The State of Illinois requires that the Coroner investigate a death if it is:
- Sudden or violent death (whether apparently suicidal, homicidal, or accidental), including but not limited to deaths apparently caused or contributed to by:
- Therapeutic misadventures
- Maternal or fetal death due to criminal abortion or any death due to a sex crime against nature
- Death where the circumstances are suspicious, obscure or mysterious or where the cause of death is not determined (in the written opinion of the attending physician)
- Death where addiction to alcohol or to any drug may have been a contributory cause
- Death without medical attendance by a licensed physician. (The Illinois Coroners/Medical Examiners Association and the Advisory Board on Necropsy Service to Coroners have recommended that medical attendance must have been rendered within 72 hours prior to death.)
- Death without medical attendance which involves a member of a church which relies upon prayer or spiritual means alone for healing, the Coroner should not rely upon such membership alone as sufficient evidence for signing the death certificate nor should he use that fact alone for ordering an autopsy. When it is made known to him that such a person has died he should go at once to the place where the body is and thereupon determine the facts as he/she would for any other investigation prior to the releasing of the body to the funeral director.
- Hospice cases
- Firemen working fires that die within 30 days of that fire because of all chemically treated fabrics, etc.
The State of Illinois has set the following fees for the Coroner's Office:
- For a copy of a transcript of sworn testimony is $5 per page.
- For a copy of the verdict of a Coroner's Jury is $5.
- For a copy of an autopsy report is $50.
- For a copy of a toxicology report is $25.
- For each copy of miscellaneous reports (including artist's drawings but not police reports) is the actual cost or $25 whichever is greater.
- For a copy of a picture is the actual cost or $3 whichever is greater.
- For a Coroner's or Medical Examiner's permit to cremate a dead body is $50.