What authority does the Coroner have in regards to the dead body?
Section 5/3-3019: No dead body, or the personal property of such a deceased person, shall be handled, moved, disturbed, embalmed, or removed from the place of death by any person, except with the permission of the Coroner. Any person knowingly violating the provisions of this Section is guilty of Class A misdemeanor.

Section 5/3-3015: Where a death has occurred and the circumstances concerning the death are suspicious, obscure, mysterious, and the cause of death cannot be established definitely except by autopsy, it shall be the duty of the Coroner to cause an autopsy to be performed.

Section 5/3-3021: The Coroner shall release the body of the decedent to the next-of-kin or to the funeral director selected by such persons. Authorization of appropriate next-of-kin is required by the Lake County Coroner's Office.

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1. What is the duty of the Coroner as mandated by Illinois State Statute?
2. What is an inquest?
3. Who reports the death to the Coroner?
4. Who signs the death certificate?
5. What authority does the Coroner have in regard to investigation into the circumstances of the death?
6. What authority does the Coroner have in regards to the dead body?
7. What is an autopsy?
8. Does the family need to consent to an autopsy before the Coroner may authorize that one be performed?
9. What is a Coroner's case?
10. What are the responsibilities of the Coroner?