Friday, January 27, 2012

Morgue Overhaul

  • Saying she was "disturbed and discouraged and disappointed," Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle promised to "overhaul" the medical examiner's office -- and fire some workers -- because of crowded conditions in the morgue.

    "I've been as disturbed and discouraged and disappointed by the information that's come to my attention at the medical examiner's office as many of you," Preckwinkle said following a tour of the facility today. "I expect there will be some people that lose their jobs."

Lose their jobs? Did everyone see the pictures from the morgue?

The ME claims there are only 300 bodies on site. Workers at the morgue say it's closer to 500. We'll say that these pictures are ridiculous and we've haven't seen anything like this, even in 1995 when the morgue had refrigerated trucks on site.

This is a disgrace.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The County did not renew the contract to transport indigent dead to Potters Field for burial and cut the contingency money for refrigerated trailers.

Maybe she should hire Mike Rowe and the Dirty Jobs crew to clean up a self-inflicted mess

1/27/2012 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right to carry guns legal or not legal and obviously more bodies at the morgue!!!

1/27/2012 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it cheaper for cremation?

1/27/2012 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that the cook county president refuses to admit that this happened on her WATCH? She should be the first to apologize to the public RATHER than initiating thus MEDIA campaign and PLAYING the victim. We need ACCOUNTABILITY and the county president is DEFERRING that away from her administration. Take the blame!!! Shame ! Shame! Shame !

1/27/2012 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Perwinckle saw the 300 pound women they had in the back? Well at least she enjoyed the smell.

1/27/2012 12:21:00 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

It is a disgrace, but I don't think the ME is to blame. She isn't a publicity hound. Just does her job. When the state stops paying to bury the indigent, what's she supposed to do? A few months ago, she floated the idea of just applying the law that says that if a body is unclaimed for 30 days, it can be donated to the local medical schools. People flipped, so that idea was shot down. The state doesn't pay for burials. The county doesn't give her enough room for the indigent dead to be stacked in coolers in a dignified way. Her fault?

The only other time anyone even noticed this woman was back when Michael Scott's body was found. Daley had JFled announce immediately that it was a suicide. She was asked, and said that she couldn't say it was suicide because she hadn't yet done an autopsy, and Richie went loony tunes on her. That right there should give her some credibility.

Final note: when I saw her on the 4 pm Channel 7 news today, it was the first time I'd seen a picture of her. She's the opposite of most County publicity-hounds. The place might be poorly run, might need some changes in policy, but since when does SCC trust Chuck Goudy's sensationalistic bullshit?

1/27/2012 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone mention the giant crate that dozens of babies are all kept in together like big toy box?

1/27/2012 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks worse then burr oak to me.... double standards for county, i mean cook county goverment of corse....

1/27/2012 12:44:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

Michael Madigan has a guy working for you to collect votes that works at the morgue. Bet nothing will happen to him

1/27/2012 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not ridiculous.... Its Cook County! LMFAO

1/27/2012 01:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We currently have an unused streets and san. incererator or two here. Thirty days to collect your kin or he gets cremated. In a respectful manner of course.

1/27/2012 01:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But from the womb too the tomb , pick up your dead, nope who gonna pay too buries my couzin!

1/27/2012 01:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THEY'RE DEAD GET OVER IT!
If you're so worried stack them up in the 011th district along with the half dead ones in the lobby.

1/27/2012 03:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disturbing yes but I'm sure somewhere down the line the ME s office suffered budget cuts just like everyone else. What are they supposed to do down there? They can't turn the bodies away. Maybe toni should overhaul her budget and give the ME s office a little bit more resource before she fires people.

1/27/2012 03:45:00 AM  
Blogger JohnL said...

HOW HOW, I ask, could she not have known about this?
Is she just like Stroger Jr. as dumb as a box of rocks?

1/27/2012 05:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they have trucks like in 1995?

1/27/2012 05:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My opinion:

That asshole wants to find the whistleblower and have them fired too. Only in this town. Be careful Toni, that is a ghetto lottery lawsuit waiting to happen.

