Efforts to resolve homicide and other death investigations across the state received a big boost today with the signing of new, comprehensive training guidelines for coroners, State Representative Dan Brady announced. Representative Brady (R-Bloomington) spearheaded the new law in the General Assembly. He said the new training guidelines will be invaluable in helping coroners partner with law enforcement on evidence collection and handling to find answers in death investigations.
“Coroners play a very critical role in solving homicide and other cases involving a questionable death. How evidence is collected, preserved and transferred to law enforcement can literally make or break a case,” Representative Brady stressed. “With the very specific training protocols contained in this new law, coroners in Illinois will be well prepared to handle their unique role in homicide and other death investigations.”
The new law (PA 99-0408) creates a statewide Coroner Training Board in Illinois to oversee a training program for coroners on proper procedures and protocols in death investigations. The Board will establish application, training and certification standards for coroners in Illinois, certify coroner training schools, and conduct and approve the death investigation training protocols for coroners statewide. It will be funded by the restoration of the 25% portion of the death certificate surcharge that had been diverted in recent years.
“In death investigations the evidence tells the story,” Representative Brady said. “Ensuring the coroners and forensic pathologists collecting it have the best training possible is a win for everyone involved.”