illinois Governor’s race but there will be a recounting of the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal at this blog because the Perpetua CEO has vows  a fight  about her memo. The CEO has come out fighting  in a news report and   started a fight about the memo with with Your Funeral Guy 0n the Burr Oak Cemetery Disaster 2003 coverup.

The close Governors race was reported at the Huffington Post.

With just about 5,000 votes separating incumbent Governor Pat Quinn and state Comptroller Dan Hynes in the race for the Illinois Democratic nomination for governor, Quinn claimed victory early Wednesday while Hynes said it’s not over yet.via www.huffingtonpost.com

The Fighting 2003 Perpetua CEO  came out Fighting About her “2003 cover up”memo revealed in the Governor’s Race was revealed Tuseday night by an ABC Reporter Chuck Goudie:

“I just returned last night from a two week vacation in Dubai and Uganda,” Ms. Edmonds Cotton told the I-Team Tuesday afternoon. “I never expected to be in the middle of a primary race in Illinois. I am disappointed that my Memo (sic) has been used as political fodder” she wrote in an email response to our request for an interview last week.via abclocal.go.com the words of Slivy Cotton

A Video of this report can Be Viewed Here.

Former Burr Oak Cemeterry  Former  CEO Fight your Funeral Guy E-Mail.

From: “SLIVY@xxx.com ” <SLIVY@xxx.com>
To: YourFuneralGuy@yahoo.com
Sent: Tue, February 2, 2010 11:12:54 AM
Subject: Do You Ever Read The Background Information on The “News” You Pass Along?

The Memo Clearly points to a  Perpetua INC,  cover up of known Grave desecration with an effort to hide the  info from  ILLINOS COMPTROLLER OFFICE  EMPLOYEE DAVID FOLEY.  Perpetua is a Funeral and cemetery company owner the of Burr Oak Cemetery (Scandal).

SHOW ME WHERE?

THE LATEST INFORMATION REVEALS PERPETUA INC AND SILVY EDMONDS COTTON  ATTEMPTING TO  COVER UP GRAVE DESECRATION, AND POSSIBLE GRAVE ROBBING at BURR OAK CEMETERY.

SHOW ME WHERE?

Astute lawyers and victims have included Perpetua Inc and Silvy Cotton in their lawsuits.

ARE YOU ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO SUE ME BASED ON YOUR FAULTY ANALAYSIS?

The 2003 Memo related to possible desecrations of graves that I uncovered which I believed to have occurred over decades; a point that would be clear to anyone who read the complete files I submitted to the FBI several months ago, but should be clear to anyone who can read the Memo that was posted online. Since it was I who investigated the finding in 2003, and it was I who contacted our attorney to find out who in the Comptroller’s office we should report the incident to; and it was I who was told to contact David Foley in the Comptroller’s office; and since it was I who contacted David Foley and set up the meeting that the Comptroller’s office confirms did occur; and since it was I who provided the Memo to the FBI several months ago who the hell are you to even suggest that I hid any information from David Foley or the Comptroller’s office? Did you read any of the information? I have consulted with a couple of people in the industry who told me to just ignore you since you are viewed as somewhat of a hack, however, my attorney is concerned that you are slandering my name and character. If it doesn’t stop I WILL take legal action against you.

If you were anything of a Consumer advocate you should be questioning whether there was a scandal in July 2009 at all. Does it seem strange to you that the crime scene and the area I identified in 2003 are one and the same? You should be questioning why Burr Oak Cemetery was INVADED with the entire cemetery turned upside down, when a cemetery with almost twice as many allegations in California during the same timeframe didn’t suffer a similar approach.  Find the answer to those questions and then you can consider yourself relevant. Otherwise, stop trying to turn facts into gossip.

Sincerely…..

Slivy Edmonds Cotton  (This is my correct name)”

NOW THE SHORT ANSWER TO BURR OAK CEMETERY COVER UP MEMO IS:

THE MEMO IS A COVER UP BECAUSE COTTON AND PERPETUA WENT TO THE COMPTROLLER WHO HAD NO AUTHORITY IN THE MATTER. The memo or memos should have gone to Law Enforcement.

The Long Answer will follow.

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Nice to be complemented by  some in a  failing Funeral Industry as a hack.

Your Funeral Guy’s e-mail from Cotton Original To this post.

The memo from the Capitol Fax Blog can be viewed here:

IL Gov Campaign-Quinn Cries Hynes Cover Up in 2 Funeral Scams|YourFuneralGuy

1 Feb

In the Last Day of the Democratic Campaign for Illinois Governor Quinn is screaming  at Hynes “Cover up” in 2 Illinois Funeral Scandals. Scandal #1: The Burr Oak Cemetery Grave Desecration.  Scandal #2 the Illinois Funeral Directors Preneed Ponzi Scheme.

The smoking gun for Dan Hynes appears to be a memo that surfaced Friday(Jan. 29th)  in  Channel 7 news report. The memo shows that  Comptroller Hynes office knew of body desecration and grave stacking at Burr Oak Cemetery in 2003.

Hynes had no regulatory authority in “Cemetery Operations” but could have turned the matter over to law enforcement.

The same is true in the Great  Illinois Funeral Directors Association  Preneed ponzi scheme. Hynes had limited authority in that insurance scam  and choose not to turn the matter over to law enforcement or prosecution early on.

Funeral  and Cemetery fraud should always be prosecuted, That said the memo shows that the perpetrators(coverup) in Burr Oak are  Perpetua and  Manager Silvy Cotton.

In The IFDA Preneed Trust Scam the perpetrators(coverup) was done by the association ‘s leadership.

Unfortunately For Dan Hynes the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal may well be the most horrific in the nations history, and the IFDA Preneed Insurance scam is the greatest insurance scam in the history of the State of Illinois.

These scandals spelled well publicized catastrophe and happened under the Comptrollers watch. He had limited regulatory authority in each matter which makes it look like a coverup.  This situation for “Hynes” may  cost him the governorship. Quinn knows knows these facts but is using them to his advantage…..

State of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

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All summed up at the Capitol Fax Blog.…quoting Quinn’s spokesperson.

“Over the past months, as the scandal at Burr Oak Cemetery and the $100 million collapse of a statewide pre-need funeral trust fund have unfolded, Comptroller Hynes has repeatedly covered up,

Ten Top INFO Links on New Funeral and Cemetery Legislation-YourFuneralGuy

31 Jan

The Bereaved Consumers Bill Of Rights is being considered in Congress.

Here are then ten top  info Links on the New Funeral And Cemetery Reform Legislation. The Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act of 2009 was proposed by Congressman Bobby Rush in response to the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal.

For the  first time in many years there is hope that consumers ill not be ripped off when someone dies.

Legislation

Congressman Bobby Rush Hearing OpeningStatement

FCA | STATEMENT

Order of the Golden Rule|Statement

NFDA Statement

NFDA|Testimony

Illinois Cemetery Oversight Testimomy

ICCFA Testimony

FTC |Testimony

Summary Of Committee Testimony

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Illinois Politicos try to cremate Comptroller on Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal-YourFuneralGuy

31 Jan

It appears that some  Illinois Politicians are trying to throw Dan Hynes into the Cremation chamber.

Political Leaders tried to cremate  candidate Hynes on the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal at an SEIU Rally Saturday. The Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal, may be the worst in the Nations History.

Evidence Surfaced that Hynes knew about the Scandal in 2003 on Friday Night in both a  Burr Oak Cemetery Memo and a Illinois Office of Comptroller(IOC) Memo.

Quinn keeps hammering on Hynes incompetence on the Burr cemetery situation in a tv ad.

Hynes said he tried to encourage the owner of Burr Oak Perpetua  Inc. to do the right thing. but the revealed memo shows a cover up  of Grave desecration by the Company.

We tried to point [Perpetua] in the right direction to make sure they were following proper channels,” Hynes said.

via www.suntimes.com

Hynes  “not my job” response in the Burr Oak Cemertery Scandal  may cost him  the nomination for Governor. Political candidates are not the real culprits here, but  the Perpetua Company  and it’s owners are.

Following a get-out-the-vote rally with members of the Service Employees’ International Union, Quinn alleged Hynes knew of improper disposal of human remains and didn’t do anything about it.

“They were given specific information that they knew, that they acknowledge there were human remains not properly disposed of at the cemetery,” Quinn said. “Now the proper thing to do would have been to immediately investigate that, as he did with other cemeteries in Illinois, but they decided not to do anything. And I think they owe the people an explanation for why not and an apology for not acting properly.”

Rush, an African-American congressman from the South Side, said Hynes’ failure to act earlier was a disservice to the black community.

“He was so uncaring, so callous, so cavalier that he didn’t even lift a finger. Didn’t bat an eye, didn’t do anything,” Rush said. “The gall of this man to come now to ask for our votes for governor– when he has been probably the most callous comptroller in the history of this country when it relates to the pain and suffering of our community.”

via newsblogs.chicagotribune.com

Congressman Bobby Rush introduced  “FUNERAL AND CEMETERY REFORM”National Legislation after the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal.

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