IL deadbeat parents could see casino winnings garnished

Mar 26, 2013

  The state could garnish casino payouts for neglected child support payments.  State Senator Darin LaHood is sponsoring legislation that would require the state to garnish winnings of $1,200 or more from deadbeat parents.  LaHood says the measure allows casino officials to check a winner’s Social Security number in a state database to see if they owe child-support:

 “Let’s say somebody wins $5,000, they fill out that form, and under the current law we could try to go after that money.  But if that money gets spent in the next two weeks or the next week then it’s gone.  So this money is rightfully held by the state and given to the children directly instead of going into the pockets of the deadbeat parent,” LaHood says.

 LaHood says custodial parents could receive more than $1 million in the first year if the bill becomes law.  Similar legislation was shot-down three years ago because of concerns from the gaming industry that the database might not be updated in real-time.  LaHood says better technology and other states passing similar laws helped alleviate those concerns.  LaHood says he expects the full senate to take up the measure next month.