(SPRINGFIELD) Children of divorce in Illinois spend less time with their father than kids in nearly every other state. A new study released by parental custody software service Custody X Change found that dads in Illinois without a criminal past that live nearby only see their children 23.1% of the year. The only states where fathers spend less time with their children are Mississippi (23%), Oklahoma (22.4%), and Tennessee (21.8%) Twenty states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin, tied for first place with 50% of the time with fathers. However, there’s a huge difference between Illinois and a state like Missouri which has 50/50 custody laws, where children spend an equal number of overnights with each parent. Illinois’ typical model is alternating weekends. A bill has been proposed in Springfield to put dads on equal footing with mothers, who typically get more time regardless of the situation at home based on current lack of precedent or on laws stating otherwise. That newly proposed measure has not yet been granted a committee hearing to date.
(SPRINGFIELD) A downstate Judge has been installed as an officer within the Illinois Judges Assocation. Madison County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Crowder became the Association’s 3rd Vice-President during its recent annual meeting held in Chicago. The IJA was founded in 1972 to provide services, support, and education to its member judges and to improve public understanding of the Illinois judicial system. The IJA represents 1,250 active and retired State Court Judges in Illinois. To learn more, go to www.ija.org.
(SPRINGFIELD) Free Fishing Days are this weekend throughout the State of Illinois, coinciding with the Father’s Day Weekend. Starting tomorrow and continuing Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, everyone is encouraged to get out and introduce all children and others to the outdoor adventure of fishing. It’s during the four days that anglers can fish any public or state body of water without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp, or inland trout stamp. For more information and/or details, go online to www.ifishillinois.org.