By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois is creating a new commission to help wipe out a backlog of unprocessed DNA evidence.

A new measure was just signed into law creating a state forensic science commission.

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The measure was sponsored by State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt and State Rep. Lakesia Collins.

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The goal is to improve coordination between police departments and forensic scientists to get DNA evidence processed and help solve crimes.

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As of December the backlog had been cut in half, but thousands of cases still remain open.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff