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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate has narrowly voted down a plan to allow police to take DNA samples from felony arrest suspects.
Advocates saw the measure as adding an important crime-fighting tool. But opponents viewed it as an intrusion upon civil liberties.
The bill, pushed by Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine), drew just 28 votes after overwhelmingly passing the House last month.
After nearly a 90-minute debate, Murphy kept the measure alive through a parliamentary maneuver, leaving open the possibility there could still be another vote before the Senate’s targeted May 29 adjournment if he and the measure’s House sponsor, Rep. Susana Mendoza (D-Chicago), can round up two more Senate votes.