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State police say forensic evidence backlog shrinking, needs more work State police say forensic evidence backlog shrinking, needs more work

State police say forensic evidence backlog shrinking, needs more work

When an Illinois Senate panel met in March to discuss the state’s backlog of untested forensic evidence, there were more than 70 DNA samples in murder cases more than a year old awaiting action from Illinois State Police forensic investigators. That number is down to 14, representatives of the agency told the same Senate Public Health Committee on Tuesday.

Sandoval pleads guilty to bribery and tax fraud Sandoval pleads guilty to bribery and tax fraud

Sandoval pleads guilty to bribery and tax fraud

Former state Sen. Martin Sandoval entered a plea deal Tuesday in which he admitted to receiving more than $250,000 in bribes over a three-year period and filing a false tax return. In exchange for his plea, Sandoval agreed to cooperate with federal investigators in other ongoing investigations and he will not face sentencing until he is finished cooperating.
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