(225 ILCS 330/29) (from Ch. 111, par. 3279)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 29. Investigations; notice and hearing. The Department may investigate the actions of any person or other entity holding, applying for or claiming to hold a license, or practicing or offering to practice land surveying. Before the initiation of an investigation, the matter shall be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Board according to procedures established by rule for the Complaint Committee. The Department shall, before refusing to issue, renew or restore, suspending or revoking any license or registration, or imposing any other disciplinary action, at least 30 days prior to the date set for the hearing, notify the person accused in writing of any charges made and shall direct the person or entity to file a written answer to the Board under oath within 20 days after the service of the notice and inform the person or entity that if the person or entity fails to file an answer default will be taken and that the license or certificate may be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or other disciplinary action may be taken, including limiting the scope, nature or extent of practice, as the Secretary may deem proper. This written notice may be served by personal delivery to the accused person or entity or certified mail to the last address specified by the accused person or entity in the last notification to the Department. In case the person or entity fails to file an answer after receiving notice, his or her license or certificate may, in the discretion of the Department, be suspended, revoked, or placed on probationary status, or the Department may take whatever disciplinary action deemed proper, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of the person's practice or the imposition of a fine, without a hearing, if the act or acts charged constitute sufficient grounds for such action under this Act. At the time and place fixed in the notice, the Board shall hear the charges and the accused person or entity shall be accorded ample opportunity to present any statements, testimony, evidence and argument as may be relevant to the charges or their defense. The Board may continue the hearing from time to time.
    The Department may from time to time employ individual land surveyors possessing the same minimum qualifications as required for Board candidates to assist with its investigative duties.
    Persons who assist the Department as consultants or expert witnesses in the investigation or prosecution of alleged violations of the Act, licensure matters, restoration proceedings, or criminal prosecutions, are not liable for damages in any civil action or proceeding as a result of their assistance, except upon proof of actual malice. The Attorney General shall defend these persons in any such action or proceeding.
(Source: P.A. 96-626, eff. 8-24-09.)