William “BJ” Elias of Streator, 52, unable to appear in court Thursday due to poor health

William “BJ” Elias of Streator, 52, unable to appear in court Thursday due to poor health

A former Streator funeral director, 52 year old William BJ Elias, could not be in court Thursday due to health issues.

Elias allegedly pocketed money that clients gave him to pre-pay their funerals.

He was released from the hospital Thursday morning at 4AM for an undisclosed illness and could not physically stand before Judge Cynthia Raccuglia.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jeremiah Adams told Judge Cynthia Raccuglia, Elias probably could not be admitted into the building.

A November 19th court date was set Thursday to determine what needs to be done next in the case.