By Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Two Chicago aldermen plan to ask a City Council committee to investigate if there is a backlog of unprocessed rape kits involving Chicago sexual assaults.

Chicago Alderman Edward Burke and Chicago Alderman Carrie Austin say they plan to make the request of the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Finance on Monday morning.

The aldermen say they want information from the Chicago Police Department about how many rape kits have been tested and certified over the past decade. The kits would have been sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Laboratory for testing.

State law mandates that police departments send sexual assault evidence to the state crime lab within 10 days. The crime lab is required to analyze the evidence within six months.

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