Updated: June 21, 2011 8:07AM
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said that within the next two weeks, the department’s website will include the photographs of the 1,100 parents his investigators are looking for in child support cases.
Dart said the site will include the names and last known addresses of the deadbeat dads and the handful of deadbeat moms being sought and he encouraged people to help the department find them.
Dart said that while people who owe child support often try to keep their whereabouts a secret from authorities by doing things like paying for items only in cash, they do not always move far away. He said 80 men picked up in the last couple of weeks were located in Cook County.
As a result, he said, he is optimistic that when people punch in their own ZIP codes on the site, they might be led to photographs that include someone they recognize. The site on Monday had the photographs of about 30 deadbeat dads for whom arrest warrants have been issued for contempt of court following their failure to pay child support.
The 80 men owed a total of about $1.7 million, including one who owned a barbershop and owed $213,000. Dart said when officers went to the home of another man who owed $60,000, they found $44,000 in a bag, and a few assault rifles and other weapons. AP