For the poor, it's a final indignity, funeral directors say.
Because of its budget woes, the state of Illinois will no longer pay for funerals for the indigent.
Agency spokesman Tom Green says Illinois pays about $15 million a year for about 10,000 funerals for the poor.
Green said the state will pay for funerals that have taken place, but any funeral held after July 1 will be paid for with funds out appropriations approved for the budget year that begins July 1, 2010.
Funeral directors are predicting bodies will begin piling up at medical examiner's offices as a result of the state's action.