SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) issued the following statement after the governor signed HB 369, legislation to extend the statute of limitations for untested rape kits.Noland issues statement

Thousands of previously untested rape kits have been under examination since 2010, many of which date back to before 2004. Legislation sponsored by Sen. Noland becomes law today to ensure victims of the backlog of kits receive justice. Previously, the 10-year statute of limitations begins at the time the incident is reported. Noland’s legislation, which is now state law, has it begin at the time the kit is actually tested, thus allowing those affected by the backlog to still receive due process.

“I am glad to see the governor support this important piece of legislation. While Illinois is working to prevent the backlog of untested rape kits, this landmark law is working to prevent those affected by the past from being denied the justice they deserve in the future.”

Noland worked closely with Julie Smolyansky , co-founder of Test 400 K, a group dedicated to eliminating the backlog and Rosa Pickett, a woman whose story prompted the legislature to act.

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