2016 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 765 - PROPERTY
765 ILCS 86/ - Land Sales Registration Act of 1999.
Article 15 - Disciplinary Provisions



(765 ILCS 86/Art. 15 heading)

Article 15. Disciplinary Provisions


(765 ILCS 86/15-5)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-5. Disciplinary action; civil penalty.
(a) The Department may refuse to issue or renew, or may revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action as the Department may deem appropriate, including imposing fines not to exceed $25,000 for each violation, with regard to any registration for any one or combination of the following:
(1) Violations of this Act, or of the rules

promulgated under this Act.

(2) (Blank).
(3) A registrant's making any misrepresentation for

the purpose of obtaining an exemption or certificate of registration.

(4) Disciplinary action against a registrant by

another U.S. jurisdiction, state agency, or foreign nation regarding the making of land sales regulated by this Act, if at least one of the grounds for the discipline is the same as or substantially equivalent to one of those set forth in this Act.

(5) A finding by the Department that the registrant,

after having his or her registration placed on probationary status, has violated the terms of probation.

(6) A registrant's practicing or attempting to

practice under a name other than the name as shown on his or her registration or any other legally authorized name.

(7) (Blank).
(8) A registrant's engaging in dishonorable,

unethical, or unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.

(9) A registrant's aiding or abetting another person

or persons in disregarding or violating any provision of this Act or of the rules adopted by the Department to enforce this Act.

(10) Any representation in any document or

information filed with the Department which is false or misleading.

(11) A registrant's disseminating or causing to be

disseminated any false or misleading promotional materials or advertisements in connection with a registered subdivision.

(12) A registrant's concealing, diverting, or

disposing of any funds or assets of any person in a manner that impairs the rights of purchasers of lots within a registered subdivision.

(13) A registrant's failure to perform any

stipulation or agreement made to induce the Department to issue an order relating to the registered subdivision.

(14) A registrant's engaging in any act that

constitutes a violation of Section 3-102, 3-103, 3-104, or 3-105 of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

(15) A registrant's failure to provide information

requested in writing by the Department, within 30 days of the request.

(16) A registrant's failure to account for or remit

any escrow funds coming into his or her possession which belonged to others.

(17) A registrant's failure to make available to

Department personnel during normal business hours all escrow records and related documents maintained in connection therewith, within 24 hours of a request from Department personnel.

(18) A registrant's failure to comply with any

provision of this Act or the rules implementing this Act, or any order made by the Department.

(19) A person's offering for sale, as an agent,

salesman, or broker for a subdivider, developer, or owner, subdivided lands or a subdivision, wherever situated, without first complying with this Act.

(20) A registrant's failure to provide to the

purchaser a translation of the Illinois Public Property Report or any contract, lien, or note as required by this Act.

(21) A registrant's advertising for sale in this

State any parcel in a subdivision, or in any other manner assisting an owner, subdivider, or developer of a subdivision who has not complied with this Act to offer subdivided land within this State.

(22) A registrant's making any material change in the

plan of disposition and development of the subdivision or subdivided lands subsequent to receiving a certificate of registration, without obtaining written approval of an amendment to the registration.

(23) A registrant's encumbering a lot or parcel, or

allowing a lot or parcel to be encumbered, after a contract for its sale has been signed by the parties to the contract.

