burial

Next year the state will have a new way to dispose of dead bodies where no next of kin is found or families don’t have the means to pay for a burial… and it could benefit students.

thesouthern.com

HERRIN, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois town where striking union coal miners clashed with replacement workers in one of the nation's deadliest labor conflicts has completed an effort to identify victims buried nearly one century ago in unmarked graves.

 Most of the 23 victims of the June 1922 Herrin Massacre were buried in an old pauper's field at the city cemetery. An archeological team has worked since 2009 to pinpoint those burial locations. 

Governor Bruce Rauner froze several state grants in order to balance the budget for the current fiscal year. Now lawmakers are asking what will happen to the people who relied on those programs even after their deaths. 

Springdale Cemetery GM removed

Mar 15, 2013

Springdale Cemetery is looking for a new general manager.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the Cemetery Management Authority voted to terminate its contract with Jon Austin: 

 Austin took the helm of the historic burial ground three years ago. The cash-strapped cemetery has struggled with ways to find more revenue and expand its community outreach. Cemetery Authority chair Bob Manning says Austin has been very professional, but did not make significant progress on his annual goals. He says a strong financial and marketing background are some of the qualities the board wants to see as it begins its search for the next general manager: