Judge orders former Chicago alderman to pay $143,000 in child support
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org March 8, 2013 3:08PM
Updated: March 8, 2013 8:36PM
Former alderman and convicted felon Wallace Davis Jr. was sentenced to 30 months probation Friday and ordered to pay over $100,000 in child support after he admitted he was deadbeat dad to his two young daughters.
Davis fathered the girls, now 7 and 8, during a relationship he had with a registered nurse in the early 2000s.
After the couple broke up in 2005, he was ordered to pay child support for the sisters.
Davis, the owner of Wallace’s Catfish Corner on the West Side, made sporadic payments but hadn’t made any payments since 2011, according to Cook County prosecutors Diana Meyer and Karl Hofbauer.
Davis, 61, pleaded guilty to criminal failure to pay child support before Judge Dennis Porter.
Porter said Davis could be taken off probation earlier if he makes the $143,837 payments before his 30-month sentence is up.
After Friday’s brief hearing, the mother of the girls said she was “happy” Davis was ordered to financially support their daughters. Still, she was disappointed that legal action had to be taken to ensure the promises Davis made to her years ago.
“He literally did nothing [for his daughters],” said the woman, who didn’t want her name used.
“I’m happy he understands now that he has to support his daughters but I wish he didn’t neglect them and showed them some love.”