(b) (Blank).
(c) Violation of tax Acts. The Department may refuse to issue or renew or may suspend the registration of any person who fails to file a return, pay the tax, penalty, or interest shown in a filed return, or pay any final assessment of tax, penalty, or interest, as required by any tax Act administered by the Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of that tax Act are satisfied in accordance with subsection (g) of Section 2105-15 of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-7)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-7. Civil penalties.
(a) In addition to any other penalty provided by law, any person who violates this Act shall forfeit and pay a civil penalty to the Department in an amount not to exceed $25,000 for each violation as determined by the Department. The civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
(b) The Department has the authority and power to investigate any and all unregistered activity.
(c) The civil penalty shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the civil penalty. The order shall constitute a judgment and may be filed and execution had thereon in the same manner as any judgment from any court of record.
(d) All moneys collected under this Section shall be deposited into the Real Estate License Administration Fund.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-10)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-10. Investigation. The Department may investigate the actions or qualifications of any person or persons holding or claiming to hold a certificate of registration under this Act. Such a person is referred to as "the respondent" in this Article.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-15)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-15. Disciplinary hearings; record; appointment of administrative law judge.
(a) The Department has the authority to conduct hearings before an administrative law judge on proceedings to revoke, suspend, or refuse to issue or renew a certificate of registration issued under this Act, or to place on probation or administrative supervision or reprimand a registrant registered under this Act, or to impose a civil penalty not to exceed $25,000 upon any registrant registered under this Act.
(b) The Department, at its expense, shall preserve a record of all proceedings at the formal hearing of any case involving the refusal to issue or the revocation or suspension of a certificate of registration issued under this Act or involving other discipline of a registrant registered under this Act. The notice of hearing, complaint, and all other documents in the nature of pleadings and written motions filed in the proceedings, the transcript of testimony, the report of the administrative law judge, and the orders of the Department shall be the record of proceeding. At all hearings the Department and the respondent shall be entitled to have a court reporter in attendance for purposes of transcribing the proceeding or prehearing conference.
(c) The Secretary has the authority to appoint any attorney duly licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois to serve as an administrative law judge in any action for refusal to issue or renew a certificate of registration or to discipline a registrant or person holding a certificate of registration. The administrative law judge has full authority to conduct the hearing. The administrative law judge shall report his or her findings and recommendations to the Secretary. If the Secretary disagrees with the recommendation of the administrative law judge, the Secretary may issue an order in contravention of the recommendation.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-20)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-20. Investigations; notice and hearing. The Department may investigate the actions of any applicant or of any person or persons rendering or offering to render land sales services or any person holding or claiming to hold a certificate of registration as a registered land sales developer or subdivision. The Department shall, before revoking, suspending, placing on probation, reprimanding, or taking any other disciplinary action under Section 80 of this Act, at least 30 days before the date set for the hearing: (i) notify the accused in writing of the charges made and the time and place for the hearing on the charges, (ii) direct him or her to file a written answer to the charges with the Department under oath within 20 days after the service on him or her of the notice, and (iii) inform the accused that, if he or she fails to answer, default will be taken against him or her or that his or her registration may be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or other disciplinary action taken with regard to the registration, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of his or her practice, as the Department may consider proper. At the time and place fixed in the notice, the Department shall proceed to hear the charges and the parties or their counsel shall be accorded ample opportunity to present any pertinent statements, testimony, evidence, and arguments. The Department may continue the hearing from time to time. In case the person, after receiving the notice, fails to file an answer, his or her registration may, in the discretion of the Department, be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or the Department may take whatever disciplinary action considered proper, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of the person's practice or the imposition of a fine, without a hearing, if the act or acts charged constitute sufficient grounds for that action under this Act. The written notice may be served by personal delivery or by certified mail to the address specified by the accused in his or her last notification with the Department.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-25)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-25. Subpoenas; attendance of witnesses; oaths.
(a) The Department has the power to issue subpoenas ad testificandum and to bring before it any persons, and to take testimony either orally or by deposition, or both, with the same fees and mileage and in the same manner as prescribed in civil cases in the courts of this State. The Department has the power to issue subpoenas duces tecum and to bring before it any documents, papers, files, books, and records, with the same costs and in the same manner as prescribed in civil cases in the courts of this State.
(b) Upon application of the Department or its designee or of the applicant, registrant, or person holding a certificate of registration against whom proceedings under this Act are pending, any circuit court may enter an order compelling the enforcement of any subpoena issued by the Department in connection with any hearing or investigation.
(c) The Secretary and the designated administrative law judge have power to administer oaths to witnesses at any hearing that the Department is authorized to conduct under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-30)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-30. Administrative law judge's findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations. At the conclusion of the hearing, the administrative law judge shall present to the Secretary a written report of the administrative law judge's findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations regarding discipline or a civil penalty. The report shall contain a finding of whether or not the respondent violated this Act or failed to comply with the conditions required in this Act. The administrative law judge shall specify the nature of the violation or failure to comply. If the Secretary disagrees in any regard with the report of the administrative law judge, the Secretary may issue an order in contravention of the report.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-35)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-35. Rehearing. After any hearing involving disciplinary action against a registrant, a copy of the administrative law judge's report shall be served on the respondent by the Department, either personally or as provided in this Act for the service of the notice of hearing. Within 20 calendar days after the service, the respondent may present to the Department a motion in writing for a rehearing. The motion shall specify the particular grounds for rehearing. If the respondent orders a transcript of the record from the reporting service and pays for it within the time for filing a motion for rehearing, the 20 calendar day period within which a motion for rehearing may be filed shall commence upon the delivery of the transcript to the respondent.
If no motion for rehearing is filed, then upon the expiration of the time specified for filing a motion, or if a motion for rehearing is denied, then upon denial, the Secretary may enter an order in accordance with the recommendations of the administrative law judge, except as otherwise provided in this Article. Whenever the Secretary is not satisfied that substantial justice has been done in the hearing or in the administrative law judge's report, the Secretary may order a rehearing by the same or some other duly qualified administrative law judge.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-40)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-40. Disciplinary consent orders. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Act concerning the conduct of hearings and recommendations for disciplinary actions, the Department has the authority to negotiate agreements with registrants and applicants resulting in disciplinary or non-disciplinary consent orders. Any such consent order may provide for any form of discipline provided for in the Act. Any such consent order shall provide that it is not entered into as a result of any coercion by the Department. The consent order shall be final upon signature of the Secretary.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-45)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-45. Order or certified copy. An order or a certified copy of an order, over the seal of the Department and purporting to be signed by the Secretary, shall be prima facie proof of the following:
(1) That the signature is the genuine signature of

the Secretary.

(2) That the Secretary is duly appointed and

qualified.

(3) That the administrative law judge is duly

appointed and qualified.

