(225 ILCS 315/18.1)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Grounds for Discipline.
(a) The Department may refuse to issue or to renew, or may revoke, suspend, place
on probation, reprimand, or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action as deemed appropriate including the impositions of fines not to exceed $10,000 for
each violation, as the Department may deem proper with regard to any license for any one or combination of the
(1) Material misstatement in furnishing information
to the Department or to any other State agency.
(2) Negligent or intentional disregard of this Act,
or violation of any rules under this Act.
(3) Conviction of or plea of guilty or nolo
contendere to any crime under the laws of the United States or any state or territory thereof that is a felony, or that is a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or of any crime that is directly related to the practice of the profession.
(4) Making any misrepresentation for the purpose of
obtaining a license, or violating any provision of this Act or its rules.
(5) Professional incompetence or gross negligence in
the rendering of landscape architectural services.
(6) Aiding or assisting another person in violating
any provision of this Act or any rules.
(7) Failing to provide information within 60 days in
response to a written request made by the Department.
(8) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public and violating the rules of professional conduct adopted by the Department.
(9) Habitual or excessive use or addiction to
alcohol, narcotics, stimulants, or any other chemical agent or drug that results in an inability to practice with reasonable skill, judgment, or safety.
(10) Discipline by another jurisdiction, if at least
one of the grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth in this Section.
(11) Directly or indirectly giving to or receiving
from any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association any fee, commission, rebate, or other form of compensation for any professional service not actually rendered.
(12) A finding by the Board that the licensee, after
having the license placed on probationary status, has violated the terms of probation.
(12.5) A finding by the Board that the licensee has
failed to pay a fine imposed by the Department.
(13) Abandonment of a client.
(14) Willfully filing false reports relating to a
licensee's practice, including but not limited to, false records filed with federal or State agencies or departments.
(15) Being named as a perpetrator in an indicated
report by the Department of Children and Family Services under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, and upon proof by clear and convincing evidence that the licensee has caused a child to be an abused child or neglected child as defined in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
(16) Physical or mental disability, including
deterioration through the aging process or loss of abilities and skills that results in the inability to practice the profession with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety.
(17) Solicitation of professional services by using
false or misleading advertising.
(18) Failure to file a return, or to pay the tax,
penalty, or interest shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty, or interest, as required by any tax Act administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue or any successor agency or the Internal Revenue Service or any successor agency.
(b) Any fines imposed under this Section shall not exceed $10,000 for each
(c) The determination by a court that a licensee is subject to involuntary
admission or judicial admission as provided in the Mental Health and
Developmental Disabilities Code will result in an automatic suspension of his
or her license. The suspension will end upon a finding by a court that the
licensee is no longer subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission,
the issuance of an order so finding and discharging the patient, and the
recommendation of the Board to the Secretary that the licensee be allowed to
resume professional practice.
(d) In enforcing this Section, the Board, upon a showing of a possible
violation, may compel a person licensed under this Act or who has
applied for licensure pursuant to this Act to submit to a
mental or physical examination, or both, as required by and at the expense of
the Department. The examining physicians shall be those specifically
designated by the Board. The Board or the Department may order the examining
physician to present testimony concerning this mental or physical examination
of the licensee or applicant. No information shall be excluded by reason of
any common law or statutory privilege relating to communications between the licensee
or applicant and the examining physician. The person to be
have, at his or her own expense, another physician of his or her choice present
during all aspects of the examination. Failure of any person to submit to a
mental or physical examination when directed shall be grounds for suspension
of a license until the person submits to the examination if the Board
after notice and hearing, that the refusal to submit to the examination was
without reasonable cause.
If the Board finds a person unable to practice because of the reasons set
forth in this Section, the Board may require that person to submit to care,
counseling, or treatment by physicians approved or designated by the Board as
a condition, term, or restriction for continued, reinstated, or renewed licensure; or, in lieu of care, counseling, or treatment, the Board
may recommend that the Department file a complaint to immediately suspend,
revoke, or otherwise discipline the license of the person. Any person
was granted, continued, reinstated, renewed, disciplined, or
subject to such terms, conditions, or restrictions and who fails to comply
with such terms, conditions, or restrictions shall be referred to the Secretary
for a determination as to whether the person shall have his or her license
suspended immediately, pending a hearing by the Board.
(Source: P.A. 96-730, eff. 8-25-09.)