Ill. Gov. signs bill allowing casinos to garnish winnings

Aug 19, 2013 6:05 PM

If anything, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn could be described as anti-gaming. After all, he has consistently opposed efforts by that state’s lawmakers to pass a casino bill.

But, when it comes to garnishing the winnings of successful gamblers, Quinn doesn’t hesitate. Last week, he signed legislation that lets casinos and racetracks garnish gambling winnings from parents who owe back child support.

True, the legislation has a different purpose. It’s aimed at chipping away at the state’s nearly $3 billion backlog in unpaid child support.

There was no indication given as to just how many child support defaulters win at gambling in Illinois, but one legislator estimated the new law will generate about $1 million in the first year.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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