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Lake County sheriff probes use of police powers by coroner's deputies

Mar 22, 2011 7:12:46 PM- chicagotribune.com
Policies on traffic stops, weapons vary in Illinois

Lake County Coroner Richard Keller's abrupt resignation last month amid his own legal woes has shed some light on an apparently little-known aspect of coroners' powers: They and their deputies are considered law enforcement officers who can carry weapons and even pull people over in traffic.