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SPRINGFIELD — A Metro East crematory doesn't have a proper license and should be shut down, Illinois Comptroller Daniel Hynes said Friday.

Hynes said his office is working to close the Werner-Mick Funeral Home in Pontoon Beach because its directors allegedly have been operating a crematory without proper paperwork from state agencies, including the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

The facility's directors, John K. and Stephanie A. Mick, also have several other violations, Hynes said. The business has failed to provide information for audits, to file annual reports and to pay late fees associated with the state-required reports, he said.

And they haven't been trained to used the crematory equipment, Hynes said.

"Time and time again they've stated they are not using the equipment, but their records indicate otherwise," Hynes said.

The Micks did not return telephone messages seeking comment Friday.

The comptroller's office regulates Illinois crematories as well as funeral homes and cemeteries that sell arrangements in advance.

The Micks have been licensed to sell pre-need funeral services since June 2001. John K. Mick also is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

Hynes said the Illinois attorney general's office intends to seek a court order in Madison County to stop crematory operations at the facility.

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