The Backlog:


We do not currently know the size of the rape kit backlog in Illinois. After a state law—the first of its kind in the country—was passed in 2010, required that all rape kits be submitted for testing, an estimated 4,000 were tested, generating 927 matches in the DNA databank.

The law in Illinois in many ways opened the door to a tide of rape kit reforms laws in state legislatures across the United States that have been passed since. To further reform, Illinois legislators introduced: SB-2133 and SB-2221 in 2016. SB-2133 would establish victim notification rights in regards to the submission and analysis status of the rape kit, and SB-2221 would establish a tracking system and require an annual statewide audit of rape kits.

Join us and take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

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Testing Complete

*In December 2013, The Chicago Tribune reported that Illinois had completed testing on all 4,000 of the kits in its backlog.

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Through The Accountability Project, we are using public records requests to bring the number of untested kits in Champaign-Urbana, Chicago and Springfield to light.

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