Here's an out of the box idea, fire the ME!!!!!!! It's obvious she cant handle the job.

1/27/2012 05:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This us sickening, in human and unholy. The president of the cook county board caused this by cutting the budget at the morgue. Vote that women out.

1/27/2012 05:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's like fuckin' Mogadishu!

Failed state, anyone?

1/27/2012 05:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

False outrage? These assholes at the County have known about this problem for a long time. They didn't give two fucks until it reached the media and they got forced to do something about it. Want to fire somebody? Start with the bosses at the County Building.

1/27/2012 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Start with firing the people that take the notifications, they talk to you like crap because they know you and the dead guy ain't going nowhere until you get a case number from them. We all know the names, see if you can guess, Old crotchity guy that hangs up on you, or F/1 cop hater that puts you on hold for 10 minutes(on your cell) and don't you dare hang up and call back, and "send the report with the body" sure ! And to my body snatchers, I always put you on time because they're the best thing our toothless union ever negotiated for us.

1/27/2012 06:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Heartless Taxpayer said...

Anonymous said...
Isn't it cheaper for cremation?

1/27/2012 12:11:00 AM
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ABSOLUTELY.

What is the problem? Start cremating them and get rid of them. Why are WE the taxpayers paying for full-blown burials??

Anyone crying about this "not being appropriate" cough up some money then to bury them. Reverends??? Jesse?

Yeah - this is an OUTRAGE. An outrage that we (the taxpayers) have to pay for a burial when there is no money from the family.

I find that hard to believe. They have money - but not for taking care of their dead.

1/27/2012 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger SCC said...

To Bill:

You end up being guilty of the same thing we ripped WBBM for the other day and what we harp on with the obvious bias in the media.

You say, "The place might be poorly run, might need some changes in policy, but since when does SCC trust Chuck Goudy's sensationalistic bullshit?"

If you click the embedded links, they both go to the Tribune. First in Mark Walberg's column (who earned a decent rep as Kass's legman) and the second link is to Tribune photographers. Where does Goudie come into the equation?

And we intentionally left out blaming any individual, instead quoting Preckwinkle and pointing out that we have never seen it so bad. That isn't laying the blame at Dr. Jones' feet by any stretch.

You ask what she (Dr. Jones) should have done? How about raising hell once the morgue passed it's capacity of 300? Pointing out the health safety problems of storing 400 or 500 dead bodies in unsafe and unsanitary conditions?

Unfortunately, Dr. Jones suffered the wrath of the political Machine once before, and a beaten puppy is a scared animal. She sold her soul to the Machine for a generous paycheck, imagined prestige and security, while not realizing that she was, is, and remains the "fall girl" for Preckwinkle should the heat become to much.

As someone else stated, this is an above ground Burr Oak, in more ways than one. A mysterious absence of outrage though.

And as for your characterization of a cooler full of maybe 400 dead bodies stacked 4 and 5 high as "sensationalistic bullshit," if you could let us know the current threshold of human remains necessary to provoke your outrage, we'd appreciate it.

Asshat.

1/27/2012 07:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As if no one knew about this. I AGREE that Preckwinkle should apologise first, then go down the line, supervisor to supervisor. Why has this happened? Isnt there guidelines? I think this has been going on for YEARS unoticed.

1/27/2012 07:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Squad, hold me down for lunch and I'll take an event number with that.

1/27/2012 07:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And as for your characterization of a cooler full of maybe 400 dead bodies stacked 4 and 5 high as "sensationalistic bullshit," if you could let us know the current threshold of human remains necessary to provoke your outrage, we'd appreciate it.
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I'm going with 900-1000 ;)

1/27/2012 07:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They may be dumping them out in the burbs for someone else to deal with.

1/27/2012 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Drill Instructor used to say:"If you eat shit long enough; you'll choke on a steak." As residents of Cook County we have ate the shit and readily accept corruption and incompetence as normatl and acceptable. Those pictures from the Morgue were taken in secret by employees and they are an outrage. It looks like a disaster or thrird world country, and maybe that is what we have become! Daleyland is a disaster and we have paid for it and accepted it. The bodies are in the morgue, but the brain dead are the voters of this city and county.

