Coroner's Inquests

Inquiry into Cause / Manner of Death

An inquest is neither a civil nor criminal trial proceeding. It is an inquiry into the cause and manner of an individual's death.

Inquests are open to the public and may not be closed pursuant to any request to do so. Anyone may attend. Family members and any other party requesting notification of an inquest will be notified, in writing, of the day, time, and place of the inquest.

Upcoming Schedule

In 2017, Coroner's inquests will normally be held on the 4th Wednesday of the month and are scheduled in advance. On average, each case takes about 1–1.5 hours from beginning to end. The coroner's current inquest schedule is as follows:

May 30, 2018NoneNone3E
June 27, 2018TBDTBD3E
July 25, 2018TBDTBD3E
August 29, 2018TBDTBD3E
September 26, 2018TBDTBD3E
October 31, 2018TBDTBD3E
November 28, 2018TBDTBD3E
December 26, 2018TBDTBD3E

 ** As on June 1, 2017 all cell phones are banned inside of the Law and Justice Center. Please secure your cell phone's and all other banned items before coming into the building**

Manner of Death Determination

As is now permitted by 55 ILCS 5/3-3013, Coroner Davis is allowed to make manner of death determinations (natural, accident, suicide, homicide, and undetermined) without a formal inquest hearing. The ruling does not include any additional comments and/or recommendations. On average, ten coroner rulings are made every month. This manner of death determination takes into account the respective law enforcement agency's report, the coroner's office investigation findings, as well as any supplemental reports.

For More Information

If you have any questions regarding manner of death determinations in completed death investigations, please submit a Freedom of Information Act inquiry to the coroner's office. For other questions and/or concerns, please contact the coroner's office at (309) 888-5210.