Protesters gather at Burr Oak

September 21, 2009 4:28:25 AM PDT
The legal battle for control of Burr Oak Cemetery resumes this week, but a group of people gathered Sunday to protest the possibility of allowing the company that owns the cemetery to declare bankruptcy.If bankruptcy is granted to Perpetua Holdings, the company would regain control of the graveyard. But since a scam to dig up bodies and resell plots was uncovered, families with loved ones buried at Burr Oak are determined to make sure a trustee is appointed to oversee the cemetery.

The families also are expressing their support for Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

"We have the support of the Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has been tremendous in his support. And so, at least, we have someone behind us now. We're not just out there by ourselves," said Edward Boone of Friends of the Burr Oak Cemetery

"I believe, not only the people who actually committed the crimes, but the owners also, are responsible, and they shouldn't be granted ownership again," protestor Perdure Carter said.

On Monday, Rep. Bobby Rush is expected to unveil federal legislation aimed at protecting people from deceptive cemetery practices.


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