1/27/2012 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do NOT blame Dr. Jones. She is a smart, hard-working, overworked, competent, and did the best she could with what she had. Remember, former police Supt. Leroy Martin was head of security there. Unfortunately, he hasn't been in the best of health for the past several years. He slept all day. It was a dumping ground for loafers (and I don't mean the shoes).

And how about the fact that nobody claims these bodies? They collected money while they were alive, and the families shared it. NOW....there's no money to claim them? Give me a break. But they will be the first in line to sue for their "loved ones" and the need to die with dignity.

Get some insurance. Stop getting your hair did. TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE, ACTIONS, AND DEPENDENTS....PLEASE!!!!!

1/27/2012 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New slogan at the Cook County Morgue:

"Our customers are dying to come in"

1/27/2012 07:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two thoughts:
Wood-chipper.
Chicagodishu.

1/27/2012 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over the last 20+ years I have had a lot of contact with Dr. Nancy Jones. She is a solid medical examiner and very professional. Likewise, most of the medical examiners have been great.

Unfortunately, some of the support staff are political hacks representing a political dumping ground for Cook County patronage.

It is no wonder that one of these hacks probably threw Dr. Jones under the bus and snapped a few pictures to make her look bad. Dr. Jones has been fighting the good fight for years with limited resources and a reduced number of medical examiners. At one time there were over 15 medical examiners doing the work, and I think there are only about 9 or 10 of them left. I wonder if any of the support staff were laid off during the latest budget crisis and used the pictures to get back at the ME's office?

1/27/2012 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unclaimed after 30 days incinerate and then hold paint can for another six months. If not claimed bury cans together in Potters Field.

1/27/2012 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Grim Reaper said...

I repeat, since the dead in Cook County can no longer be extorted out of their money, in Illinois, called taxes , they are treated accordingly.
The only useful purpose they now serve is to continue voting the Democratic ticket, because being dead in Cook County doesn't stop you from voting.

1/27/2012 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are we paying to bury these people? What is the matter with cremation? They are dead, they won't notice it.

Once again, taxpayers getting soaked one last time by most of these people.

If their families (or lack of families) won't tend to heir dead, it is up to us to deal with them for he lowest amount possible.

I'm sure there are plenty of crematories willing to get in on a contract.

1/27/2012 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Crematorium Clout said...

HERES AN IDEA

What not have a crematorium built in back of the Cook County Morgue by some politically clouted heavy weight?

After the body sits unclaimed for a number of days it is disposed of?

1/27/2012 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spray a little 2-4-5 Trioxin in the morgue, open the doors and they will clear out themselves.

1/27/2012 08:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toni "the man" preckwinkle will do the same thing obummer and all his followers do. Blame someone else, the obummer followers will blame bush, preckwinkle will blame the residents of cook county for not paying higher taxes. She will then fire people who are not at fault.

1/27/2012 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It becomes an issue of fight or flee against the combine.

1/27/2012 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, I do blame Dr. Jones. Under her watch she allowed the place to be filled up with Stroger allies who did nothing and loused things up. The few good employees have 3 times the work and have basically just given up. If you were to go there, its like a high school with all the yelling and screeming. Ask any funeral director about the "help and service" they are given.
Now under the new regieme, all they did was cut the budget without thought to what they were doing, add the Springfirld mess and you have a perfect storm.
Yes I do blame Dr. Jones for being afraid and NEVER speaking up to correct the problems. I guess the paycheck and presige means more than a good job.

1/27/2012 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do the bodies have to have a burial? It seems to me that to cut down on cost that a creamation makes more sense. It would also cut down on the cost of burial of the ashes as they would take up much less room. Give the family 30 days to claim their loved ones and either charge a storage fee or move the body to the oven, in a dignified manner of course.

1/27/2012 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, folks: there is a good explanation for this.

The County stopped burying 'em. What's the morgue supposed to do when the County won't bury 'em, and the families won't or can't bury 'em? Put bodies out with the lunchroom trash? Dump 'em in alleys?

