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Senate votes to boost coroner fees

Senate votes to boost coroner fees

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SPRINGFIELD -- A handful of fees charged by county coroners could jump by as much as five times under legislation advancing in the General Assembly.

On Thursday, the Illinois Senate voted 35-17 to increase fees charged by coroners and medical examiners, with the proceeds to go toward the costs of running those offices.

A toxicology report, for example, would rise to $25, up from $15. A permit for cremation could jump to $50, up from $10.

The proposal, sponsored by state Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, is an initiative of county coroners throughout the state, who say some of the fees haven't been increased for two decades. Republicans opposed the measure.

Among those voting "no" were state Sens. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, and Dale Righter, R-Mattoon.

A similar measure advanced in the House last year, but ran aground in the Senate.

The legislation is Senate Bill 2529.

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