WBEZ | cook county medical examiner http://www.wbez.org/tags/cook-county-medical-examiner Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Afternoon Shift' #180: Scare tactics http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-01/afternoon-shift-180-scare-tactics-103594 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr halloween pedro ferreira.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-180.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-180" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #180: Scare tactics" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #180: Scare tactics</h1><h2>In honor of Halloween, we explore the root of our fears, which biologist Rob Dunn says are much deeper than childhood trauma. &quot;Curious City&quot; explores voting machine security. And Rick sits down with the new Cook County Medical Examiner, Stephen Cina.</h2><p>Storified by &middot; Wed, Oct 31 2012 14:28:39</p><div>What Haunts Us by WBEZRick Kogan starts our Halloween episode off right with a recounting of an eerie Chicago ghost story.</div><div>Carved Up #halloween #pumpkin #jackolantern #carvingbrendan-c</div><div>WBEZ Pritzker fellow Lewis Wallace asked people on Navy Pier what they're afraid of...scare crows, monsters, the dark, creepy white vans...OH MY!<br></div><div>What are you afraid of? WBEZ's Lewis Wallace asks Navy Pier-goers by WBEZWBEZ Pritzker fellow Lewis Wallace asked people on Navy Pier what they're afraid of...scare crows, monsters, the dark, creepy white vans....</div><div>Ickworth Park (NT) 09-09-2012Karen Roe</div><div><p><b>Why We’re Scared</b> - The root of our fears are much deeper than a childhoodtrauma. Biologist <a href="http://www.robrdunn.com/" class="">Rob Dunn</a> says humans’ fear response comes from millions ofyears spent running from predators.<br></p></div><div>Why we're scared, professor Rob Dunn explains by WBEZThe root of our fears are much deeper than a childhood trauma. Biologist Rob Dunn says humans' fear response comes from millions of years...</div><div>Anxious? Blame the Predators in Your Primate Family History.In the developed world, we live in the most peaceful, healthful time in history. The murder and violent crime rate is dropping; we are va...</div><div>Ummm apparently it's still pretty common for people to be eaten by pythons? #AfternoonShift #manvspredator @wbezKatie O'Brien</div><div><b>Child Nightmares</b>&nbsp;- The streets will be flooded with ghosts and goblins and other terrifying trick-or-treaters Wednesday evening. So what should parents and kids do when those images come back to haunt kids? Sleep psychiatrist <a href="http://www.3daudiomagic.com/" class="">Tom Jackson</a> helps us understand--and cope with--nightmares. <br></div><div>Child nightmares, Dr. Tom Jackson tells us what to do and how by WBEZThe streets will be flooded with ghosts and goblins and other terrifying trick-or-treaters Wednesday evening. So what should parents and ...</div><div>Taking terror out of nightmares: Tips for parentsSUNDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Nightmares are common in children and upsetting for both youngsters and parents, but there are some t...</div><div><p><b>As part of <a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/" class="">Curious City</a></b>, Jennifer Brandel and reporter Robert Loerzel find out what Chicago's done to protect voting machine security in light of reasonable concerns elsewhere.<br></p></div><div>Curious City: What are elections authories doing to protect voting? by WBEZAs part of Curious City, Jennifer Brandel and reporter Robert Loerzel find out what Chicago's done to protect voting machine security in ...</div><div>Question answered: What are elections authorities doing to protect voting?A listener&rsquo;s distrust of electronic voting has him asking for a paper ballot. Officials say paper can have less security concerns, ...</div><div>I co-wrote this story for WBEZ's Curious City project. And I'll be on air between 2 and 3 p.m. today.Robert Loerzel</div><div>20081104_MG_1188ocean yamaha</div><div>Working on a story about voting machines. But wonder - have you ever experienced HUMAN error at a polling place around Chi? Let us know.Curious City</div><div>Jim DeRogotis gets us up to speed on the public nuisance hearings being held against the Congress Theater in Logan Square. There have been 30 police service calls to the 3,500-seat Congress&nbsp;from the middle of August through October 30th. For some perspective...through the same period, 50 police service calls were made to Wrigley Field which has a&nbsp;capacity of&nbsp;42,000.&nbsp;</div><div>Jim DeRogotis attends the Congress Theater's fourth public nuisance hearing by WBEZJim DeRogotis gets us up to speed on the public nuisance hearings being held against the Congress Theater in Logan Square. There have bee...</div><div><p><b></b>For Front &amp; Center, Brian Mann concludes his look at a veteran's transition to civilian life and pursuit of the American Dream.<br></p></div><div>Discrimination against our country's heroesSome veterans face negative stereotypes and misconceptions about how their military service experience may affect their ability on the job.</div><div>A soldier&amp;#39;s struggle up the economic ladder - WBEZ1 day ago ... Josh Jones is a sophomore at Paul Smiths College in New York state, way up near the Canadian border. He looks the part of...