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Coroner's Contact Information

Contact the Will County Coroner's Office:
Phone: 815.727.8455
Fax: 815.727.8816

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Excluding County Holidays

16857 W. Laraway Rd
Joliet, IL 60433

Laurie H. Summers RN, Will County Coroner

Will County Coroner Laurie Summers

“Birth and death are the only two universal human experiences.

Illinois Coroner's Creed

The Coroner is an elected countywide official serving for a four-year term. The Coroner's office is a law enforcement agency, which, as part of the system of checks and balances, investigates the cause and manner of deaths that occur in the county.

Coroner's Jurisdiction

The Coroner's jurisdiction is determined by where the death actually occurs, not where a particular incident/accident happened that might have caused the death. An incident/accident may occur in one county, but if the victim is transported to a facility in another county and pronounced deceased, the jurisdiction lies where the actual pronouncement of death occurs.

Coroner responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Respond or dispatch Deputy Coroner to death scene
  • Collect toxicological samples and submit for analysis
  • Make death notification to next-of-kin
  • Coordinate and facilitate organ donation
  • Determine necessity for autopsy
  • Facilitate autopsy process 
  • Coordinate transport of deceased from death scene
  • Issue Temporary Death Certificates
  • Issue Permanent Death Certificates
  • Issue Cremation Permits
  • Maintain records of all deaths reported
  • Maintain permanent records of all inquested cases
  • Maintain vital statistics related to all cases reported
  • Take charge of personal property of a deceased person until it can be released
  • Maintain roster for volunteer
  • Disaster Deputy Coroners
  • Be prepared for any disaster situation