State Lawmakers Want Answers For Murder Case Backlog

Nick Young
December 02, 2018 - 10:27 am

Springfield, Illinois.


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- By one estimate, Illinois has the worst record in the country when it comes to swiftly solving murders. Tomorrow, Illinois lawmakers will try to find out why.

State Senator Patricia Van Pelt has called the hearing, hoping to find out why there's such a huge backlog of unsolved murder cases at the Illinois Crime Lab.  There are 752 of them awaiting DNA analysis, some that date back four years.

The Murder Accountability Project said that makes Illinois slower than any other state when it comes to solving murders.

Among those who may provide insight at the hearing -- representatives from the Illinois State Police.