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The state of the economy is finally affecting the dead. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois is suspending payments for funerals for the indigent because of state-wide budget cuts. According to the Illinois Health Department, the state was spending $15 million a year for about 10,000 funerals. The money would cover preparation, service and burial.

However, funeral directors predict that more bodies will pile up at the morgue. Families simply won't be able to afford the cost of a proper burial. In these tough times, though, where does the state draw the line? Has Illinois gone too far? Is it fair to cut funding for funerals?

Let us know what you think.

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 16, 2009; 2:27 PM ET
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