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Illinois quick hits: Funeral home regulations pass; Best Chicago-style pizza not in Chicago


Funeral home regulations pass

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation in response to a Carlinville funeral home’s mishandling of human remains.

Senate Bill 2643 from state Sen. Doris Turner, D-Springfield, would require the death care industry in the state as well as state regulators to implement a mandatory unique identification tagging system for all human remains.

It also establishes a chain of custody system that tracks the human remains of a deceased individual whose death occurred in the state from death to final disposition, if the final disposition is in Illinois.

Flight delays report

Illinois airports fared better than the national average for flight delays and cancellations.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports nationwide, 78.2% of flights were on time last year. Chicago’s international airports, O’Hare and Midway, both ranked a little better than the national average in delayed flights for 2023.

Elsewhere in Illinois, Rockford’s airport registered an on time rate of 83.2%, and Willard Airport in Champaign had a rate of 81.7%.

Best Chicago-style pizza not in Chicago

A new ranking says the best “Chicago-style” pizza is not in Chicago.

Yelp has released the “Top 25 Spots for Chicago-style Pizza” with a restaurant in Monterey, California, called Heirloom Pizza Co. taking the top spot. Yelp said the rankings were based on the volume and ratings of the reviews, mentioning “Chicago-style” and “deep dish” pizza.

Chicago took three spots on the list, with Michael’s Original Pizzeria and Tavern in Buena Park rated the highest at 10th place.