A hearings was held at Alton City Hall yesterday to look into an odd practice of debt collecting that has popped up in Illinois. After reports of debtors missing court dates with creditors and later being jailed because of it, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in October began investigating. What the department found was a trend in certain counties where instead of issuing a judgment in favor of the creditor, the judge issued an arrest warrant for the debtor for failure to appear.
IDFPR Secretary Brent Adams wants input from the public and others to determine if public resources should be used in this way.
The types of debts involved include loans, retail purchases or medical equipment, and medical bills. The IDFPR is hoping to gather enough information from all sides of the issue to make rccomendations if legislation is determined to be a possible solution.