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No child support? No fishing license.

February 13, 2008 at 03:16 PM

Deadbeat parents are paying up so they can fish and hunt.

Under a program started last year, Illinois is denying fishing and hunting licenses to any deadbeat parents who are not paying child support. Through the first three months of that program, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services’s Division of Child Support Enforcement has collected $109,000 in outstanding payments.

The switch to a point-of-sale computer licensing system allowed Illinois to have more control over the issuance of such licenses. And in the case of 171 individuals across the state, no license was issued until they paid up.

With that in mind, parents planning to purchase a hunting or fishing license for the 2008 season (2007 licenses expire on March 31) should plan on paying child support first.

“As a new year of hunting and fishing gets underway, we want to make sure that parents are aware of their obligations,” Gov. Rod Blagojevich said in a press release. “It’s important that parents meet their financial obligations to support their children, before they spend that money for their own recreation. Ultimately, we will deny deadbeat parents the right to hunt and fish, if they fail to meet their responsibilities to their children.”

To register for free child support enforcement services, parents can click here or call 800-447-4278.

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