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A bill headed to the governor’s desk was prompted by last year’s death of an Illinois State University student. The “Jelani Day Act” requires county coroners to notify the FBI if a body is not identified within 72 hours. It’s sponsored by Representative Kam Buckner of Chicago.
“It is named after a young man who lost his life. His family had to suffer the painful experience of not knowing where his body was, and it took the coroner a very long time to identify who he was.”
Day was reported missing in late August. Remains were found in the Illinois River a little over a week later, but they were not identified as Day’s until September 23rd, causing his family additional trauma.
***Report Courtesy of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services***