(225 ILCS 340/27) (from Ch. 111, par. 6627)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 27. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 26 of this Act, the Secretary shall have the authority to appoint any attorney duly licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois to serve as the hearing officer in any action for discipline of a licensee. The Director shall notify the Board of any such appointment. The hearing officer has full authority to conduct the hearing. The Board has the right to have at least one member present at any hearing conducted by such hearing officer. The hearing officer shall report his findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations to the Board and the Secretary. The Board shall have 60 days from receipt of the report to review the report of the hearing officer and present their findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations to the Secretary. If the Board fails to present its report within the 60 day period, the Secretary shall issue an order based on the report of the hearing officer. If the Secretary disagrees in any regard with the report of the Board or hearing officer, he may issue an order in contravention thereof. The Secretary shall notify the Board on any such deviation.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)