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.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Heavy Rain Causing Flooding, Dangerous Driving Conditions And Power Outages
The measure was sponsored by State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt and State Rep. Lakesia Collins.READ MORE: City Offering COVID-19 Booster Shots Starting Monday
The goal is to improve coordination between police departments and forensic scientists to get DNA evidence processed and help solve crimes.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Rain Continues Into Monday Afternoon; Wind Advisory, Lakeshore Flood Advisory In Effect
As of December the backlog had been cut in half, but thousands of cases still remain open.