Friday, March 8, 2013
Anthony Damore, of the 400 block of Slusser Street, was found dead in the snow Wednesday.
The Lake County Coroner's Office is still trying to determine what caused the death of a 34-year-old man who was found dead in the snow outside of his apartment building. Anthony Damore, of the 400 block of Slusser Street, was found dead Wednesday. "We're doing a drug analysis, and that does take several days. We can't rush that," said Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd. "There was nothing found that can account for the death autopsy-wise." Rudd said a drug overdose is suspected "because of a past history." Overall, Rudd said drug overdose deaths are dropping in Lake County. There were 79 overdoses in 2012, which represents a 6 percent drop from 2011, when there were 84 overdoses, Rudd said. There were 92 overdoses in 2010, he said.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Some bodies had been stored for several years.
Friday, September 21, 2012
For the first time in 10 years, the Lake County Coroner's Office (LCCO) has cleared the backlog of long-term stored decedents. The bodies of the deceased individuals were stored at the Coroner's Office because no family or next of kin had claimed them, and therefore there was no one to pay for a proper burial. In 2011, the Coroner's Office made it a priority to clear this backlog and finally lay these bodies to rest. Some of the bodies had been there for several years, even dating back to June 2008. "In order to provide a proper burial to the decedents, our deputies conducted thorough background checks and other research to find family members or other programs to help with burial costs," explained Lake County Coroner, Artis Yancey. …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Coroner Artis Yancey of Waukegan was defeated Tuesday.
Coroner Artis Yancey of Waukegan lost his bid to stay in office Tuesday night to political newcomer Thomas Rudd of Lake Forest in the race for the Democratic nomination for Lake County coroner. According to unofficial totals, Rudd received 12,877 votes, or 53.78 percent, while Yancey received 11,066 votes, or 46.22 percent, in the Democratic primary. On the Republican side, Steve Newton of Antioch claimed victory over Howard Cooper of Bannockburn. Newton received 26,070 votes, or 56.14 percent, while Cooper garnered 20,370 votes, or 43.86 percent. The totals do not include provisional or late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots. "I'm very proud of all the hard work and all the people that contributed to this campaign," said Yancey, who gathered …
Two Democrats and two Republicans sought spots on the general election ballot for Lake County Coroner.
Update, 9:14 p.m. Unofficial results show that Democrat Tom Rudd of Lake Forest has taken the victory over incumbent Artis Yancey of Waukegan in the race for Lake County Coroner, with all 415 precincts reporting. On the Republican side, Steve Newton of Antioch beat Howard Cooper of Bannockburn. The totals do not include provisional or late-arriving vote by mail ballots. Update, 8:23 p.m. Democrat Tom Rudd of Lake Forest leads incumbent Artis Yancey of Waukegan in the race for Lake County Coroner, with 400 of 415 precincts reporting. On the Republican side, Steve Newton of Antioch is ahead of Howard Cooper of Bannockburn. Update, 8:12 p.m. With 371 of 415 precincts reporting, Democrat Tom Rudd of Lake Forest is maintaining his lead over …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Two Democrats, two Republicans answer questions at League of Women Voters forum.
Like their counterparts running for Recorder of Deeds, the four candidates for Lake County Coroner debated over whether the county should maintain a coroner's office or move to a medical examiners system in Sunday's candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lake County (LWV) at the University Center in Grayslake. Dr. Thomas Rudd, a Lake Forest resident, is a Democratic candidate and has never held an elected office, but has run for the Lake County Sanitary District twice and lost. He is passionate over moving the county from a coroner's office to a medical examiner's system. Artis Yancey, a Waukegan resident, has a 20-plus year career in law enforcement in Waukegan including a short stint as chief of police. The …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Republican candidates for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County answer questions at League of Women Voters forum.
With the retirement of Sally Coffelt, current Clerk of the Circuit Court for Lake County, Gerald Dietz and Keith Brin are vying for the Republican slot in the March 20 primary to run against Democratic candidate Cynthia Pruim Haran, who is running unopposed. Dietz and Brin participated in Sunday's candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lake County (LWV) at the University Center in Grayslake. Dietz, of Round Lake, has never held an elected office, but touts his legal background as an attorney who specialized in representing government entities. He has served as chairman of the Lake County Community Development Commission from 1996-2011. Brin, of Highland Park, has also never held an elected office, but for the past …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
In light of Richard Keller's resignation, the county is looking for a new coroner.
Lake County Board Chairman David Stolman is searching for a replacement for Richard Keller who resigned yesterday as the Lake County Coroner. Keller was charged with obstructing justice and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, according to Lake County State's Attorney Michael Waller. After pleading guilty to both felony charges, Keller immediately resigned his post as Lake County Coroner on Tuesday. Stolman now has to appoint someone to fill the vacancy within 60 days, with the advice and consent of the county board, according to Illinois state law. The appointee is required to be a Democrat, which is the same political party as Keller was. The Coroner's Office is a countywide elected office responsible for investigating the manner…