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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

158 N. Scott Street
Joliet, IL 60432

Patrick K. O'Neil, Will County Coroner

The Coroner is an elected office 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 deaths that occur in the county elected.

Coroner's Jurisdiction

The Coroner's jurisdiction is determined by where a 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