Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal|Comptroller proposes reform-YourFuneralGuy

16 Jul

The Illinois Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal has prompted quick proposals for cemetery reform.

The Illinois Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal has prompted quick proposals for cemetery reform.

The Comptroller from the State of Illinois has proposed reforms in response to the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal. Politicians whose district includes the cemetery have brought pressure on

State of Illinois Dan Hynes to make reform happen quickly.

Reform is needed but other  recommendations from local experts and the Illinois House Funeral and Burial Prearrangement Task Force need to be considered.

Cemetery “Experts” from outside of the State of Illinois have been stating that reform needs to be passed today or tomorrow.

The problem is that there is a crossover between funeral sales and cemetery sales.


This occurs in the area of Preneed, or prearranged burials and funerals.

Funeral preneed sales people are not licensed in the State of Illinois and the same sort of preneed burial plot scam that went down at Burr Oak  Cemetery has been put up by the non licensed funeral preneed people.

Both funeral Preneed and cemetery preneed folks need to be licensed.

In the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal 300 Graves were dug up, bones were piled high and 100,000 graves need to be accounted for.

In the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal 300 Graves were dug up, bones were piled high and 100,000 graves need to be accounted for.

The Good news is that Governor Pat Quinn wants to move more cautiously with reform.

Grave desecration should never be tolerated. Dismemberment of human remains is a felony. The people at Burr Oak Cemetery did heinous acts.

Summary from the Comptroller’s July 15th press release.

  • All cemeteries and their staff who sell cemetery plots and other goods would be required to be licensed through the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation…..
  • Cemeteries would be required to provide reasonable maintenance based on standards enforceable by both state and local officials.
  • Requires cemeteries to keep detailed records and maps…..
  • Creates a consumer bill of rights, including requiring cemeteries to provide consumers with a booklet in plain English detailing those rights under the law.
  • Extends crime victims assistance eligibility to family members of those who are victims of the crimes charged at Burr Oak Cemetery.
  • Provides a cost of living increase for public aid burials…….

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One Response to “Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal|Comptroller proposes reform-YourFuneralGuy”

  1. fullbodytransplant July 16, 2009 at 10:13 am #

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