Request for death records

Kyra Senese filed this request with the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office of Cook County, IL.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Kyra Senese

To whom it may concern:

This is a request pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. We are requesting death records dating Dec. 10, 2020, to present, with the following information for each case:

- decedent name
- case number
- decedent name
- date of death
- location of death
- race
- ethnicity
- age
- gender
- occupation/industry
- whether injury/infection occurred at work
- incident location (street address, city, state, ZIP where injury/infection occurred)
- incident date
- decedent residence (street address, city, state, ZIP)
- cause(s) of death (indicating if COVID related)
- contributing factors
- any other accessible, non-exempt information contained in electronic case records

This request is part of an ongoing collaboration involving the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, the MuckRock Foundation and partner newsrooms across the country. This request is part of a news-gathering process and is intended for educational, not commercial use.

We request expedited processing to the extent possible. This information is critical to the public’s understanding of the coronavirus pandemic and its local impact on public health. Let us know if we can help clarify this request in any way. Please also consider waiving any fees for producing the requested records. Please provide the data in spreadsheet format as an email attachment.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. We look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Kyra Senese
Derek Kravitz
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

From: Kyra Senese

Hi all,

Hope all is well. We just wanted to confirm receipt of this request at your earliest convenience.

Please let us know if you have any questions for us and feel free to reach me at 630-608-8844 if needed.

Kyra Senese

From: Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

Hi Kyra,

I got your request this morning. I will respond within 5 business days.

From: Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

February 2, 2021

Kyra Senese

Brown Institute for Media Innovation

Columbia University


Dear Ms. Senese,

The Office of the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners is in receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (the "Act").