(225 ILCS 305/8) (from Ch. 111, par. 1308)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 8. Powers and duties of the Department.
    (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Department shall exercise the following functions, powers, and duties:
        (a) conduct examinations to ascertain the
    
qualifications and fitness of applicants for licensure as architects, and pass upon the qualifications and fitness of applicants for licensure by endorsement;
        (b) prescribe rules for a method of examination of
    
candidates;
        (c) prescribe rules defining what constitutes a
    
school, college or university, or department of a university, or other institution, reputable and in good standing, to determine whether or not a school, college or university, or department of a university, or other institution is reputable and in good standing by reference to compliance with such rules, and to terminate the approval of such school, college or university or department of a university or other institution that refuses admittance to applicants solely on the basis of race, color, creed, sex or national origin. The Department may adopt, as its own rules relating to education requirements, those guidelines published from time to time by the National Architectural Accrediting Board;
        (d) prescribe rules for diversified professional
    
training;
        (e) conduct oral interviews, disciplinary conferences
    
and formal evidentiary hearings on proceedings to impose fines or to suspend, revoke, place on probationary status, reprimand, and refuse to issue or restore any license issued under the provisions of this Act for the reasons set forth in Section 22 of this Act;
        (f) issue licenses to those who meet the requirements
    
of this Act;
        (g) formulate and publish rules necessary or
    
appropriate to carrying out the provisions of this Act;
        (h) maintain membership in the National Council of
    
Architectural Registration Boards and participate in activities of the Council by designation of individuals for the various classifications of membership and the appointment of delegates for attendance at regional and national meetings of the Council. All costs associated with membership and attendance of such delegates to any national meetings may be funded from the Design Professionals Administration and Investigation Fund; and
        (i) review such applicant qualifications to sit for
    
the examination or for licensure that the Board designates pursuant to Section 10 of this Act.
    (2) Upon the issuance of any final decision or order that deviates from any report or recommendation of the Board relating to the qualification of applicants, discipline of licensees or registrants, or promulgation of rules, the Secretary shall notify the Board with an explanation of the deviation and provide a reasonable time for the Board to submit comments to the Secretary regarding the final decision or order. The Department may at any time seek the expert advice and knowledge of the Board on any matter relating to the enforcement of this Act.
    (3) The Department may in its discretion, but shall not be required to, employ or utilize the legal services of outside counsel and the investigative services of outside personnel to assist the Department. However, no attorney employed or used by the Department shall prosecute a matter or provide legal services to the Department or Board with respect to the same matter.
(Source: P.A. 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)