State, Burr Oak Reach Oversight Compromise

AG Madigan filed emergency motion last week

By BJ Lutz
|  Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009  |  Updated 1:42 PM CDT
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State officials and the owners of Alsip's historic Burr Oak Cemetery have reached a compromise, and an independent chief operating officer will be assigned.

Both parties agreed Tuesday at a bankruptcy hearing to appoint crisis manager expert Howard Korenthal to oversee day-to-day operations at the cemetery. A judge approved the appointment.

Korenthal is not a trustee, but will work for Perpetua.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office stressed that Koranthal is an independent COO.

The receiver who was stripped of power last week when Perpetua filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Roman Szabelski, will be a consultant and will work with Korenthal. 

Korenthal will have access to nearly $500,000 to run the cemetery.  The money is coming from an unspecified lender.

Four former cemetery employees were arrested and charged earlier this summer with dismembering human bodies in an off-the-books plot-selling scheme.

Burr Oak has been closed since July.

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