Parental Rights in Illinois

Illinois Parental Rights News

Parental Rights Event Coming to Chicago Area

October 4, 2017

Get Your Questions Answered & Network with Others! Date: Sunday, October 22, from 2 to 4:45 pm (CDT) Free Tickets: Free tickets are available. Register now. Location: Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Avenue, Bellwood, IL The proposed Parental Rights Amendment will be featured at an upcoming parental rights gathering at the Bellwood Public Library, 600…

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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.