Pointing to a study that showed DNA evidence in 52,000 killings nationwide has gone untested, Illinois Gov. Blagojevich wants the federal government to boost funding for such analysis, says the Chicago Sun-Times. “Illinois needs more dollars from Washington to help us eliminate the backlog of evidence waiting to be tested and to keep up with approximately 2,850 new cases that will flood our crime labs in the next fiscal year,” he said Monday. His administration recently allocated $2.6 million more to allow the Illinois State Police to hire 15 more DNA forensic analysts and to test old and new evidence by having private companies conduct some of the exams.
The goal is to perform all of the tests in house, with reports generated in 30 to 60 days. Illinois would use federal money to increase manpower in the state’s crime labs and help build a facility in Springfield to train scientists.