(a) If private funds are not available to pay funeral and burial costs and a request is made for those costs to an official of State or local government by an appropriate family member, executor, or agent empowered to direct the disposition of the decedent‘s remains, the official shall inform the appropriate family member, executor, or agent empowered to direct the disposition of the decedent’s remains of the option to donate the remains for use in the advancement of medical science subject to any written directive of a will or other written instrument identified in Section 65 of the Crematory Regulation Act or in subsection (a) of Section 40 of the Disposition of Remains Act.
     (b) The appropriate family member, executor, or agent empowered to direct the disposition of the decedent’s remains is responsible for authorizing the use of such remains in accordance with the process of the specific qualified medical science institution.

Terms Used In Illinois Compiled Statutes 755 ILCS 66/10

  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • State: when applied to different parts of the United States, may be construed to include the District of Columbia and the several territories, and the words "United States" may be construed to include the said district and territories. See Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 70/1.14

     (c) If funds are not otherwise available for burial or the cadaver has not been claimed by a family member or other responsible person, the coroner with custody may donate the cadaver for medical science purposes pursuant to Section 3-3034 of the Counties Code.