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Kane coroner asks for more funding to cover 2013 budget

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell says he need more money now cover 2013 office expenses but county board members say

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell says he need more money now to cover 2013 office expenses, but county board members say he will have to wait until the request is reviewed. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: November 28, 2013 6:38AM

GENEVA — Kane County Coroner Rob Russell says he needs more money now to cover his 2013 office expenses, but the request will have to wait, according to county board members.

Russell approached the board’s Judicial and Public Safety Committee on Friday morning with a resolution asking to increase the coroner’s office 2013 budget by $87,927.

The committee heard the request but could not vote on it because the information needs to be processed by the county’s chief financial officer. It will then go on to the finance department, according to committee Chairman Barb Wojnicki (R-St. Charles).

Russell said his department is in immediate need of the funding, and was disappointed that the Judicial and Public Safety Committee wouldn’t be acting on the information.

“Every day we delay this, we’re further and further behind in paying our bills,” he said.

Russell also is in the middle of a dispute with the county board and Chairman Chris Lauzen over his request for the 2014 budget. He asked for a $110,655 — or 15 percent — increase for next year to cover additional autopsy costs and overtime.

It’s the same expenses that he’s asking for the 2013 budget amendment to cover. The office will be over budget on autopsy expenses by $58,382, toxicology expenses by $15,000, overtime by $10,355 and fuel expenses by $4,210, according to the resolution from Russell.

There are smaller items within the 2013 budget that the office is under budget for, but there’s not enough to cover the overage, Russell said.

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