Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or [email protected] Herbert McCann is on the desk. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.
INDIGENT BURIALS-MAKING THE POOR PAY
An Illinois coroner is facing sharp criticism for how he handles poor people who can’t afford to bury their loved ones. Adams County Coroner James Keller has them sign over their rights to the deceased, then cremates the body and keeps the ashes until the family pays $1,000. If they can’t come up with the money, the ashes are buried along with others in an unmarked grave. Keller says the policy started after the state announced it was too broke to pay for indigent funerals and burials. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 890 words.
CHICAGO – Authorities in Chicago pleaded with the public for help Friday in finding the person who shot a federal agent in the face in what they described as a pre-dawn ambush.