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240 ILCS 40/1-15
(240 ILCS 40/1-15)
Powers and duties of Director.
The Director has all powers necessary and proper to
fully and effectively execute the provisions of this Code and has the
general duty to implement this Code. The Director's powers and
duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) The Director may, upon application, issue or refuse to
issue licenses under this Code, and the Director may extend, renew,
reinstate, suspend, revoke, or accept voluntary surrender of
licenses under this Code.
(2) The Director shall examine and inspect each licensee at
least once each calendar year.
The examination shall cover all aspects of the grain operations of the
but not necessarily limited to options trades and programs and farmer marketing
The Department shall perform one of 3 types of examinations of licensees.
(A) Basic Examination. The basic examination shall be
performed when the licensee's merchandising and trade practices involve minimal market risk, which might include those situations in which the licensee uses cash back-to-back contracts, traditional hedges with the Chicago Board of Trade, and price later contracts. The specific components and guidelines of the basic examination are to be as provided by rule, but shall at a minimum include verification of grain quality and quantity, reconciliation of records with grain transactions, computation of current ratios, and checking of posting procedures for accuracy.
(B) Intermediate Examination. The intermediate
examination shall be performed when the licensee's merchandising and trade practices involve an increased amount of risk, which might include those situations in which the licensee uses guaranteed minimum price contracts, purchases options, or writes options. This examination shall include all those things performed as part of the basic examination. In addition, the specific components and guidelines of the intermediate examination are to be as provided by rule, but shall at a minimum include verification of grain quality and quantity, reconciliation of records with grain transactions, and checking of posting procedures for accuracy.
(C) Advanced Examination. The advanced examination
shall be performed when the licensee's merchandising and grain trading practices involve the most risk, which might include those situations in which the licensee has discretionary trading authority from producers, uses premium offer type contracts, or has contracts with producers that cover multiple crop years. This examination shall include all those things performed as part of the basic examination and the intermediate examination. In addition, the specific components and guidelines of the advanced examination are to be provided by rule, but shall at a minimum include grain market risk evaluation and appropriate levels thereof for the licensee and adequacy of internal controls.
Using these guidelines, the Department shall determine the level of
examination to be applied to each licensee.
In addition, the Department may, in
its sole discretion, engage the services of accounting experts, grain risk
management experts, or both as part of any intermediate or advanced
examination. The Regulatory Fund may be used as a source of payment for the
services of accounting experts, grain risk management experts, or both.
The Director may inspect the
premises used by a licensee at any time. The books, accounts,
records, and papers of a licensee are at all times during
business hours subject to inspection by the Director. Each
licensee may also be required to make reports of its
activities, obligations, and transactions that are deemed necessary by
the Director to determine whether the interests of producers and
the holders of warehouse receipts are adequately protected and
safeguarded. The Director may take action or issue
orders that in the opinion of the Director are necessary to
prevent fraud upon or discrimination against producers or
depositors of grain by a licensee.
The sole and exclusive means of halting the warehouse and grain dealer
activities of a licensee, however, are set forth in Section 15-40 relating to
suspension and revocation of licenses.
(3) The Director may, upon his or her initiative or upon the
written verified complaint of any person setting forth facts that
if proved would constitute grounds for a refusal to issue or renew
a license or for a suspension or revocation of a license,
investigate the actions of any person applying for, holding, or
claiming to hold a license or any related party of that person.
(4) The Director (but not the Director's designee) may issue subpoenas and
bring before the Department any person and take
testimony either at an administrative hearing or by deposition with
witness fees and mileage fees and in the same manner as prescribed
in the Code of Civil Procedure. The Director or the Director's designee may
to witnesses at any proceeding that the Department is authorized
by law to conduct. The Director (but not the Director's designee) may issue
duces tecum to command the production of records
relating to a licensee, guarantor, related business, related
person, or related party. Subpoenas are subject to the rules of the
(5) Notwithstanding other judicial remedies,
the Director may file a complaint and apply for a temporary
restraining order or preliminary or permanent injunction
restraining or enjoining any person from violating or continuing to
violate this Code or its rules.
(6) The Director shall act as Trustee for the Trust Account,
act as Trustee over all collateral, guarantees, grain assets, and
equity assets held by the Department for the benefit of claimants,
and exercise certain powers and perform related duties under Section 20-5 of
this Code and Section 205-410 of the Department of Agriculture
Law (20 ILCS 205/205-410), except that the provisions of the Trust and
Trustees Act do not apply to the Trust Account or any other
trust created under this Code.
(7) The Director shall personally serve as president of the
(8) The Director shall collect and deposit all monetary
penalties, printer registration fees, funds, and assessments authorized under
this Code into the
(9) The Director may initiate any action necessary to pay
refunds from the Fund.
The Director may initiate refunds for errors of assessments that do not
$2,000 per licensee, lender, or grain seller without authorization by the
(10) The Director shall maintain a holding corporation to
receive, hold title to, and liquidate assets of or relating to a
failed licensee, including assets in reference to collateral or
guarantees, and deposit the proceeds into the Fund.
(11) The Director may initiate,
participate in, or withdraw from any proceedings to liquidate and
collect upon grain assets, equity assets, collateral, and guarantees
relating to a failed licensee, including, but not limited to, all
powers needed to carry out the provisions of Section 20-15.
(12) The Director, as Trustee or otherwise, may
take any action that may be reasonable or
appropriate to enforce this Code and its rules.
(Source: P.A. 92-16, eff.
6-28-01; 93-225, eff. 7-21-03.)