IL Senate Passes Measure That Could Help In Rape Cases

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 04/08 2014 12:01PM

Updated 04/08 2014 12:03PM

WTVO/WQRF - A proposal to help law enforcement agencies investigating cases of rape passes the State Senate.

If passed, the bill would waive the legal deadline to analyze rape kits.  The Senate passed the measure Monday.

The measure is sponsored by Sen. Mike Noland (D-Elgin) who brought up the case of Rosa Pickett.  Pickett was sexually assaulted 36 years ago.  She even presented evidence samples to police, but investigators never analyzed the rape kit because the statute of limitations on her case expired.

The senate voted unanimously in favor of the bill.  It now moves to the House.

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