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Coroner Johnna Ingersoll has been working in different capacities at the Peoria County Coroner's Office for 28 years. Johnna was first introduced to the work of the Coroner when she worked as an autopsy assistant under Coroner Herbert Buzbee who later hired Johnna in May, 1988 as a Deputy Coroner.  Johnna worked as a Deputy Coroner for eight years under Coroner Buzbee, and she was then promoted to Chief Deputy Coroner in 1996 under Coroner Daniel Heinz.  In 2004, Coroner Heinz retired; and Johnna was first elected Peoria County Coroner. 

For years Coroner's staff has consisted of three full-time Deputy Coroners, one full-time Secretary, and the Coroner.  More than 27,000 deaths have been reported, as defined in state statute, during Johnna's 10-year tenure as Coroner.  The Coroner and Deputy Coroners have responded to these deaths either in person and/or by phone, and Johnna has conducted more than 2,700 inquests.  Johnna is available to respond to deaths either in person, by phone, text, or email, most always, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year; and she is directly involved with every death that is reported.  The Coroner's statutory responsibility is to determine the cause and manner of death for those deaths under the Coroner's jurisdiction. 

Following are the yearly number of deaths reported and inquests held dating back to 2004:

Year     Deaths, No Inquest     Inquests Held     Total deaths reported

2004                1,862                        189                        2,051

2005                1,907                        201                        2,108

2006                1,909                        190                        2,099

2007                1,918                        186                        2,104

2008                2,024                        208                        2,232

2009                1,871                        263                        2,134

2010                1,943                        191                        2,134

2011                1,990                        251                        2,241

2012                2,125                        252                        2,377

2013                2,259                        255                        2,514

2014                2,408                        259                        2,667

2015                2,497                        278                        2,775

Total             24,713                    2,723                    27,436 



 

 

     

 

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