Deadbeat Parents

Our update on Illinois' deadbeat dilemma this week deals with new legislation on child support now making its way through the Senate.

Child support attorney Don Ray testified against the proposal before a Senate judicial committee in Springfield Tuesday. The legislation deals with interest on past due child support payments.

The law currently does not specify how interest should accrue. The Illinois Department of Public Aid wants the formula to be based on a monthly basis. Ray believes it should work on a daily basis similar to credit card formulas.

State Sen. Dave Syverson says either way the law should be more specific. However, the bigger issue, Syverson says, is that we're still not collecting child support payments like we should be, let alone interest. Syverson believes the state should be cracking down on that issue.