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Stroger injured shooting hoops\

August 27, 2009

Sun-Times News Group
Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was injured playing basketball Wednesday, his office reported today.

Stroger received eight stitches above his right eye after a pickup game at Chicago's East Bank Club, his office said. Stroger was injured by "accidental contact" and was taken to Stroger Hospital about 2:30 p.m., his office said.

He was released at 4:45 p.m. with a "small gauze" above his right eye and was ordered to wear the "protective piece" during the evening.

Stroger expects to make all of his appointments today.

But this is really good news. At least the horrific reminder that a 14 year old child was brutally murdered by not one, but a few adult men can be put on display for his senseless and unnecessary murder, rather fall to more disintegration at the hands of the Burr Oak mess.

Till's casket will get a much better homePlans are in the works to exhibit the casket that once held the body of lynching victim Emmett Till at the Smithsonian Institution's planned National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington when it opens in 2015.

The glass-topped casket held the 14-year-old Chicagoan's mutilated body for 50 years after his 1955 slaying in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Till's body was exhumed from Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip in 2005 when the FBI tried to find possible accomplices in the killing.

Till was reburied in a new casket, and the original was recently found rusting in a shed at Burr Oak during investigation of an alleged grave-reselling scandal.

Museum officials and members of Till's family are expected to announce the casket's donation before a ceremony Friday to commemorate 54 years since Till's murder.

More than financial problems are keeping Burr Oak closedBurr Oak Cemetery's parent company and the bank holding money in trust for the Alsip graveyard's operations can't agree on how $450,000 will be repaid.

So the money a court-appointed receiver has requested to repair and reopen the cemetery will remain frozen until at least Sept. 22, his attorney, James Geoly, said Wednesday after a court hearing.

But Roman Szabelski, who's been put in charge of Burr Oak in the wake of former employees being charged in an alleged grave-reselling scheme, ought to get $50,000 this week from a frozen account to rehire eight cemetery workers laid off since Aug. 14, Geoly said.

The bank wants repayment if and when the cemetery is sold; Burr Oak parent company Perpetua Inc. wants the state comptroller to decide, Geoly said.

Robert Fishman, an attorney representing Perpetua Inc. in numerous civil suits, refused to comment on any of the court proceedings.

The cemetery has been closed and in the hands of Catholic Cemeteries' director since late July when Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart declared the cemetery a crime scene.

The Goverment should be picking up costs of reburial for Veterans at Lincoln Memorial Veterans Cemetery

Robert Davis, a past president of the state's premiere black American Legion post, Dorie Miller 915, is among those pushing to move veterans graves to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, where their perpetual care would fall to the government. His members are livid.

"The Korean War vets are very upset. You know it's devastating to me - it's got to be devastating to them," he said. "Those are the comrades they went to war with."

Reburial costs would also fall to the government once the veteran's body has been delivered to Abraham Lincoln's front gates, said Mike Nacincik of the National Cemetery Administration. But families have to shoulder the cost of disinterring the veteran and having the body moved, he said. Families also have to prove the service member's eligibility for military burial by locating discharge papers. Any kind of discharge but dishonorable qualifies, he said.

If families can't locate their loved one's remains, they still might apply for a memorial headstone at Abraham Lincoln.

"Abraham Lincoln would be a wonderful option," said Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Crete), whose district contains the national cemetery, and who sits on the Congressional subcommittee overseeing veterans' burial issues.

"We'll do everything in our power to help any family, a family not even from my district," she said.

Usually the government only pays for one burial, but extenuating circumstances at Burr Oak could warrant an exception, she said.

"I think we have to find a fair conclusion to this," she said. "Rest in peace means truly rest in peace."

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