dna test 120220CHICAGO – To discuss updates on the state’s DNA backlog, Senate Public Health Chair Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) will lead a joint Senate committee hearing Thursday morning.

“A lot has been going on this year, but we have not forgotten about those who are waiting for answers for heinous crimes done to their loved ones,” Van Pelt said. “Illinois State Police have made some advances since our last hearing, and it’s time to check in on the task force recommendations.”

The Governor’s Forensic Science Task Force released a report with recommendations for the State Police in June. In August, ISP announced that the Biology backlog for Fiscal Year 2020 Biology backlog was down by 30% from 2019.


A sexual assault check in system was created, but can only be accessed by police, hospitals, and victims. Monthly updates on the backlog and more reports can be found on ISP’s website.


To watch the virtual committee, visit https://ilga.gov/senateaudvid.asp and click "Watch Live Virtual Committee Video." The link will be available at 10:30 a.m.

Additional witnesses can submit written testimony online at www.ilga.gov.


WHO: Senate Public Health Committee Chair Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago), committee members, Beverly Reed Scott, Founder of The Soul Garden, Reverend Robin Hood of Anti-Violence Activities, Shannon Bennet of Kenwood-Oakwood Community Organization, Executive Director Carrie Ward of Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Director of Illinois State Police Brendan Kelly and Illinois State Police Deputy Director Robin Woolery

WHAT: A committee hearing on DNA backlog and evidence processing

WHERE: The virtual hearing can be viewed here: https://ilga.gov/senateaudvid.asp#. Blue Room Stream, a subscription-based service, will also stream the hearing.

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m.