2021 Educational Conference

Northern Illinois University Conference Center

October 18-20, 2021


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

This year's conference will give crime scene investigators and forensic scientists from Illinois and surrounding states a unique opportunity to come together and see how forensic investigators from across the country investigate major cases.

The IDIAI training committee and division President have worked hard to provide law enforcement and lab personnel local access to nationwide forensic speakers, trends, and topics. Get ready for three days of case studies, evidence collection techniques, and view the latest equipment our exhibitors can provide!


We are constantly updating our program with new speakers. All lectures are subject to change as the schedule is finalized.

Program track:  Crime Scene Investigation

  • Bloodstain Evidence: A View Beyond the Angles by Mike Wazowicz

  • Scene Staging Homicide by Mike Wazowicz

  • A DNA Relay from Start to Finish by Lynette Johns

  • Easter Sunday: The Evidence Echoes by Lynette Johns

  • The Michael Slager OIS by John Paolucci

  • Bullet Trajectory and Ricochet Phenomenon by John Paolucci

  • Managing Major Crime Scenes by Don Comstock

  • Detecting More Evidence Using the Full Spectrum by Jason Cole (Foster+Freeman)

Program track:  Laboratory​​

  • How to Search Palm Prints by Stacey Petruncio

  • Searching Plantar Impressions by Stacey Petruncio

  • National Forensic Lab Services: What they can do for you by Jennifer Cones

  • Exploring the Limits of Uniqueness in Friction Ridge Impressions by Alice White (VIRTUAL Session)

  • CJIS Deceased Persons Identification Services (VIRTUAL Session)

  • CJIS Altered Biometric ID Program and National Palmprint System (VIRTUAL Session)

  • Close Calls discussions in breakout sessions by Julie Smith and Gina Minetti

    • Bring photos of your close call prints for group discussion and analysis​


  • Mental Health Awareness: Officer Resilience and Wellness by Dr. Kristy McKiness


2021 Conference Registration
Register online or by mail.

Registration is now open!  

You can register online at anytime. Our online

form will route you to PayPal for credit card payment.

If you need to pay by check or PO number, please click

the red button for our paper form. 


Registration deadline is September 27, 2021.

Conference Registration

Credit Card Only

All Illinois Division IAI events and training are designed for forensic

and investigative professionals. Only credentialed law enforcement or crime lab 

personnel may attend. The Illinois Division IAI reserves the right to remove 

individuals who do not meet this requriement.


NIU Conference Center

1120 E Diehl Rd #150

Naperville, IL 60563


Conference Lodging

There are several hotels close to the conference center. Because we serve a large local population at this conference, there is no block of rooms this year.  Here are several options for lodging, just click on your favorite hotel to link to the corporate reservation website.

1. Hampton Inn - 1087 East Diehl Rd. Naperville, IL -  +1 630-505-1400

2. Holiday Inn Express - 1837 Centre Point Circle , Naperville, IL. - +1-630-505-3353

3. Fairfield Inn - 1820 Abriter Ct, Naperville, IL - +1 844 631 0595

4. Courtyard- 1155 East Diehl Road - +1 630-505-0550

5. Embassy Suites - 1823 Abriter Court, Naperville, IL 60563 US - +1 630-799-5900

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2021 Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors