On July 1, 2016, the 2017 fiscal year will begin. The problem for Illinois, however, is that the state has been operating without a budget since the 2016 fiscal year began a year ago. This means that Illinois has been struggling to cover shortfalls and budget gaps as lawmakers continue to spend more than the state is generating in revenues. The state legislature and the governor have been unable to reach an agreement on last year’s budget, and now it is time to look at this year’s, which does not sound very promising. The sting of the budget impasse has been felt by agencies and groups throughout the state, but now, those who rely on the state’s help for collecting child support could be in trouble. Cuts and layoffs in several counties mean that enforcement efforts are likely to be severely hampered.
Cook County Layoffs
Recent negotiations regarding the 2017 budget promised to restore some expected funding to the child support program in Cook County, but it appears that people will still be losing their jobs. According to reports, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has laid off 90 individuals who work in the county’s child support program helping parents and children get the support they are supposed to receive. Cook County has filed suit against the state trying to force payment of about $6 million in funding, which would be supplemented by contributions from a federal agency.
Different County, Similar Story
In Kane County, the problem was much the same. Fortunately, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon was able to secure funding for child support collection efforts directly from the county. “The state of Illinois has not paid a single dollar toward their obligation per the terms of the agreements,” he said. Each year, the Kane County program takes on about 1,300 new cases and collects more than $25 million in child support payments.
Getting the Child Support You Deserve
Despite the financial struggles in the state, if you rely on child support to provide basic necessities for your child, you should be entitled to receive the payments. At our law firm, we will do everything we can to help you collect from your child’s other parent, especially if he or she has fallen behind on his or her obligations.
Child support cases can be very complex, which is why it is important to work closely with an experienced Kane County family law attorney. Call 630-377-7770 to schedule your free initial consultation at Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C., today.