Breaking News Bar
updated: 8/13/2013 7:39 AM

Dead-beat parents would lose gambling winnings

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • A new law takes gambling winnings away from deadbeat parents.

      A new law takes gambling winnings away from deadbeat parents.
    File photo

 
 

Gov. Pat Quinn Monday signed legislation that would take gambling winnings away from deadbeat parents who are behind on their child support.

The legislation from state Rep. David Harris, an Arlington Heights Republican, requires casinos and horse racing tracks to hold onto gamblers' winnings if they win enough to have to fill out a tax form, generally more than $1,000 in a single payment.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The casino or racetrack could hold all of the winnings if the gambler is found to be behind on child support. In addition, those sites will have to post signs letting patrons know about the new rule.

"(It's a) very positive piece of legislation to help with deadbeat spouses who don't pay child support and have the temptation to go to a casino or racetrack and gamble away what should be going to child support," Harris said.

The new law is effective immediately. It was approved by lawmakers unanimously earlier this year.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here