1/27/2012 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuk that, stop blaming the morgue! If these hypes, gangbangers other bustouts families didn't pick up their useless bodies waiting for donations for T-shirts and liquor bottles. The morgue wouldn't be crowded. If u died of natural causes would you end up there NO! So those who did pass peacefully now have to share space with shitheads literally.

1/27/2012 09:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, its looks like ERPS in the 90's at 26th and cal.

1/27/2012 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a perfect example of what happens when the policy of "do more with less" goes too far.

1/27/2012 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How old are these pictures????

This is SOP for the morgue and its a big deal now???? Why???

1/27/2012 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if the county paid their bills for the boxes the county board said all bodies have to buried in, this wouldn't have happened...
Why is it the ME's fault is she supposed to pay for the boxes???

Toni, I liked you, but you are turning out like the rest. Blame someone else...

1/27/2012 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its doubly bad now since they turned off the refrigeration for non payment of electric bills,,,

1/27/2012 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..what a can of worms has been opened up at the morgue. Now all these family members that haven't given a crap about their deceased ones for months if not a year are now suddenly concerned. The only thing they smell at the coroner office is lawsuit.

1/27/2012 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outstanding response SCC!

1/27/2012 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The morgue has been like that for years. Someone got fucked over and got back at them. That's what you get when you have a democratically run city and state! This state is fucked up!

1/27/2012 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, crookago-crook county = Laughing Stock of the Nation.

1/27/2012 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More "nanny state" bullshit. It's simple folks, go pick up your dead relatives. Who the hell leaves their dead relatives at the morgue for several months?

1/27/2012 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be damned! The middle photo looks like the basement at 2259 S. Damen. Good to see the lights were finally fixed.

1/27/2012 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their family didn't care enough about them to do anything. So why should we?

1/27/2012 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crema #3

1/27/2012 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

SCC

Sorry to earn your ire. I read the stories in ST and Trib, but the coverage on Channel 7 with Goudy claimed to be the people who broke the story, so that's why I went there with that.

As for what level of ugly mismanagement would outrage me, I'd say this is outrageous, but that doesn't mean the ME isn't a fall guy, as you yourself say. She's NEVER ONCE gone to the media about anything. She just does her job. Someone in her office blew the whistle, and I agree with other commenters that Preckwinkle is probably more concerned with the bad publicity than the ugly and evil situation.

A situation that we can lay at the doors of the usual suspects: Illinois's brilliant state lawmakers. The ME had to stop burying the indigent when the state and county cut off funding. Again, what is she supposed to do? She tried to do the med school donation route and got creamed by the media and the reverends. So the bodies pile up.

This situation actually connects with other situations you frequently write about: felons being released from prison early to save money. The state is broke, and when the state stops paying for things it used to pay for--prisons, guards, burials--shit hits the proverbial fan. But unless people want to pay more taxes to pay for getting things done, more of the same is in the pipeline.

1/27/2012 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Last of the Dic's from A-6 said...

Nancy Jones is a first class medical examiner. I have been investigating homicides and deaths in this city for more than 30 years and she is one of the best I have ever seen.

The Cook County board is proposing legislation to change the method in which the ME can be discharged. That way the politicians can make the assignment another plumb that they can hand out to one their political hacks. Don't fall for that BS. The ME can be removed for good cause. If they have good cause then make the case.

The only thing that she was guitly of is attempting to make a broken and under funded system work after the politicians set it up for a certain failure. Sounds like the pension mess. The only way out of most of these situations is to properly fund the programs or bite the bullett in hard times and just say we can no longer supply this kind of service. This means that programs for the welfare class have to be cut, or eliminated.

The politicians do not have the courage to tell their voters but they will continue to tax the working class into a welfare state.

The only thing that Dr. Jones has failed to do is to be able to influence a bunch of politicians to do the right thing. It is hard to influence that crowd when you are an outsider on an issue that not one of them really cares about untill a photo shows up in the main streem media and shows them to be the inept fools that they are.

