Illinois County Morgue Smells, Prompting Calls for Upgrades

Jun 15, 2018

The odor of decomposing bodies has renewed calls to replace a county morgue in northern Illinois.

The Kane County morgue only has room for two bodies in its freezer. The facility has seen a sudden influx of decomposing bodies over the past few weeks. Officials have been storing the bodies in coolers, which doesn't completely mask the smell. Employees in neighboring buildings have started to complain. 

The coroner is working with a private company to see how much a new morgue would cost. While some county board members want to act fast, others say they don't think the county should be spending money on a new facility. 

There's still no immediate solution to deal with the odor problem.