Then: Illinois dead a reliably consistent if slightly somnambulistic voting block for Democratic presidential candidates.
Now: An expensive liability for a nanny state teetering on the edge of fiscal abyss for having taken the latter half of the notion of cradle to grave coverage to absurd new heights. Or lows, depending upon how look at it:
The state of Illinois has reached a new level of broke. Come Monday, it won’t have enough cash to bury its indigent dead.
Illinois officials sent a letter to more than 600 funeral directors around the state to let them know there’s no money for funerals for individuals on public assistance.
“We got that letter,” said Jonathon Szykowny, owner and director of Szykowny Funeral Home. “I’m extremely upset by it. … I would be very concerned that during extreme economic times that some families can’t provide the necessary funds to bury their loved ones. Sometimes God doesn’t call during the best economic times and families can’t afford to pay for a funeral and need help”
In the past, the state has reserved about $13 million to help pay for an estimated 12,000 funerals for individuals who relied on public aid. Participating funeral homes were alloted $1,100 for funerals and $552 for the burial.
The article ends with this idea:
“Now the only viable option — I don’t mean to make light of it — is to leave the body at the medical examiner office,” Szykowny said. “After 60 to 90 days they’ll take the body to what’s called a potter’s field and bury it in a numbered grave.”
Well, that’s what they want you to think. You might want to take adequete precautions, just to be on the safe side.
Of course, while individual zombies are always threatening (our own Zombie being the exception that proves the rule), the real danger is Zombie Government: