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Quinn Signs Bill Targeting Child Support Deadbeats




    "If you're going to have any expansion of gambling, any of those new revenues have to be devoted to schools and education," Quinn said. "Not to other things." (Published Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012)

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that lets casinos and race tracks garnish gambling winnings from parents who owe back child support.

    The new law that was signed Monday takes effect immediately. It's aimed at chipping away at the state's nearly $3 billion backlog in unpaid child support.

    Quinn on Public Opinion of Gambling

    [CHI] Quinn on Public Opinion of Gambling
    Gov. Pat Quinn responds to a Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll that shows public support for gambling expansion has faded. (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2012)

    The money would be turned over to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. From there, it'd be distributed to parents.

    Race tracks and casinos will have to post signs warning gamblers that their winnings may be garnished if their names surface in a database.

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    Lawmakers adjourned Friday without action on gay marriage, gambling expansion or pension reform. Carol Marin reports. (Published Friday, May 31, 2013)

    The measure was sponsored by Dunlap Republican Sen. Darin LaHood. He says up to $1 million in back child support could be collected in this first year.