Illinois gambling law allows winnings to be taken to pay child support

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Illinois parents who gamble may have their winnings taken if they owe back child support.

On Monday, August 12, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law that lets casinos and race tracks take prize money to be used for overdue child support, according to a report by the State Journal Register.

The State of Illinois has almost $3 billion of unpaid child support. This law is a way for the state to begin decreasing that amount, according to the report.

Gambling locations will be required to post signs that warn gamblers that any prize money may be garnished if their names appear in the system. The money will be turned-over to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to be distributed to the parents, according to the Herald Review.

The law takes effect immediately.