The man, who also faces a charge of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, was arrested Sunday in Green Bay.
The van belonging to Collins & Stone Funeral Home was stolen from outside the Rockford business on Jan. 21. Chicago police found the van the following day without the body inside.
The body of 47-year-old Curtis Brown that had been in the van was recovered Jan. 23 behind a vacant home on Chicago’s South Side, Rockford police have said.
Brown’s body was returned to Rockford by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office.