Barrington Hills man found in burning Pilsen vehicle died of assault, ME says

Authorities have identified a northwest suburban man found dead after a vehicle fire in the Pilsen neighborhood Friday night. (WLS)

Authorities have released the cause of death for a northwest suburban man whose body was found after a vehicle fire in the Pilsen neighborhood last month.

The victim was identified as 43-year-old James Gerage of Barrington Hills, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said. His cause of death has been ruled as a homicide from multiple injuries due to assault.

He was found dead in the back seat of a car after a fire in the 600-block of West 21st Street late September 23, Chicago Fire Department officials said.

He was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m. September 24.

The vehicle was found in an industrial area steps from the Dan Ryan.

Gerage was a successful businessman who co-owned Elgin-based Omega Demolition with his brother. The company is known for high-profile projects, such as the demolition of Wacker Drive, and most recently, the Ohio feeder ramp and the widening of the Jane Addams Tollway.
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