New Law Mandates DNA Paternity Tests

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) — Genetic testing is only getting better, and one of the state laws which take effect on Jan. 1, 2011, is changing with the times as well.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, the law concerns updating the procedures used to test DNA samples in paternity cases.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports.

State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago), the House sponsor for the bill, says being a lawmaker is about solving problems.

“One of the problems that we see in Illinois is wrongfully-accused fathers, so what we want to do is make sure that we’re able to have the paternal fathers identified so that they can be responsible for their offspring,” Ford said.

Ford said since DNA testing is more than 99 percent accurate, the laws on the books need to be changed to conform.

  • Stephanie

    I f all women who had someone abroad to claim paternity had to get a DNA paternity test to obtain state welfare money, the state’s expenditures for welfare payments would shrink because this is a common fraud.

  • You are not the father

    Hey, maybe Illinois can use Maury Povich to assist with the paternity tests.

  • obo

    Once again the White Man’s Law is enforced on the African American Community

    • DHS

      obo- Your welfare checks, link card and free medical will be canceled immediately due to your comment.

  • Just the Average Joe

    OBO – How is this a White Man’s Law being enforced on the African American Community? If a man is identified as the biological father, then he should pay the support of the child. Why should the taxpayer be required to support all the illegitimate children where the father can be identified.

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