Illinois State Police clear backlog of untested rape kits

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CHICAGO, IL. (KTVI) – The Illinois State Police have tested a backlog of 4,000 rape kits under a new law mandating that all evidence from reported sex crimes be examined. So far, 927 of the kits have matched someone in the national DNA database, providing a possible new lead in the cases.

The landmark law was passed three years ago after it came to light that numerous police departments were failing to test rape kits.

Some had sat unexamined for years, including one dating back nearly three decades.

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