Yes there are exceptions to this rule and now comes news of just such an exception.
In People v. William Spears, No. 2-08-0976, the the 2nd district affirmed the trial court's ruling that the state appropriately received an extension. In this case, Mr. Spears was charged with home invasion and in custody. While in custody he continued to exercise his demand for a trial and there is no question that the trial was not delayed by him. The government asked for continuances to complete DNA testing and they were granted by the trial court. Therein lies the rub, one of the exceptions to the Illinois Speedy Trial statute is for cases just like Mr. Spears. Specifically, 725 ILCS 103-5(c) states: