Illinois plans reforms for processing DNA Many rape kits were shelved under the old rules Illinois is moving to reform the way DNA evidence from sexual assaults is processed after a Tribune review found that many rape kits were being placed in police storage untested, robbing the state of opportunities to solve crimes and exonerate the wrongfully convicted. <Snip> After reporting that police were not submitting many of the kits to the Illinois State Police crime lab for testing, the Tribune found that even when kits are submitted, the lab sometimes refuses to analyze them. For example, since 2007 the crime lab has returned at least 88 kits to the Chicago Police Department untested, according to the department. <snip> The Tribune review found that over the last two years large suburban police agencies have stored untested kits with potential DNA evidence from nearly 100 alleged victims of sexual assault or abuse. They include a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted in Downers Grove by a stranger who dragged her to the ground and bit her; a 6-year-old Bolingbrook boy who told investigators an older child had forced him to perform oral sex; and an Aurora woman who reported being sexually assaulted by an acquaintance who later made a taped confession, according to police records. The suburban departments said they do not send kits to the lab if a prosecutor has declined to press charges; another snippet from DuPage: Many untested kits fall into this category, such as the case of the Aurora woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by an acquaintance who later made a taped confession. Joe Birkett, the DuPage County state's attorney, said his office declined to press charges because the victim had initially expressed interest in having sex with the accused. much much more at link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/ct-met-rape-kit-reform-20100208,0,6530596.story this is an outrage! How can they NOT test for forensic evidence? especially in some of the cases the trib used as examples! :furious: I need to pick my mouth up off the floor. Now at least I partially know why so many cases are unsolved in Illinois. Sheesh!