1/27/2012 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A reminder that however this happened, and it is a disgrace, these were all living, breathing people at one time. Some might have been an old person who died without any remaining family or were people whose family can't afford to pay for burial (it isn't cheap). We don't know how or why they ended up at the MEs office. They might have led totally honest and productive lives. Say a prayer for the repose of their souls and come up with some practical way to take care of their remains instead of pointing fingers. They all deserve some dignity instead of being stacked like cord wood.

1/27/2012 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fire up the furnaces.......

damn, if the family wont claim their dead, we the public don't want them, especially pay for burials.

1/27/2012 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous CHALKIE said...

"You ain't seen nuthin' yet!"

Thats just the daily deaths, routine stuff here in Chicago. Right now your looking at irresponsibility due to mismanaged funds.

JUST wait till May..... Its gonna be G(r)8!!!!!

I have plans... I will be bringing it. Will you?

Underfunding, lack of resources/training and bad management will be key factors in my game.

I am not looking for the Police. I am thirsty for those who think they will come here and create mayhem.

Signed,
"Chalkie"
The Official "Master of Mayhem".

1/27/2012 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must ask yourself? Why are the remains being stored there? Casket contract unfilled? You mean they can't find a contractor to fill that bid? That would be a first!

Looks like a smear campaign to protect one's self.

Media, that mirrored fun house you're in has a smoke machine and you just can't see. You sure can listen to the music though.

1/27/2012 01:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with Cremation!

How come the county don't just have them cremated with dignity!

These people had no money anyway, and we taxpayers get stuck with the bill!

At least "cremation is cheaper" then burial and saves land for better uses!

So start shipping off the dead to crematoriums!

1/27/2012 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr Jones is an Awesome lady who does a great job! Where the hell is she supposed to store the remains of the dead when there shitbabg relatives abandon them? This is a nonstory!Blame the State and County...not a hands tied administrator.

1/27/2012 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure with that many, even the "Rose Room" was filled.

Or, at least that's what a particular room was known as back in the 70's where we put the stinkers.

Retired almost 15yrs.......

1/27/2012 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NYC cremates all unwanted bodies. Much cheaper and more organized. If a body is not claimed within a certain time period put them in the oven. It is an accepted practice today and would clear out the morgue for the next round of bodies from the carnage on our streets. We must have order....

1/27/2012 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is exactly what happens when we vote losers like Todd Stroger into a office.

1/27/2012 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Cardinal George will at least go out and bless the unfortunate unwanted dead. Never happen. Not a good photo op for him or Prickwankle. No one should be stacked up like garbage and kept in a cold room. Almost looks like a Nazi concentration camp. A complete disgrace.

1/27/2012 02:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/27/2012 12:15:00 AM

Because dumbass this shit was happening before she took over as well. But since the cronies still had their jobs; no one went to the media to leak it.

1/27/2012 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

send 'em to moo and oink and make sausage

1/27/2012 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Jesse? Meeks? I say oh I say Listen hear

1/27/2012 03:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If indeed there is no money to remove the bodies, I don't see just what the ME can do about the situation.

Why can't the unclaimed bodies be crenated after some period of time? That seems like the answer.

1/27/2012 03:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toni, Rahm, aldermen, Gmac, this a disgusting picture, but it puts an image on how you make members of the CPD feel with all your backhanded, double standard bullshit.
One of the most well respected people on this job passes away and you don't even let the honor guard serve at his wake? Thank you to a couple members of the Honor Guard who gave up their own time to give the 8th district a crash course in procedures, the guys/gals from 008 did a great job and gave Kup the respect he deserves.
Oh but you piece of shit exempts demanded up front parking, a private room and refreshments in that room, you make me sick to my stomach.
This doesn't fall on all exempts, but there were some that noticed but wouldn't step up. Special Functions is in charge of the Honor Guard and the Supt can declare the funeral a Honors funeral even if it’s not a line/performance of duty death. It obviously didn't happen. What are you pimps jealous because the man was respected and people worked for him because he treated people like they should be treated and not like peons?
If these Judas' treat one of their own like that what do they think of us? See picture on this post and that's your answer.

