Parental Rights in Illinois

Illinois Parental Rights News

Chicago Events: Vital Information for Parents

June 20, 2018

Join us to discuss the Parental Rights Amendment and the erosion of parental rights in our most distressed, low-economic communities throughout Illinois. Inadequate knowledge of how your fundamental rights as parents are being taken away increases bureaucratic takeover. It is vital for you to be empowered and vigilant in protecting and securing your parental rights.…

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Illinois State Law and Parental Rights

At Risk

Illinois does not have a state statute that explicitly defines and protects parental rights as fundamental rights.

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Illinois Courts and Parental Rights

"Strict Scrutiny" Applied to Parental Rights

In re R.C., 745 N.E.2d 1233, 1241 (Ill. 2001), the court held that because "the Court [in Troxel] reiterated that a parent's right to control the upbringing of his or her children is a fundamental constitutional right," the court "must employ strict scrutiny, and determine whether [the statute] is necessary to a compelling state interest and narrowly tailored thereto".

However, this precedent is subject to change.