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(410 ILCS 535/20)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73-20)
Fetal death; place of registration.
(1) Each fetal death which occurs in this State after a gestation
period of 20 completed weeks (and when the mother elects in writing to
arrange for the burial or cremation of the fetus under Section 11.4 of the
Hospital Licensing Act) or more shall be registered with the local or
subregistrar of the district in which the delivery occurred within 7 days
after the delivery and before removal of the fetus from the State,
except as provided by regulation in special problem cases.
(a) For the purposes of this Section, if the place of
fetal death is unknown, a fetal death certificate shall be filed in the registration district in which a dead fetus is found, which shall be considered the place of fetal death.
(b) When a fetal death occurs on a moving conveyance,
the city, village, township, or road district in which the fetus is first removed from the conveyance shall be considered the place of delivery and a fetal death certificate shall be filed in the registration district in which the place is located.
(c) The funeral director or person acting as such who
first assumes custody of a fetus shall file the certificate. The personal data shall be obtained from the best qualified person or source available. The name, relationship, and address of the informant shall be entered on the certificate. The date, place, and method of final disposition of the fetus shall be recorded over the personal signature and address of the funeral director responsible for the disposition. The certificate shall be presented to the person responsible for completing the medical certification of the cause of death.
(2) The medical certification shall be completed and signed within 24
hours after delivery by the certifying health care professional in attendance at or after delivery,
except when investigation is required under Division 3-3 of Article 3 of the
Counties Code and except as provided by regulation in special
(3) When a fetal death occurs without medical attendance upon the mother
at or after the delivery, or when investigation is required under Division
3-3 of Article 3 of the Counties Code, the coroner shall be responsible for
the completion of the fetal death certificate and shall sign the medical
certification within 24 hours after the delivery or the finding of the
fetus, except as provided by regulation in special problem cases.
(Source: P.A. 102-257, eff. 1-1-22