Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Provides that a child custody proceeding may be commenced by a person who provides "kinship care", by filing a petition that alleges that it is in the best interest of the child to live with him or her, if the person is the "de facto custodian" of the child. Provides that "de facto custodian" means the person who has been the primary caregiver for, and financial supporter of, a child who has resided with the person: for a period of 6 months or more, if the child is under 3 years of age; or for a period of one year or more, if the child is 3 years of age or older. Provides that "kinship care" means the care, nurturing, and protection of a child by a relative, grandparent, godparent, stepparent, or any adult who has physical custody and a kinship bond with a child. Provides that any notice of hearing in the proceeding shall be served by personal service or sent by certified or registered mail to all persons who have appeared of record in the proceeding. Amends the Probate Act of 1975. Provides that unless excused by the court for good cause shown, a petition for guardianship of a minor and a notice of hearing on the petition shall be given by personal service or by certified or registered mail to the minor, the minor's relatives, and the person having custody of the minor (instead of giving notice of the hearing on the petition, in person or by mail, to the minor and to the minor's relatives). Provides that the requirement that a copy of the petition and notice be served on or delivered to the person having custody of the minor is jurisdictional, but failure to provide copies to any relative is not jurisdictional (instead of providing that the failure to provide copies to any relative is not jurisdictional). Provides that a notice of hearing in a proceeding concerning guardianship of a minor shall be sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, to all persons who have appeared of record in the proceeding.
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Session Sine Die
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
Second Reading - Short Debate
Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
Do Pass / Short Debate Judiciary I - Civil Law Committee; 012-000-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Moved to Suspend Rule 25 Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie
Suspend Rule 25 - Prevailed
Assigned to Judiciary I - Civil Law Committee
Referred to Rules Committee
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Eddie Washington
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