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New Law Lets DHFS Garnish Gambling Winnings
If you owe child support payments and you plan to gamble, you could be out of luck. Gov. Pat Quinn just signed legislation that lets casinos and racetracks garnish winnings from parents who owe child support.
Here's how the new law works. Money would be turned over to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. From there, it would be distributed to parents.
The new law takes effect immediately. It's aimed at chipping away at the state's nearly $3 billion backlog in unpaid child support.
Racetracks and casinos will have to post signs warning gamblers that their winnings could be taken away if their names surface in a database.
It's estimated up to $1 million in child support money could be brought in during the first year.
AP contributed to this report.