If they aren’t going to collect, why should they calculate? That is the sentiment behind a bill that would stop the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services from calculating child support interest manually for cases from 1987 to 2006, when cases were computerized.

State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) says the bill will help the state save money that would have been spent on a contractor to calculate the interest. “If the custodial parent wants to pursue the interest they certainly can, at any time. But in the meantime the department won’t have the burden of calculating this all the time,” Tracy said.

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State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) says the state shouldn’t give people who don’t pay their child support a break to save money. “I’m concerned on this,” Franks said. “One of the first bills when I came in as a new legislator was to have interest accruing for people who don’t pay their child support, and I’m worried that this would weaken the penalties we put forward.”

S.B. 1358 is awaiting action by the governor, having passed both houses of the General Assembly.

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