On September 15, 2009, after more than eight weeks of fact-gathering and analysis, the Cemetery Oversight Task Force issued its final report to the Governor. The report provides recommendations to ensure rigorous oversight and regulation of Illinois’ for-profit cemeteries. To read the full report, please click on the link below:
Panel will Probe Operations and Recommend Tough Regulations, Laws
On July 16, 2009, Governor Pat Quinn signed an Executive Order forming the Cemetery Oversight Task Force (press release). Governor Quinn's Executive Order calls for the task force to conduct a comprehensive review of "the circumstances surrounding the recent tragic events at Burr Oak Cemetery" and to "provide detailed recommendations on what policies, laws, rules and regulations should be implemented." The Task Force will examine the management of for-profit cemeteries with the intent of bolstering industry regulations and proposing needed consumer protection laws, and also explore the need to overhaul regulations that govern "cemeteries, funeral directors and embalmers."
The Cemetery Oversight Task Force, comprised of eleven public-minded Illinois citizens, will conduct its public meetings and submit its report to Governor Quinn by September 15, 2009. Members of the public are encouraged to use this website to learn about the work of the task force and to provide public comment, information and advice to the task force.
"We must have sound and comprehensive rules and regulations so atrocities like Burr Oak never happen again.," said Governor Quinn.
The following is a list of public meetings:
Final Open Meeting – Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 – 10:30-11:30AM – Chicago, Thompson Center, 15th Floor A-Press Room (“Blue Room”)
6th Open Meeting - Thursday, September 10th, 2009 – 2-4PM – Chicago, Thompson Center, Room 16-503
5th Open Meeting - Thursday, August 27th, 2009 – 2-4PM – Chicago, Thompson Center, Room 16-503
4th Open Meeting - Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 – 2-4PM – Springfield, DCEO Auditorium, 1st Floor, 620 E Adams St
3rd Open Meeting - Thursday, August 13th, 2009 – 2-4PM – Chicago, Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N LaSalle St, C-500
2nd Open Meeting - Thursday, August 6th, 2009 – 5:30-7:30PM – Chicago, Julian High School, 10330 S Elizabeth St
1st Open Meeting - Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
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