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2023 Educational Conference

Northern Illinois University Conference Center

April 25-27, 2023


All Illinois Division IAI events and training are designed for forensic and investigative professionals.

Only credentialed law enforcement, crime lab personnel, or approved exhibitors may attend. 

The Illinois Division IAI reserves the right to remove individuals who do not meet this requirement.

Conference Program

Conference Program

This year's conference will give crime scene investigators and forensic scientists from Illinois and surrounding states a unique training opportunity. Get ready for three days of case studies, evidence collection techniques, and view the latest equipment our exhibitors can provide!

This year's training program will include the following workshops and presentations:



  • "Courtroom Testimony for Latent Print Examiners"

    • Brianne Breedlove, Uncover Forensics

  • "Forensic Comparative Science: Determining Threshold While Comparing Shapes is Latent Print Examinations"​

    • John Vanderkolk, Unique Forensics, LLC​

  • "Shooting Scene Reconstruction"

    • Donald Comstock, DuPage County Sheriff's Office​

  • "Footwear Impressions: Identification, Photography, Documentation, and Collection"

    • CSI Brandi Field, ​ISP Crime Scene Services

  • "Detect More Evidence: Extend Your Search Beyond the Visible Using Alternate Light Sources"

    • Nathan Carey, Foster+Freeman​

  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Utilizing 3D Laser Scanner Technology

    • William Henningsen & Jamie Selves, Collision & Crime Forensic Solutions​


Case Presentations:

  • "Until Death Do Us Part - A Wedding Night Murder" (2012 murder of Estrella Carrera)

    • ISP Lieutenant Heather Hansen (Ret.)​

  • "Why We Matter" - 2022 Oak Forest Fire (Murder / Suicide case)

    • Arson Investigators Michael Kuban & Greg Whalen, Illinois State Fire Marshall

    • CSI Adrian Santiago & CSI Kyle Klingen, ISP Crime Scene Services​

  • "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Disappearance of Yingying Zhang"

    • Brian Clark, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chicago​

  • "Suicide of Fox Lake Lt. Joe Gliniewicz"

    • Detective Steve Kueber, Village of Grays Lake/Lake County Major Crimes Task Force​

  • "Tail of Vengeance" - K-9 assisted investigation

    • CSI Kristyn Urgo, Naperville Police Department​

  • "Officer Involved Death Aftermath: One Officer's Journey​"

    • Deputy Sarah McWhirter, Winnebago Police Department​

    • Amy Johnson, Kane County Major Crimes Task Force

  • "Suicide, Murder, or Accident? Crime Scene Perspective"​

    • Amy Johnson, Kane County Major Crimes Task Force


  • "Use of Force Investigations: Investigative Response to Officer-Involved Incidents"

    • ISP Master Sergeant Chris Burke​

  • "Future of DNA Analysis of Fired Cartridge Casings​"

    • CSI Kenan Hasanbegovic, ​ISP Crime Scene Services

  • "Cop-In-Crisis" (Officer Wellness)

    • Detective Matt Thornton, Zion Police Department

  • "Documenting Crime Scenes Utilizing a UAS & PIX 4D post-production"

    • CSI Jeff Thew & CSI Adrian Santiago, ​ISP Crime Scene Services

  • "​Fire Evidence Collection"

    • Donald Comstock, DuPage County Sheriff's Office

  • "Outside the Textbook and Into the World of the Forensic Expert: How and Why Experts Should Speak to High School Students.​​"

    • Nancy Kochis, LaSalle Peru High School​

  • "Live Scan Distortion"​

    • Brianne Breedlove, Uncover Forensics

  • "Friction Ridge Resources"​

    • Brianne Breedlove, Uncover Forensics

  • "Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis​"

    • Jeff Gurvis, Visionations​

  • "Utilizing CrimePad for Crime Scene Processing and Investigations: A Collaborative Approach"​

    • Jeff Gurvis, Visionations​

  • "Bloodstain Pattern Methodology and Terminology"​

    • Jeff Gurvis, Visionations

  • "Forensic Comparative Science: Irritations and Insights"​

    • John Vanderkolk, Unique Forensics LLC​

  • "Generalizing Across Disciplines"​

    • John Vanderkolk, Unique Forensics LLC

  • "Vehicle Processing by the FBI​"

    • Brian Clark, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chicago​

60th Anniversary Celebration Networking Event:

There will be a networking social on Wednesday April 26th, 3:30-5:30pm, in the atrium.

Group photo and raffle drawings.

This event is free and open to all attendees!  

Conference Registration

2023 Conference Registration
Register online or by mail.

Early Bird Conference Rates will end on March 31, 2023.


Member Registration - $225.00

Non-Member Registration - $275.00

One-Day Registration: $165.00

2023 IDIAI Conference Registration

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Conference Location

NIU Conference Center

1120 E Diehl Rd #150

Naperville, IL 60563

Conference Lodging

Conference Lodging

This year we have a block of rooms available at the Courtyard Marriott for travelers attending the conference. The conference rate is $119-$149 per night depending on your room choice. Use our link in the button below to book your room today!

Sponsors and Exhibitors

2023 Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors

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