Wanted for Child Support Delinquency, April 6

The Cook County Sheriff has arrest warrants out for these accused "deadbeat parents" and in the south suburbs.

The following warrants for failure to provide child support were listed by the Cook County Sheriff's Office as of April 5:

Chicago Heights

Keith Penelton, 52, had $39,917.36 in child support payments racked up as of April 5. His last known address was in the 1200 block of West End in Chicago Heights.

Authorities have also listed Katrina Johnson, 40, of the 200 block of East 24th Street in Chicago Heights, as being delinquent on child support payments. She owes $11,322.

New Lenox

The last known address listed for Ronald Istad, 49, is in the 1200 block of Gordon Street in New Lenox, according to county records. He owes a total of $68,959.34 in child support payments.

Sheriff's deputies list John Ludington, 43, as most recently living in the 600 block of Oxford Court in New Lenox. His child support tally as of April 5 was up to $20,014.11.

Palos Hills

Dewayne Parks, 39, of the 10200 block of 86th Terrace in Palos Hills, reportedly owes $18,311.28, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.


If you have a tip on their whereabouts, call 708-865-4902 or email fugitive.warrants@cookcountyil.gov. The sheriff's department says you should not try to apprehend anyone yourself.

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EMM April 08, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Kevin is so right, my brother had to spend over 100K to get custody of his children from his ex, and she was in a mental hospital! She tried to hurt the kids, got locked up, eventually ended up in a psych ward and they still let her retain custody! It took over a year before he was awarded sole custody and the even more ridiculous part of it was HE WAS REQUIRED TO PAY HER CHILD SUPPORT! He had "temporary custody" because she was ill. She was not required to use those funds for the children, instead hired someone to live in her house while she was "away". I'm glad the kids are now in a stable home environment, but it is horrible the way the system works
Ed April 08, 2012 at 12:34 PM
It is funny how this always seems to be about Dead Beat "DADS". I raised two boys without any child support from my Dead Beat "WIFE". It wasn't about the money it was about raising the kids. Perhaps the court system could start awarding custody of the children to the parent with the ability and the means to raise a child, instead of being biased and almost exclusively awarding custody to the mother.
Kathleen A. April 08, 2012 at 12:47 PM
The article lists a woman, as well. There are many horror stories when it comes to child support issues and the governments way of dealing with it, and these stories come from both sides, and male and female alike. This is why positive change never occurs, everyone forgets THE most important thing. It's about the children. They're innocent, beautiful, and deserve to be supported both financially and emotionally by both sides of the family. If everyone can just enter into this with that in mind solutions can be accomplished. My ex abandoned my son and won't help support him in anyway. He's autistic with many needs and I struggle everyday to provide for him and make his life a little better. This is our story...http://bewarehalaustin.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/coming-together-for-action/
Elizabeth Codo April 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Donna, you need a reality check! When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, my first action was contacting an adoption agency because I knew I couldn't count on the father for anything. When I went to Texas based on his verbal consent (which is per Texas State Law), he immediately changed his mind and hired some lawyer to get custody of the very child I was pregnant with (who is/was a laughingstock in the courts). Many of these non-custodial parents do everything in their power not to support the child that they helped create, leaving the custodial parent holding the ball. Oh, and as for birth control, I can't take it because I have Reynaud's Phenomenon. Worst case scenario is that I will need my hands and feet amputated, so I'll be on some form of government aid either way.
BRW April 08, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Wow, I can't believe how many people fell for Donna's troll bait. Trolls are a fact of life and Patch has them too.
zula 5 April 09, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Women get more then their share in a divorce. The house temporary support so they can be trained to get back into the work force (which is a joke its more for hair coloring and clothes and weight watchers) and the money for the kids which is really going mostly to the woman for new shoes. Men take the beating.
jorge April 09, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Let me start by saying that I pay full child support and more and Family law in illinois is a joke.... big industry where the system is squeezing both good and bad dads. Its a fact that women file for divorce more than men and men walk away from conflict more thanwomen do My kids mom who quit her job as she filed for divorced, took the kids away to another country refusing to come back and I had to go through hell to get them back, argues in court to keep me from seeing the children to a few hrs a week and then gets dcfs on me with false accusation. Here is the irony, I know she can't keep a joband has borderline issues , are the kids better off with her or a parent who can give kids a stable environment and a future. I'm at a point where I don't know what's better for my kids,me giving up on them or walking away from them and moving to another state so I don't have to deal with this pain.
