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 1        AN ACT concerning family law.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.  The Adoption  Act  is  amended  by  changing
 5    Section 18 as follows:

 6        (750 ILCS 50/18) (from Ch. 40, par. 1522)
 7        Sec. 18. Records confidential.
 8        (a)  The  word  "illegitimate",  the  words  "born out of
 9    wedlock", and words of similar import shall not  be  used  in
10    any adoption proceeding in any respect.
11        (b)  The  court  call  of  adoption proceedings shall not
12    identify any of the parties  by  name.  The  parties  may  be
13    identified  by  initials  or  pseudonyms.  The  case shall be
14    identified by its general number. The names  of  the  lawyers
15    representing  the  parties  may appear on the court call, and
16    the type of application that is being made to the  court  may
17    also be identified.
18        (c)  All  adoption  records  maintained  by  each circuit
19    clerk shall be impounded in accordance  with  the  procedures
20    provided    by   the   Illinois   Supreme   Court's   General
21    Administrative Order on Recordkeeping and shall be opened for
22    examination only upon specific  order  of  the  court.   The,
23    which order of the court shall name the person or persons who
24    are  to be permitted to examine the file. Certified copies of
25    all papers and documents contained in any file  so  impounded
26    shall be made only on like order. The guardian ad litem for a
27    minor  sought  to  be adopted shall have the right to inspect
28    the court file without leave of court during the pendency  of
29    the  proceeding.  The  attorney of record for the petitioners
30    and other parties may inspect the file  only  with  leave  of
31    court.  The  petitioners  to  the  adoption,  the attorney of
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 1    record for the petitioners, and the guardian ad litem of  the
 2    person  who  is  the  subject  of the proceeding are shall be
 3    entitled to receive certified copies of the order of adoption
 4    in the proceeding at any time within 30 days after the  entry
 5    of  the judgment of adoption without order of court. After 30
 6    days from the entry of the judgment of  adoption,  no  copies
 7    may  be obtained without prior order of court, but good cause
 8    is not necessary to be shown by one of the petitioners to the
 9    adoption.
10        (d)  If an appeal is taken from an  adoption  proceeding,
11    the  papers  filed  in the court of review and the opinion of
12    the reviewing court shall not identify the true names of  the
13    parties;  instead,  initials  or  pseudonyms shall be used to
14    identify the parties.
15    (Source: P.A. 86-493; 87-620.)

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