1/27/2012 03:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toni said she is tired of everyone just laying around over there.

1/27/2012 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New CPD policy just out states that we will be allowing these people to stay in our lobbies

1/27/2012 03:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that the M.E. has refused to respond to the media.
Not infuriating, not terrible. But interesting.
I also find it interesting that Ms. Preckwinkly has tap-danced around that issue.
Methinks Ms Preckwinkly ordered the M.E. to have no contact with the press, then screwed her over for not doing so.

If there are no funds appropriated for the proper disposal of the bodies, if there is no provision made for the handling of such matters, I'd think the blame belongs to Ms. Preckwinkle.

1/27/2012 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe we could get the medical schools to donate some cash to the family members in return for having the body be donated for research. See how fast they will claim and sell their auntie, uncle,or cousin....That or do a commercial like they do for third world countries..."for just pennies a day you can watch your adopted body progress from the cooler, to the wake, to the burial. We will send you pictures so you can see the good your donation has done."

Seriously...whatever the solution may be, it's gonna come out of us taxpayers' pockets.

1/27/2012 04:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
THEY'RE DEAD GET OVER IT!
If you're so worried stack them up in the 011th district along with the half dead ones in the lobby.

1/27/2012 03:09:00 AM

The smell wouldnt be much different...

1/27/2012 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe we shouldn't all jump to conclusions on some photos most know nothing about. In two of the photos they have body bags stacked on top of wooden crates (coffins), could it be that they were stacked there while the attendants placed the bodies in coffins that you don't see in the pictures? YES. And on the other photo showing the bodies on the carts in the aisle. Could this be were they are placed in numerical order before the autopsy is conducted and then afterward they are placed on the appropriate racks? I'll answer again for you. YES. It is messed up because it's the county but don't let some pictures you really don't know anything about or some attention grabbing news reports make your opinions for you.

1/27/2012 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No corpse, cadaver, body of any dearly departed will be moved until they are confirmed to be registered voters in the upcoming Cook County elections.
GSSP was well paid ($1000*) to deliver them and be damn sure, at the very least, we're going to get someone elected in this city, county and state with their votes.

( * the city was arguing the cost of body removal with GSSP, and was suppose to reduce their fee. Nowhere can I find if their contract was renewed and the current fee, which is appx 17 times the amount paid for D3 out-of-grade)

1/27/2012 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Dart should investigate. He should hire more of his lawyer friends and get to the bottom of issue.

1/27/2012 05:51:00 PM  
Anonymous CHALKIE said...

"You ain't seen nuthin' yet!"

Thats just the daily deaths, routine stuff here in Chicago. Right now your looking at irresponsibility due to mismanaged funds. ALSO, REMAINS NO ONE WANTS TO CLAIM. Bodies get shipped there all the time because the families expect the Government to flip the bill as with everything else in their lives..... This is Democratic/Liberal Chicago after all. I say send them on dry ice and UPS over night them to the next of kin. Its their responsibility and expense.

JUST wait till May..... Its gonna be G(r)8!!!!!

I have plans... I will be bringing it. Will you?

Underfunding, lack of resources/training and bad management will be the medias spin on the end result. When the damage is done, the bodies stacked, it will really be ALL MY DOING!!!!

I am not looking for the Police. I am thirsty for those who think they will come here and create mayhem.

Signed,
"Chalkie"
The Official "Master of Mayhem".

1/27/2012 05:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a fan of Goude, but he just aired a follow up. Seems as though the one in charge of indigents and supplies is a revruns wife, who just happens to have been appointed by Todler Stroker!!!!

1/27/2012 06:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This is a disgrace..."

Uh, yeah, and who do you think showed up there today but the revs en masse led by none other than the good Ira Acree, bellowing hymns in the lobby and demanding to be let into the freezer to "pray."

OK...cut to the chase. Even over the bodies of the dead, they seek to further consolidate the rev power base. They are demanding the formation of a "citizens' oversight board" -- with plenty of revs -- to make things run as smoothly as they would, say, out at Burr Oak...

