Tribune photo by John Smierciak
August 18, 2008
Stacy Peterson's sister, Cassandra Cales, cries as she testifies in favor of a medial examiners office. After two hours of testimony, the Will County Board voted 14-12 to reject a proposal to put a referendum measure on November's ballot asking voters whether the elected coroner should be replaced by an appointed medical examiner.
The issue, which was first brought up in April, signaled the political fallout resulting from the Drew Peterson investigation. Under the current Will County coroner, Patrick O'Neil, a coroner's jury in 2004 ruled the death of Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, an accident. Now, Peterson is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, leading authorities to reopen Savio's case as a murder investigation. Cales told the board, "I believe in my heart that had Kathleen Savio's case been properly handled, my sister would most likely be alive today."