Carmell April 09, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Jorge, I beg you not to give up on your children. The pain you'll endure for the rest of your life, if you give up now, is much worse than the pain you'll deal with for now. Please don't make your children feel they're not worth fighting for. Hang in there, years down the road you will realize you did the right thing by hanging on for your children's sake. Best wishes to you.
jorge April 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Carmell, Thank you for your support. Tears are rolling down my cheeks (and I rarely cry) as I read your response because I think about my kids all the time and how much I want to be there for them, just like my dad has been there for me. I just hope I have enough strength to continue fighting and get over this broken system and a vindictive person. Jorge
natalie jackson ramirez April 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Listen I am pro-choice but here is a bit of the hyprocrisy that we as woimen tend to ignore...With great rights comes even greater responsibilities.. Here is the hypocrisy as best illustrated in this cartoon http://www.tastymojo.com/LouisvilleMojo/photos_pgp/093/PG7432020080109062112593093.jpg
natalie jackson ramirez April 15, 2012 at 11:42 PM
heres the other side of the discussion for unwed mothers that benefit from our broken child support system.. I wroite to you as a fellow progressive that has served a mental health practitioner and long time advocate for CHOICE! Having worked in the field of psychology I have had to approach the unique challenge of providing therapeutic intervention for men whose psychological distress is directly linked to feelings of powerlessness as it relates to family and reproductive decision making. I have stood along side men in the trenches that have defended with great passion our right to “choose”. That is… the same men that fight so passionately for our rights have begun to on some level wonder why their voice in the discussion related to reproductive rights not even be heard in the discussion. I must admit that I have begun to evolve on this issue in a way that is more consistent with an old quote made by Karen Decrow of NOW.. “Justice therefore dictates that if a woman makes a unilateral decision to bring pregnancy to term, and the biological father does not, and cannot, share in this decision, he should not be liable for 21 years of support. Or, put another way, autonomous women making independent decisions about their lives should not expect men to finance their choice.” — Karen DeCrow, former NOW President ( National Organization for Women, U.S.A.)
natalie jackson ramirez April 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM
In 2007, my nephew (19 at the time) committed suicide after a woman 7 years his senior admitted to pregnancy entrapment (contraception tampering) He was to attend college in the Fall but instead was served with CS orders. Absent the ability to prove in public what this woman admitted to in private my nephew was told to simply “man up” by the courts. After two years of depression his suicide note read… “I cannot believe this has happened. Some days are better than others, but I have decided that I would rather die than to continue to support – - – - . My entire life has been turned upside down and I pray that God recives me with understanding”.This has made it very personal for me
natalie jackson ramirez April 15, 2012 at 11:45 PM
What I find most intriguing about the “war on women” is that I keep finding myself as twenty year choice advocate being perplexed by this dicussion. I work in community health. It is hard to ignore the statistics that 70% of our children (black women) are born to unwed mothers. Many of the very women for whom I have advocated for years do not even value or exercise the responsibility (use of birth control) that comes with complete control over reproduction pre and post conception. I am personally insulted by the suggestion of a war on women while we as black women continue to enjoy the right to complete control over reproductive decsions while abdicating ourselves of complete resonsibility that comes with it. What is disturbing is that we are marching in the streets regarding the assault on black men while I am (right now!) watching the police escort an unemployed neighbor to jail…not for robbery or assault but for his inability to pay child support! Listen I am a choice advocate but I am evolving in my belief that the very men that have stood in the trenches alongside me in defense of a womans right to choose would not even have their reproductive rights taken into consideration.
natalie jackson ramirez April 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Motherhood is a CHOICE in 2012 and we have alienated many potential male allies that do not desire to take that choice away but desire to simply have equal treatment under the law.You see by focusing on condom use and post-conception responsibility it focuses on male responsibility or lack of and absolves us of any responsibility for the personal choices that we made. When men “walk away” we refer to them as deadbeats but the top three reasons that they walk away are the very same reasons that women put their children up for adoption or abort. We dont refer to women as deadbeats for “abandoning” the responsibility that comes with conception but we extend compassion to our girls and women about the options they have should they not be in an ideal financial situation, relationship or the potential impact on career. Do we not believe that men experience the same anxieties and fears and can be impacted in a such a way as well? As one that has worked in community mental health and in private practice with men whose pain has often been dismissed and/or completely invisible to society I think its time we begin exploring these issues. I fought as have other women, too hard for a womans right to choose, while most simply enjoy the rights without responsibility.
natalie jackson ramirez April 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM
There has been a war on our men and I will simply say that a community that despises its men run the risk of creating a community of despicable men. I watched coverage of the crisis in Syria a couple of days ago. As is common practice in western journalism it was reported “20 killed including women and children” I thought little of it until my nephew of 21 years of age stated “Theres the problem right there, we get the message loud and clear; our lives are assigned different value than everyone elses.” I must admit that it is hard not to argue that the value we have placed on our mens lives has been reduced to their “doings” instead of value in their being
natalie jackson ramirez April 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM
It is a very interesting dichotomy where we are vocal about our strenngth and independence while maintaining the idea of ourselves as victims of mens ill intent. The very concept of focusing our attention on condoms (male symbol of sexual (ir) responsibility) and mens behavior post conception is a blatant attempt to shift focus away from the 20+ options we have available to us to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the lack of responsibility we demonstrated pre-conception. We cannot continue to ignore the voices of our men in this discussion. We also cannot keep saying “he should keep it in his pants if he doesnt want to pay” as it undermines our efforts to protect choice. We would never support a woman being told that. I write to you as you have a voice that at the very least can invite more objective analysis of the problem to the mainstream. I beg of you as a mother of sons that you gein an egalitarian humanist discussion that truly considers the men and boys in our community. I may not have effectively articulated my thoughts but I pray you get the general conversation I ma trying to engage you in .. I lost two male clients to suicide after long struggles with the family courts.. Society cannot continue to ignore the men in our communities, it will cost us much more than it already has. Natalie Jackson Ramirez, EdD., LMFT
natalie jackson ramirez April 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I actually agree with you on some level donna.. http://www.tastymojo.com/LouisvilleMojo/photos_pgp/093/PG7432020080109062112593093.jpg
Celeste Halko April 16, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Kathleen A. April 16, 2012 at 03:06 AM
It's about the children, not the whiney, deadbeat parent, male or female, too selfish to take responsibility for their child. Focus, people, focus. Only the children are innocent victims here.
natalie jackson ramirez April 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Far too simplistic an argument! Children do not have to be born under these circumstances. The best interest of children provides cover for railroading men and fathers. Child support should not ne given to unwed mothers..70% born towomen that can prevent these situations but men are irresponsible pursued by my child support agency and jailed? America a country that already is the. Laughing stock of theu world forunder for its mass incarceration of its. Citizens.aughingztock of the
Kate Duff April 16, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Natalie, all that foaming at the mouth seems to have left you incoherent. Maybe a few deep calming breaths will help.
Kathleen A. April 16, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Kate Duff, I wouldn't bother replying to that person. First, I didn't believe the credentials because the spelling is so horrendous I couldn't justify it, second, try googling her, she only comes up, sans the credentials, as dead, and on this same news site...... http://danbury.patch.com/articles/natalie-ramirez-wanted-to-leave-him obviously it's a very sick person pretendig to be someone they're not.
mom April 16, 2012 at 07:25 PM
When people divorce they are just trading one set of problems for another. The kids won't suffer so much if the parents keep them out of it and don' t talk nasty about one another. I am 50 and did not know my dad was ever behind in support until I was 35 years old. My parents never involved my sisters and I and my parents till this day are friends and we can all get together and have nice visits. Things have gotten so mean and times sure have changed!
Resident April 16, 2012 at 08:04 PM
@Kathleen Austin. I googled her name and creditals too, and found this: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/03/02/where-are-mens-voices-in-the-fight-for-womens-health/
Kathleen A. April 16, 2012 at 08:09 PM
@Resident ~ he/she must be living a very strange life.
Genvieve LaChappele April 16, 2012 at 09:03 PM
when you don't agree with someone's message, demonize them!
natalie jackson ramirez April 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Okay... So as an academic that runs the risk of being black balled did you really think that I would post under my real name? Additionally, you will have to excuse my grammaticcal and spelling errors as I struggle to post with the predictive texting on my smart phone.
natalie jackson ramirez April 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Fine.. Im gelisa ramos austin PsyD Lmft Google that! As if it matters. Address the substantive criticism I have of the system!
chavonne April 17, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I must admit that I could care less who made that long post. What I find interesting is that you all chose not to provide the woman with a counter argument for what are a few very valid points. Instead you all spend time trying to discredit her as if that diminshes the validity of her argument. I am so glad the world is finally waking up to some of the injustices against men and boys.
Nikki Brown April 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM
GREAT ARTICLE! I dont have any children BUT IF I DID I would expect the other parent to contribute too! What the heck are these people thinking????????


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