1/27/2012 06:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it--if bodies aren't claimed for a certain number of days, why aren't they cremated??? How hard is that?

1/27/2012 06:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would imagine if you work there you smell like death all the time. There is something about that stink that sticks to you. Most of the public don't realize how utterly putrid a decaying body smells. It's bad enough when they're fresh, but when they've not been found for weeks or months in high heat, it is the worst thing ever. Not to mention the maggots crawling everywhere and the flies. I can still picture most of my stinkers. Horrible.

There's no way to destink a stinker.

1/27/2012 06:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some should be fired.political hack county workers..

1/27/2012 06:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like someone should contact A &E, and set up an episode of Hoarders

1/27/2012 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand where you get health concerns. What's the difference if there's 300 bodies or 400 bodies, it's not like they're all out in the sun, they're chillin.

1/27/2012 07:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Small part of a very interesting story on ABC7.

"There are two top people at the Cook County morgue: Dr. Nancy Jones, the medical examiner, who handles autopsies, causes of death, and the science of the office. Then there is Kimberly Jackson, the executive officer, business manager and top administrator; she is not a doctor is responsible for overseeing everything other than the scientific work on the bodies."

1/27/2012 07:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in 1982 I was in the basement of the old morgue and bodies were stacked like cords of wood then...why all the outrage now?

1/27/2012 07:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This whole thing reeks of a zombie apocalypse in the making.

1/27/2012 07:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Savages......even animals mourn their dead

1/27/2012 09:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 9 story just now said that only relatives of homicide victims are allowed to identify their relative at the morgue; I don't get that at all. Anyone (displaying a good reason, providing name and particulars, etc.) should be permitted to identify any dead friend or relative.

I mean, let's have a little service here. >ding ding<

1/27/2012 09:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Signed,
"Chalkie"
The Official "Master of Mayhem".

1/27/2012 05:58:00 PM




jeeeez, dude, you're way too talkie to be chalkie.

1/27/2012 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not a fan of Goude, but he just aired a follow up. Seems as though the one in charge of indigents and supplies is a revruns wife, who just happens to have been appointed by Todler Stroker!!!!"

--1/27/2012 06:25:00 PM

County Morgue, county mess -- Preckwinkle's watch.

I wonder if she dumpstered all her clothes afterwards. She's probably still in the shower...

...and maybe wakes up screaming now...

1/27/2012 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Toni said she is tired of everyone just laying around over there.

1/27/2012 03:23:00 PM

Anonymous said...
New CPD policy just out states that we will be allowing these people to stay in our lobbies

1/27/2012 03:26:00 PM

Too funny! I know I shouldn't be amused by this, but.....

1/27/2012 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:58
You are right on about Nancy Jones.
She has to deal with a bare bones (sorry,no pun intended)
Budget. she is forced to hire political hack.
How many of her investigators are or we're professionally trained?
Two years ago her county issued vehicle broke down and it was never replaced. I bet Preckwinkle has a fine ride to motor around in.
She is the Chief Medical Examiner and yet she still performs autopsies,testifies in court,lectures and is runs the office.
Does the CFD Fire Commisioner go out and fight fires?
Does Supt McCarthy go out in a beat car alone and answers calls in Englewood?
Does the chairman of United Airlines, hop in the cockpit of a 777 and fly passengers to Reno?
Why is she expected/required to cut?
Give her a workable budget and maybe muscle the play reruns for some money to bury these poor souls.

1/27/2012 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Pack em high and stack em deep! Unbelievable. How can she start firing people when the CC Commissioners screwed up with the cutbacks. Perhaps they should take $$ out of the next of kin's LINK cards, WIC coupons, section 8 vouchers and the numerous arrays of freebees to help pay for this mess.

1/28/2012 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure they have the same budget complaints/constraints that our department has.

Dont know about any other district, but we can't get any SMALL blue property bags. One earring in a 18"x30" bag. Oh well, what a waste, but hey, nothing I can do about it.

