Illinois cybershames its deadbeat parents

Illinois cybershames its deadbeat parents

States are resorting to ever more extreme measures to get elusive parents to pay their child support debts. Next year, Illinois officials will try public humiliation.

Illinois Gov. George H. Ryan this week approved a law that lets the Illinois Public Aid Department, beginning July 1, 2002, post on a state Web site the names of parents who owe more than $5,000 in back payments for child support.

Before a deadbeat parent's name is posted, department officials must send a written notice to the parent showing the amount of child support owed and the department's intention to publish the parent's name.

The name cannot be publicly disclosed until 90 days after the parent receives the official notice.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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