Former Ald. Wallace Davis Accused Of Being Deadbeat Dad

CHICAGO (CBS) — He was one of Chicago’s most colorful and controversial public officials. Now he’s charged with being one of the city’s top “deadbeat dads.”

Former Ald. Wallace Davis allegedly owes more than $100,000 in support payments to his two little kids and he’s talking about it only to CBS2’s Mike Parker.

How did he get into this mess?

“I sometimes wonder myself,” Davis says. “Trying to do the right thing, wrong follows, I guess.”

Wallace Davis, the former alderman of the 27th Ward, is no stranger to getting himself into messes. In 1987, he was convicted of bribery and extortion and did a three-year stretch in federal prison.

Now, despite owning a popular West Side catfish restaurant and several properties nearby, he’s charged with failure to pay child support for his 5- and 6-year-old daughters.

According to his attorney, Davis owes a total of at least $150,000, including fines. This particular charge is a felony.

According to the director of the State’s Attorney’s Child Support Enforcement department, Z. Williams, “There is jail time if the person is not able to comply.”

Davis calls the allegations, “ridiculous.”

He says he is financially strapped because of a theft five years ago.

When he refinanced his home, he says, the check for $168,000 was stolen, his signature was forged and the check was deposited in the thief’s account and never recovered. Davis has filed suit to get his money from the broker and the title company involved.

Davis says he wants to support his kids and “most certainly” make it up to them.

“I got a lot of making up to do,” he says.

The former alderman is calling his felony prosecution a “political” move by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

An Alvarez spokeswoman calls that “an obviously ridiculous claim.”

The Davis felony trial is expected to start in a matter of weeks.

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  • tom Sharp

    Wait for it! “Racism” will be his next ‘defense.”

    • Mohammed Bin

      First I am a westsider and I am not a supporter of Wallace Davis, he has given nothing back just a slight bit above Michael Jordan who has given nothing back. Nonetheless, how can he cry racism? Those are his kids and he did not pay the support. On the other had, I pay 20% every month 639.00 directly through payroll every month, yet the department claims every month they did not receive the payment. The Child support system is the state is the worst, You need to experience it first hand so you will be more informed. I will be suing the Department by mid August.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Oh my. Never ending shame for Lyndia and NWA. Are there any good ones???

    • Lyndia

      Good what? Good Black people? Good Black people if that agree with your racist, twisted, little racist ass? I don’t think so.

      • Avg Joe

        white man picking on him…he don’t owe that ho nothin….just keep voting this silerback ,knuckle dragging ape into ofice….


    He’s probably their uncle

    • Lyndia

      He is not my uncle, he is my friend. I have know him over 30 years.

      • Leroy Goldberg

        Hmmmmmmm, just how well do you “know” him Lyndia??

  • Mohammed Bin

    Hey Leroy did you see your uncle Robert Phelan in the Tribune news section today? Charged: Aggravated criminal sexual assault, just like uncle just like nephew are there any good ones? Ask NIZZER

    • Leroy Goldberg

      Osama, Osama, Osama….keep trying.

  • Mohammed Bin

    Hey Nizzer they say you were on 16th and Kedzie making a purchase from a street pharmacist. There goes the neighborhood.

  • Pothead


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