Binding referendum considered to determine future of McHenry County Coroner’s Office

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Coroner’s Office has been under fire in recent weeks after the release of two evaluations highlighting numerous operational errors.

During an ad hoc committee meeting Wednesday, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks said that these problems will not be solved by choosing coroners via election, especially when state law allows an 18-year-old registered voter living in the county with no medical experience to assume the role. He added that it makes little sense for the coroner to be a partisan position.

“There’s not a liberal way to sign a death certificate or a conservative way to transport a body,” Franks said.


Several county board members felt that the decision of whether to have an elected coroner or not should be up to the voters, which could be accomplished via a binding referendum – which had been done last year to eliminate the recorder’s office and fold it into the clerk’s office.

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