APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, FOURTH DISTRICT
of the State of Illinois, Petitioner-Appellee, v.
John Yelliott, Respondent-Appellant)
510 N.E.2d 541, 157 Ill. App. 3d 396, 109 Ill. Dec. 673 1987.IL.923
Appeal from the Circuit Court of McLean County; the Hon. William D. DeCardy, Judge, presiding.
JUSTICE LUND delivered the opinion of the court. SPITZ, P.J., and GREEN, J., concur.
DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE LUND
The circuit court of McLean County entered an order on October 27, 1986, terminating the parental rights of John Yelliott to his minor daughter, J.R.Y., pursuant to section 1(m) of the Adoption Act (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 40, par. 1501(m)). John Yelliott appeals.
J.R.Y. was taken from the custody of her mother because of alleged abuse and neglect, and in an order entered March 13, 1984, at a Dispositional hearing, was adjudicated neglected and made a ward of the court. Guardianship was placed with the Guardianship Administrator of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. On May 22, 1985, a "Petition to Terminate Parental Rights to John Yelliott" was filed stating:
"6. That the father of said minor is an unfit parent under Chapter 40, Section 1501, IRS (1983), and that his parental rights should be terminated for the reason that:
he has failed to make reasonable progress toward the return of the minor to his care, subparagraph (m), in that:
A) he has never had custody of the minor;
B) on 10 January 1985 he plead [ sic ] guilty (84 cf 247) to the felony offense of Residential Burglary, which he committed on 14 July 1984, being sentenced for that offense on 21 January 1985 to 6 1/2 years incarceration in the Illinois Department of Corrections;
C) he has failed to correct his alcoholism in that, having had two terms of treatment at the Chemical Dependency Unit of Brokaw Hospital (one in May of 1984, the second in July 1984), he continued to drink to a point of intoxication on an ...