The Director has all powers necessary and proper to fully and effectively execute the provisions of this Code and has the general duty to implement this Code. The Director’s powers and duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
     (1) The Director may, upon application, issue or refuse to issue licenses under this Code, and the Director may extend, renew, reinstate, suspend, revoke, or accept voluntary surrender of licenses under this Code.

Terms Used In Illinois Compiled Statutes 240 ILCS 40/1-15

  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Guarantor: A party who agrees to be responsible for the payment of another party's debts should that party default. Source: OCC
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trust account: A general term that covers all types of accounts in a trust department, such as estates, guardianships, and agencies. Source: OCC
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.

     (2) The Director shall examine and inspect each licensee at least once each calendar year. The examination shall cover all aspects of the grain operations of the licensee, including but not necessarily limited to options trades and programs and farmer marketing programs.
     The Department shall perform one of 3 types of examinations of licensees.
        (A) Basic Examination. The basic examination shall be
    
performed when the licensee's merchandising and trade practices involve minimal market risk, which might include those situations in which the licensee uses cash back-to-back contracts, traditional hedges with the Chicago Board of Trade, and price later contracts. The specific components and guidelines of the basic examination are to be as provided by rule, but shall at a minimum include verification of grain quality and quantity, reconciliation of records with grain transactions, computation of current ratios, and checking of posting procedures for accuracy.
        (B) Intermediate Examination. The intermediate
    
examination shall be performed when the licensee's merchandising and trade practices involve an increased amount of risk, which might include those situations in which the licensee uses guaranteed minimum price contracts, purchases options, or writes options. This examination shall include all those things performed as part of the basic examination. In addition, the specific components and guidelines of the intermediate examination are to be as provided by rule, but shall at a minimum include verification of grain quality and quantity, reconciliation of records with grain transactions, and checking of posting procedures for accuracy.
        (C) Advanced Examination. The advanced examination
    
shall be performed when the licensee's merchandising and grain trading practices involve the most risk, which might include those situations in which the licensee has discretionary trading authority from producers, uses premium offer type contracts, or has contracts with producers that cover multiple crop years. This examination shall include all those things performed as part of the basic examination and the intermediate examination. In addition, the specific components and guidelines of the advanced examination are to be provided by rule, but shall at a minimum include grain market risk evaluation and appropriate levels thereof for the licensee and adequacy of internal controls.
    Using these guidelines, the Department shall determine the level of examination to be applied to each licensee. In addition, the Department may, in its sole discretion, engage the services of accounting experts, grain risk management experts, or both as part of any intermediate or advanced examination. The Regulatory Fund may be used as a source of payment for the services of accounting experts, grain risk management experts, or both.
     The Director may inspect the premises used by a licensee at any time. The books, accounts, records, and papers of a licensee are at all times during business hours subject to inspection by the Director. Each licensee may also be required to make reports of its activities, obligations, and transactions that are deemed necessary by the Director to determine whether the interests of producers and the holders of warehouse receipts are adequately protected and safeguarded. The Director may take action or issue orders that in the opinion of the Director are necessary to prevent fraud upon or discrimination against producers or depositors of grain by a licensee. The sole and exclusive means of halting the warehouse and grain dealer business activities of a licensee, however, are set forth in Section 15-40 relating to suspension and revocation of licenses.
     (3) The Director may, upon his or her initiative or upon the written verified complaint of any person setting forth facts that if proved would constitute grounds for a refusal to issue or renew a license or for a suspension or revocation of a license, investigate the actions of any person applying for, holding, or claiming to hold a license or any related party of that person.
     (4) The Director (but not the Director's designee) may issue subpoenas and bring before the Department any person and take testimony either at an administrative hearing or by deposition with witness fees and mileage fees and in the same manner as prescribed in the Code of Civil Procedure. The Director or the Director's designee may administer oaths to witnesses at any proceeding that the Department is authorized by law to conduct. The Director (but not the Director's designee) may issue subpoenas duces tecum to command the production of records relating to a licensee, guarantor, related business, related person, or related party. Subpoenas are subject to the rules of the Department.
     (5) Notwithstanding other judicial remedies, the Director may file a complaint and apply for a temporary restraining order or preliminary or permanent injunction restraining or enjoining any person from violating or continuing to violate this Code or its rules.
     (6) The Director shall act as Trustee for the Trust Account, act as Trustee over all collateral, guarantees, grain assets, and equity assets held by the Department for the benefit of claimants, and exercise certain powers and perform related duties under Section 20-5 of this Code and Section 205-410 of the Department of Agriculture Law (20 ILCS 205/205-410), except that the provisions of the Trust and Trustees Act do not apply to the Trust Account or any other trust created under this Code.
     (7) The Director shall personally serve as president of the Corporation.
     (8) The Director shall collect and deposit all monetary penalties, printer registration fees, funds, and assessments authorized under this Code into the Fund.
     (9) The Director may initiate any action necessary to pay refunds from the Fund. The Director may initiate refunds for errors of assessments that do not exceed $2,000 per licensee, lender, or grain seller without authorization by the Board.
     (10) The Director shall maintain a holding corporation to receive, hold title to, and liquidate assets of or relating to a failed licensee, including assets in reference to collateral or guarantees, and deposit the proceeds into the Fund.
     (11) The Director may initiate, participate in, or withdraw from any proceedings to liquidate and collect upon grain assets, equity assets, collateral, and guarantees relating to a failed licensee, including, but not limited to, all powers needed to carry out the provisions of Section 20-15.
     (12) The Director, as Trustee or otherwise, may take any action that may be reasonable or appropriate to enforce this Code and its rules.