Illinois State Police

  • Van Pelt on DNA accountability report: ISP is on the right track

    dna test 080720CHICAGO – The Illinois State Police’s Division of Forensic Services (DFS) Forensic Sciences Command (FSC) released the DNA Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2020 last week, and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is highlighting its major improvements to reduce the DNA backlog, while recognizing there is still work to be done.

    “I am excited about the progress ISP has made,” Van Pelt said. “I hope this trend continues, and I will keep tracking them to make sure they continue to move forward in fulfilling their commitment to giving these families justice.”

  • Senators invest in road safety by taking aim at distracted driving

    Distracted driver

    Distracted driving and driver safety are issues that always need attention. As more young people drive and technology gets faster, the need to remind people of the perils of distracted driving increases exponentially.

    Senate Democrats approached road safety with an even greater sense of urgency following a tragically dangerous year for Illinois State Troopers on the road. In total, 15 state police cruisers were struck while on the side of the road. Three of those accidents resulted in fatalities in what was described as an unprecedented spike in collisions.

    State Senator Steve Stadelman passed Senate Bill 86, which clarifies that drivers may not use electronic devices to stream videos while they are driving, including tablets, laptops and video game controllers.

  • ISP invites senators for mock evidence collection event

    Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center

    CHICAGO – Lawmakers joined members of the Illinois State Police at the Forensic Science Center earlier this week to learn about its evidence collection process.

    State senators Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) were among those in attendance.

    In December 2018, ISP implemented the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to use new developments to assist in the delivery of complete, accurate and timely crime scene evidence collection and forensic laboratory analysis.