I'm sure the ME has the same problem, calls the vendor and they say "we aren't taking bodies, we didn't get paid". So what happens? they stack up. Call Preckwinkle's office, and they say, um, well, we have no money now, you'll just have to wait". "OK, thanks!". Hang up the phone and stack up another one.....

Talked to a city electrician today. Told me how they had to go to a 'preferred vendor' for a $100 part that ends up costing the city $800. True story. Still wonder why the city cries poor and we never believe them????

1/28/2012 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't IDOC prisoners make pine boxes?
Can't they contract with a crematorium or as someone suggeted, build one next to the morgue and cremate the bodies themselves?
Find the next of kin and bill them, if they don't pay, take it out of their LINK and other gov freebees. Who doesn't claim their loved-ones body? Why does the taxpayer have to foot this bill, too?

1/28/2012 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EXTREME hoarding. Call the "Got Junk" guys, time for major clean-up.

1/28/2012 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Small part of a very interesting story on ABC7.

"There are two top people at the Cook County morgue: Dr. Nancy Jones, the medical examiner, who handles autopsies, causes of death, and the science of the office. Then there is Kimberly Jackson, the executive officer, business manager and top administrator; she is not a doctor is responsible for overseeing everything other than the scientific work on the bodies."

1/27/2012 07:20:00 PM

What you neglected to mention is that she was put in place by Todd Stroger, with her stellar qualification of being 'a family friend'.

Odd, how Ms. Preckwinkle has nothing bad to say about Ms. Jackson's outstanding 'management' of the ME's office.

1/28/2012 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, look at the corpses stacked high.

Fuck, no more market for Soylent Green is seems. Bummer economy.

Don't med schools take cadavers or is there no need? Might as well let some students learn something with the excess. That or, as pointed out, cremation is the option.

I am for the dead getting the human right and ceremony of burial. Still, the dead don't get to fuck the living by crushing the tax payers to pick up the tab.

1/28/2012 05:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This ME fiasco is part of the enduring legacy of Todd Stroger. The administrative person, the woman in charge of running the office, not the MD doing autopsies, is a friend of the Stroger family, married to a minister of a West Side Church.

She had ZERO experience in running or working in a ME's office before Toddster decided she was the best family member of his for the job.

I am sure that Todd Stroger has some real good jim dandy excuse.

1/28/2012 06:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The woman on the news who all tge reverends are rallying behind said her loved one has been there since October because she can't get money to bury him. She's on TV talking on a smart phone and has a fur coat on? I wonder what she dove to get to the morgue ?

1/28/2012 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"bring in your dead" ringgggg

1/28/2012 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

SCC: BRING CHALKIE BACK!

He worked for the Olympics, maybe he can help with G8/NATO. A new edition of Chalkie T-shirts and hats is in order (all my cop relatives got one as a gift before the Olympics bid went south). And I don't think the new city rules about permits for protests applies online, or to t-shirts.

1/28/2012 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous 19P to the morgue said...

If they are so concerned, let all the mail order reverends that were chanting on CLTV the other day come up with some cash and bury their dead.

1/28/2012 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Crook County has no money for the burial contractor? But every day a large number of defendants are assigned "Community Service" in court for their crimes.

So, how about a burial detail. Have a truck take6 or 7 bodies to the Potter's field, and have the Community Service Work Detail bury them? Maybe a have them say a small service.

Who knows...it might straighten a few of them out.

Worth a shot....

1/28/2012 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC: BRING CHALKIE BACK!

He worked for the Olympics, maybe he can help with G8/NATO. A new edition of Chalkie T-shirts and hats is in order (all my cop relatives got one as a gift before the Olympics bid went south). And I don't think the new city rules about permits for protests applies online, or to t-shirts.

1/28/2012 12:52:00 PM




i'm starting to feel exploited here.....



Chalkie

1/28/2012 11:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have too much clout to touch dead bodies.

1/29/2012 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see a new tax coming.

Maybe one on funeral services to support the M.E.'s office.

This would be a a new take on both death and taxes together.

Remember, these poor souls are each someone's loved one and a voter. They at least will still be voters for years to come.

1/29/2012 01:19:00 PM  

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