In October 2007, the Governor signed into law the most comprehensive package of legislation effecting child support enforcement since the introduction of mandatory child support withholdings through the State Disbursement Unit. This package of legislation was heavily backed by the child support enforcement community such as the Illinois Attorney General. The Illinois Government News Network trumpeted this: “Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed a new law that would give the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) Division of Child Support, the ability to use more aggressive enforcement tools to collect child support payments from deadbeat parents. On behalf of the Governor, Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Director Barry Maram joined more than a dozen Illinois families, legislators and child advocates at the Marcy Newberry Day Care Center to herald Senate Bill 1035 which will adds administrative suspension of Illinois driving privileges and allows municipalities to immobilize vehicles for certain child support debtors to the list of enforcement actions available. The legislation also add severance pay to the as the definition of income for wage withholding purposes and authorizes parents and their legal representatives to review case records.” The downside to the legislation is that review is limited to Administrative Review.
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