Five years after the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal broke, dignity has returned to the south suburban cemetery.
In August 2009, investigators made a gruesome discovery of dilapidated gravesites, missing bodies and bodies being double stacked in some graves as part of a scheme to have more available plots to sell.
A number of cemetery employees ended up charged in the scandal.
On Friday, a new era began as Gov. Pat Quinn and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart dedicated a monument at the cemetery to honor the deceased.
There’s also new leadership at Burr Oak and new offices.
The state also instituted new government rules and oversight on humane burial practices.
Dart said Burr Oak will now serve as a “national monument instead of a national disgrace.”
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