(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-50)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-50. Restoration of certificate of registration. Upon petition, after the successful completion of the term of the suspension or revocation of any certificate of registration, the Department may restore the certificate of registration to the respondent upon the written recommendation of the administrative law judge, unless after an investigation and a hearing the administrative law judge determines that restoration is not in the public interest.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-55)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-55. Surrender of certificate of registration. Upon the revocation or suspension of a certificate of registration, the registrant shall immediately surrender the certificate of registration to the Department. If the registrant fails to do so, the Department has the right to seize the certificate of registration.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-60)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-60. Administrative Review Law; transcripts; certifications of record; costs. All final administrative decisions of the Department under this Act are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law and the rules implementing that Law. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure. Proceedings for judicial review shall be commenced in the circuit court of the county in which the party applying for review resides, but if the party is not a resident of this State, the venue shall be in Cook or Sangamon County.
Pending the court's final decision on administrative review, the acts, orders, sanctions, and rulings of the Department regarding any registration shall remain in full force and effect unless modified or suspended by court order pending a final judicial decision.
The Department, at its own expense, shall preserve a record of all proceedings at the formal hearing of a case involving the refusal to issue or renew a registration. The notice of hearing, complaint, and all other documents in the nature of pleadings and written motions filed in the proceedings, the transcript of testimony, the report, and orders of the Department shall be in the record of the proceeding.
The Department shall not be required to certify any record to the court or file any answer in court or otherwise appear in any court in a judicial review proceeding unless there is filed in the court a receipt from the Department acknowledging payment of the costs of furnishing and certifying the record, which shall be computed at the rate of 20 cents per page of the record. Failure on the part of a plaintiff to file a receipt in court shall be grounds for dismissal of the action.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-65)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-65. Public interest, safety, or welfare; summary suspension. The Secretary may temporarily suspend any registration pursuant to this Act, without hearing, simultaneously with the institution of proceedings for a hearing provided for in this Section, if the Secretary finds that the evidence indicates that imminent danger exists to the public interest, safety, or welfare. If the Secretary temporarily suspends any registration without a hearing, a hearing must be held within 30 calendar days after the suspension. The person whose registration is suspended may seek a continuance of the hearing, during which the suspension shall remain in effect. The proceeding shall be concluded without appreciable delay.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-70)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-70. Non-registered practice; civil penalty; injunction.
(a) Any person who practices, offers to practice, attempts to practice, or holds himself or herself out to practice as a registrant under this Act without being registered under this Act shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil penalty to the Department in an amount not to exceed $25,000 for each offense as determined by the Department. The civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department after a hearing is held in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Act regarding the provision of a hearing for the discipline of a registration.
(b) Whenever, in the opinion of the Department, a person violates any provision of this Act, the Department may issue a rule to show cause why an order to cease and desist should not be entered against that person. The rule shall clearly set forth the grounds relied upon by the Department and shall allow at least 7 days after the date of the rule to file an answer satisfactory to the Department. Failure to answer to the satisfaction of the Department shall cause an order to cease and desist to be issued.
(c) A civil penalty imposed under subsection (a) shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the civil penalty. The order shall constitute a judgment and may be filed and execution had thereon in the same manner as any judgment from any court of record.
(d) Engaging in the sale of land located outside the State of Illinois but offered for sale in Illinois by any entity not holding a valid and current registration under this Act is declared to be inimical to the public welfare, to constitute a public nuisance, and to cause irreparable harm to the public welfare. The Secretary, the Attorney General, the State's Attorney of any county in the State, or any person may maintain an action in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, and may apply for injunctive relief in any circuit court to enjoin the entity from engaging in the conduct prohibited under this subsection. Upon the filing of a verified petition in the court, the court, if satisfied by affidavit or otherwise that the entity has been engaged in that conduct without a valid and current registration, may enter a temporary restraining order without notice or bond, enjoining the defendant from such further conduct. Only the showing of nonregistration, by affidavit or otherwise, is necessary in order for a temporary injunction to issue. A copy of the verified complaint shall be served upon the defendant and the proceedings shall thereafter be conducted as in other civil cases except as modified by this Section. If it is established that the defendant has been or is engaged in such unlawful conduct, the court may enter an order or judgment perpetually enjoining the defendant from further unlawful conduct. In all proceedings hereunder, the court, in its discretion, may apportion the costs among the parties interested in the action, including cost of filing the complaint, service of process, witness fees and expenses, court reporter charges and reasonable attorneys' fees. In the case of a violation of any injunctive order entered under the provisions of this Section, the court may summarily try and punish the offender for contempt of court. Proceedings for an injunction under this Section shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, all penalties and other remedies provided in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-75)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-75. Cease and desist orders. The Department may issue a cease and desist order to any person who engages in any activity prohibited by this Act. Any person in violation of a cease and desist order entered by the Department is subject to all of the remedies provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 96-855, eff. 12-31-09.)


(765 ILCS 86/15-80)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Sec. 15-80. Statute of limitations. Any action or proceeding to enforce any provision of this Act must be commenced within 3 years following the date on which the claim upon which the action or proceeding is based accrues.
(Source: P.A. 91-338, eff. 12-30-99.)


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