Tribune photo by John Smierciak
August 18, 2008
Will County Coroner Patrick O'Neil listens to testimony concerning his office and 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.