The short-staffed Illinois State Police crime lab is grappling with a backlog of thousands of pending tests on biological evidence collected in rapes, murders and other crimes, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
At the end of February, nearly 3,100 cases were either untested or in the process of being tested more than 30 days after law-enforcement agencies submitted them to the lab, records show. That’s up from about 2,600 cases in mid-2015 and fewer than 130 in 2009.
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