(a) If it appears to the Director that a person has committed or is about to commit a violation of this Act, a rule promulgated under this Act, or an order of the Director, the Director may apply to the circuit court for an order enjoining the person from violating or continuing to violate this Act, the rule, or order and for injunctive or other relief that the nature of the case may require and may, in addition, request the court to assess a civil penalty up to $1,000 along with costs and attorney fees.
     (b) If the Director finds, after an investigation that he considers appropriate, that a licensee or other person is engaged in practices contrary to this Act or to the rules promulgated under this Act, the Director may issue an order directing the licensee or person to cease and desist the violation. The Director may, in addition to or without the issuance of a cease and desist order, assess an administrative penalty up to $1,000 against a licensee for each violation of this Act or the rules promulgated under this Act. The issuance of an order under this Section shall not be a prerequisite to the taking of any action by the Director under this or any other Section of this Act. The Director shall serve notice of his action, including a statement of the reasons for his actions, either personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested. Service by mail shall be deemed completed if the notice is deposited in the post office, postage paid, addressed to the last known address for a license.

Terms Used In Illinois Compiled Statutes 205 ILCS 657/90

  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.

     (c) In the case of the issuance of a cease and desist order or assessment order, a hearing may be requested in writing within 30 days after the date of service. The hearing shall be held at the time and place designated by the Director in either the City of Springfield or the City of Chicago. The Director and any administrative law judge designated by him shall have the power to administer oaths and affirmations, subpoena witnesses and compel their attendance, take evidence, authorize the taking of depositions, and require the production of books, papers, correspondence, and other records or information that he considers relevant or material to the inquiry.
     (d) After the Director’s final determination under a hearing under this Section, a party to the proceedings whose interests are affected by the Director’s final determination shall be entitled to judicial review of that final determination under the Administrative Review Law.
     (e) The costs for administrative hearings shall be set by rule.
     (f) Except as otherwise provided in this Act, a violation of this Act shall subject the party violating it to a fine of $1,000 for each offense.
     (g) Each transaction in violation of this Act or the rules promulgated under this Act and each day that a violation continues shall be a separate offense.
     (h) A person who engages in conduct requiring a license under this Act and fails to obtain a license from the Director or knowingly makes a false statement, misrepresentation, or false certification in an application, financial statement, account record, report, or other document filed or required to be maintained or filed under this Act or who knowingly makes a false entry or omits a material entry in a document is guilty of a Class 3 felony.
     (i) The Director is authorized to compromise, settle, and collect civil penalties and administrative penalties, as set by rule, with any person for violations of this Act or of any rule or order issued or promulgated under this Act. Any person who, without the required license, engages in conduct requiring a license under this Act shall be liable to the Department in an amount equal to the greater of (i) $5,000 or (ii) an amount of money accepted for transmission plus an amount equal to 3 times the amount accepted for transmission. The Department shall cause any funds so recovered to be deposited in the TOMA Consumer Protection Fund.
     (j) The Director may enter into consent orders at any time with a person to resolve a matter arising under this Act. A consent order must be signed by the person to whom it is issued and must indicate agreement to the terms contained in it. A consent order need not constitute an admission by a person that this Act or a rule or order issued or promulgated under this Act has been violated, nor need it constitute a finding by the Director that the person has violated this Act or a rule or order promulgated under this Act.
     (k) Notwithstanding the issuance of a consent order, the Director may seek civil or criminal penalties or compromise civil penalties concerning matter encompassed by the consent order unless the consent order by its terms expressly precludes the Director from doing so.
     (l) Appeals from all final orders and judgments entered by the circuit court under this Section in review of a decision of the Director may be taken as in other civil actions by any party to the proceeding.