(215 ILCS 145/0.1) (from Ch. 73, par. 1152.1)
Sec. 0.1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Property Fire Loss Act".
(Source: P.A. 81-682.)
(215 ILCS 145/1) (from Ch. 73, par. 1153)
Sec. 1. (a) The Fire Marshal, the director of the Department of Insurance or personnel from any other authorized fire department or law enforcement agency charged with the responsibility of investigating a fire loss or potential fire loss, may request any insurance company that has investigated or is investigating a fire loss or potential fire loss of real or personal property to release any factual information in its possession which is pertinent to this type of loss or potential loss and has some relationship to the loss or potential loss itself. The company shall release the information and cooperate with any official authorized to request such information pursuant to this Section. The information shall include, but is not limited to:
(1) any insurance policy relevant to a fire loss or
potential fire loss under investigation and any application for such a policy;
(2) policy premium payment records;
(3) history of previous claims made by the insured
for fire loss;
(4) material relating to the investigation of the
loss or potential loss, including statements of any person, proof of loss, and any other relevant evidence.
(b) If an insurance company has reason to believe that a fire loss to its insured's real or personal property was caused by other than accidental means, the company shall notify the Fire Marshal, the director of the Department of Insurance or any other appropriate law enforcement agency charged with the responsibility to investigate fire losses and furnish such persons with all relative material acquired during its investigation of the fire loss, cooperate with and take such reasonable action as may be requested by any law enforcement agency, and cooperate with the Court and administrative agencies of the State, and any official from the Fire Marshal's office, the office of the director of the Department of Insurance or any law enforcement agency charged with the responsibility to investigate the fire. Such insurance company may request officials and departmental and agency personnel receiving information on fire losses or potential fire losses to release information relative to any investigation it has made concerning any such fire loss or potential loss reported by such company. Subject to the provisions of subsection (a) of this Section and subparagraphs (i), (iii), (iv), (v), (vi), and (vii) of paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of Section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act, such insurance company shall have the right to receive, within a reasonable time, not to exceed 30 days after the receipt of such request, the relevant information requested.
(c) In the absence of malice, no insurance company, or person who furnishes information on its behalf, or authorized person, department or agency as defined in subsection (a) who releases information, is liable for damages in a civil action or subject to criminal prosecution for any oral or written statement made or any other action taken that is necessary to supply information required pursuant to this Section.
(d) The officials and departmental and agency personnel receiving any information furnished pursuant to this Section shall hold the information in confidence until such time as its release is required pursuant to this Section or a criminal or civil proceeding.
(e) Any official referred to in paragraph (a) of this Section may be required to testify as to any information in his possession regarding the fire loss of real or personal property in any civil action in which any person seeks recovery under a policy against an insurance company for the fire loss.
(f) As used in this Section, "insurance company" includes the Illinois Fair Plan Underwriting Association, and all district, county and township mutual insurance companies.
(g) (1) No person shall intentionally or knowingly refuse to release any information properly requested, pursuant to paragraph (a) of this Section.
(2) No person shall refuse to make the necessary notification of a fire loss pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section.
(3) No person shall refuse to supply to the proper authorities pertinent information required to be furnished pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section.
(4) No person shall fail to hold in confidence information required to be held in confidence by paragraph (d) of this Section.
(h) Whoever violates paragraph (g) (1), (2), (3) or (4) of this Section is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and is subject to a fine not to exceed $100. It shall not be considered a violation of this Section if an insurance company in good faith, believes it has done everything required of it by this Statute.
(i) A fire department or law enforcement agency that has investigated or is investigating a fire loss or potential fire loss of real or personal property may release to an insurer of such property any factual information, including statements, in its possession which is pertinent or related to the type of loss or potential loss.
(Source: P.A. 99-159, eff. 1-1-16.)