Illinois can no longer afford to bury indigent dead

DIM BULB: Illinois is so broke that as of Monday, it won’t have enough cash to bury its indigent dead. A letter to more than 600 funeral directors around the state informed them there’s no more money to bury people who die while on public assistance. Illinois used to budget about $13 million to pay $1,650 each for some 12,000 annual indigent funerals and burials. But the 2011 budget only allocated $1.9 million.

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