(225 ILCS 217/83)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
(a) The State Fire Marshal may adopt rules to permit the issuance of citations for certain violations of this Act or the rules adopted under this Act. The citation shall be issued to the licensee and shall contain the licensee's name and address, the licensee's license number, a brief factual statement, the Sections of the law or rules allegedly violated, and the penalty imposed. The citation must clearly state that the licensee may choose, in lieu of accepting the citation, to request a hearing on the date and at the place specified on the citation. The citation shall not provide a hearing date less than 30 days after the citation's issuance date. Any dispute filed by the licensee with the State Fire Marshal shall comply with the requirements for a written answer set forth in subsection (a) of Section 85 of this Act. If the licensee does not dispute the citation with the State Fire Marshal within 20 days after the citation is served, then the citation shall become a final order and shall constitute discipline. The penalty shall be a fine or other conditions as established by rule.
(b) The State Fire Marshal shall adopt rules designating violations for which a citation may be issued. Such rules shall identify citation violations for those violations for which there is, in the determination of the State Fire Marshal or his or her designee, no substantial threat to the public health, safety, or welfare. Citations shall not be utilized if, in the determination of the State Fire Marshal or his or her designee, significant consumer harm resulted from the violation.
(c) A citation must be issued within 6 months after the State Fire Marshal became first aware of the facts forming the basis for the citation.
(d) Service of a citation may be made by personal service or certified mail to the licensee at the licensee's address of record.
(Source: P.A. 97-979, eff. 8-17-12.)