Illinois Senate Passes Sexual Assault Proposal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers have advanced legislation changing the statute of limitations for prosecuting some sexual assaults.

The proposal passed the state Senate on Monday without opposition.

Under the measure, the amount of time it takes for a DNA evidence kit to be entered into a state police database would not count against the timeframe for prosecuting sexual assaults.

Currently, sexual assaults must be prosecuted within 10 years after being reported. But that deadline could be extended if rape kits aren't immediately submitted for testing.

State Sen. Michael Noland sponsored the bill after the discovery of years-old, untested rape kits in a suburban Chicago police station.

Opponents argue the proposal would lessen the incentive for police to test kits quickly.

The proposal now moves to the House.
The bill is SB2609.

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