</div><div>After that, we talk with Eli Williamson from Leave No Veteran Behind, which provides educational and employment services to veterans who face economic hardship. Eli can be reached for more information about the program at: ewilliamson@mccormickfoundation.org. <br></div><div>Front &amp; Center conversation with President of Leave No Veteran Behind by WBEZWe talk with Eli Williamson from Leave No Veteran Behind, which provides educational and employment services to veterans who face economi...</div><div>The Antithesis Of Charity: Investing In Our Future By Keeping Our Promise To VeteransVeterans have a distinct place in our society as those who have carried the heavy load of sacrifice. They have a distinct place in the wo...</div><div>Home | Leave No Veteran BehindRyan G. Seaman, Coast Guard. Ryan was the 105th African-American graduate of the Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. However, t...</div><div><p><b></b>Rick sits down with Dr. Stephen Cina, the new Cook County Medical Examiner. Cina is charged with cleaning up the county morgue and an office that's been plagued scandal. <br></p></div><div>Cook County Coroner Dr. Stephen Cina cleaning up the morgue's tarnished image by WBEZRick sits down with Dr. Stephen Cina, the new Cook County Medical Examiner. Cina is charged with cleaning up the county morgue and an off...</div><div>The man fixing the morgue: Stephen Cina and his big project - Chicago Sun-Times: http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/15975309-452/dr-cina-cleaning-up-the-morgue.html#.UI1FRlUkIc4.twitterNeil Steinberg</div></noscript></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-01/afternoon-shift-180-scare-tactics-103594 Overhaul for Cook County medical examiner's office http://www.wbez.org/story/overhaul-cook-county-medical-examiners-office-95860 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-27/Med examiner office_brandel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-27/Med examiner office_brandel.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 471px;" title="The morgue’s coolers can hold 300 bodies, but November saw 363 bodies – some stacked two to a tray. (WBEZ/Jennifer Brandel)"></p><p>The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office will be getting an overhaul. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Thursday there will be changes in personnel, policy and protocol in the medical examiner’s office. That comes after recent stories in the news about the county morgue being over capacity.</p><p>Preckwinkle said her offices have been reviewing the Medical Examiner department before those news stories broke. But she said she was “disturbed and disappointed and discouraged” at some activities of the department.</p><p>Preckwinkle said her office is “conducting a top to bottom review of operations” and there’s also a recently launched external investigation by the Inspector General. The Inspector General’s probe was launched after media reports that the morgue’s coolers, which are designed to fit 300 bodies, were well over capacity and bodies were piling up. &nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-27/Preckwinkle cook county medical_brandel.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 224px; float: left; margin: 5px;" title="Toni Preckwinkle calls her review of the medical examiner's office 'disturbing.' (WBEZ/Jennifer Brandel)">At Thursday’s news conference, Martha Martinez, a county deputy chief administrative officer, said in November the count was 363 bodies and some had to be double-stacked on one tray. Preckwinkle blamed the full coolers in part because the county saw a “record number of storage cases in November,” another way of saying more bodies than usual, and on recent cuts in state funding for indigent burials.</p><p>“It was a combination of our system being taxed to the maximum and our lack of resources to provide burials for people,” Preckwinkle said.</p><p>She also expressed dismay that staff in the medical examiner’s office went to the media with issues they had about the department, rather than going straight to her.</p><p>When asked why current chief medical examiner Dr. Nancy Jones was not at the news conference to answer questions as well, Preckwinkle said, “I’m the president of the county and it’s most appropriate for me to be answering questions about county operations.”</p><p>Jones, a hire from former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, has recently come under fire from Preckwinkle for the management problems in the department. The board president would not say whether she would fire Dr. Jones, but did say, “People will lose their jobs.”</p><p>Preckwinkle also said, “I think the problems we have here are a reflection on the way in which operations have been conducted and not on resource cuts from the county side.”</p><p>Currently the chief medical examiner position does not have a term limit, which is something County Commissioner John Fritchey said he wants to amend in the county code. Preckwinkle hinted that among the changes made to the medical examiner’s office, a way to oust an ineffective manager would be one of them.</p><p>“It’s inappropriate for anybody in county government to have a term that’s equivalent to a federal judge, which is a life term,” Preckwinkle said.</p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/overhaul-cook-county-medical-examiners-office-95860