A new law will strip deadbeat parents of their gambling winnings. Casinos and racetracks will be required to garnish the winnings of any parents who are behind on child support. The proceeds would be turned over to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to be distributed to the families. “When anyone wins over $1,200, it will be required under the law to check that against our real-time database,” said State Sen. Darrin LaHood (R-Dunlap), sponsor of the bill.
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LaHood estimates that the law will bring in as much as $1 million in its first year. Kelly Jakubek of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services says it will help make a dent in the state’s $3.1 billion backlog of unpaid child support. “It gives another us tool to use to collect unpaid child support for Illinois families,” Jakubek said. The law goes into effect immediately.