The state of Illinois has reached a new level of broke. Come Monday, it won’t have enough cash to bury its indigent dead.
In the past, the state has reserved about $13 million to help pay for an estimated 12,000 funerals for individuals who relied on public aid.
Participating funeral homes were alloted $1,100 for funerals and $552 for the burial. (…)
“Now the only viable option — I don’t mean to make light of it — is to leave the body at the medical examiner office,” Szykowny said. “
After 60 to 90 days they’ll take the body to what’s called a potter’s field and bury it in a numbered grave.”
Come on: they ARE numbered graves, so their votes will still count.