The DNR today says the cases include two deer killed in Ogle County, marking the first time chronic wasting has been found in that county. The infected deer were brought down during the state's 2005-2006 deer seasons.
The manager of DNR's Forest Wildlife Program says the tests are part of efforts to stop the spread of the disease. Manager Paul Shelton says his department appreciates the help it's gotten from hunters, who allow the state to take tissue samples.
A total of 112 cases have been found since chronic wasting was first detected in Illinois in 2002.
The fatal neurological sickness causes infected animals to become emaciated and die.