Chicago aldermen want more information about local rape kits that may have gone unprocessed.
Alds. Ed Burke (14th) and Carrie Austin (34th) are spearheading a measure requesting that Chicago police answer questions about a possible backlog in the processing of rape kits. The council's Finance Committee, chaired by Burke, passed the order on Monday.
During a Monday Finance Committee hearing on the subject, Burke claimed that the Illinois State Police Crime Laboratory received 957 rape kits from Chicago police last year, DNAinfo Chicago reported. But results from just 271 kits came back to Chicago police in 2014, though it's not clear if all of those kits were submitted in that same year.
Burke said he is also concerned by the Chicago Police Department's alleged lack of records on the processing status of rape kits.
The alderman said he's looking into the issue after recently hearing news about nationwide rape kit backlogs.
"Clearly, if you examine what's happening around the nation, if in Chicago the same situation is occurring, then we have a major problem," Burke told reporters on Monday. "As I said earlier, justice delayed is justice denied. If these rape kits aren't being processed by the state police crime lab on a timely basis, then the victims are being victimized once by the criminal offender and the next time by the criminal justice system."