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PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 305/) Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989.

225 ILCS 305/1

    (225 ILCS 305/1) (from Ch. 111, par. 1301)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)

225 ILCS 305/2

    (225 ILCS 305/2) (from Ch. 111, par. 1302)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 2. Declaration of public policy. The practice of architecture in the State of Illinois is hereby declared to affect the public health, safety and welfare and to be subject to regulation and control in the public interest. It is further declared to be a matter of public interest and concern that the practice of architecture, as defined in this Act, merit and receive the confidence of the public, and that only qualified persons be authorized to practice architecture in the State of Illinois. This Act shall be liberally construed to best carry out these subjects and purposes.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)

225 ILCS 305/3

    (225 ILCS 305/3) (from Ch. 111, par. 1303)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 3. Application of Act. Nothing in this Act shall be deemed or construed to prevent the practice of structural engineering as defined in the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989, the practice of professional engineering as defined in the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989, or the preparation of documents used to prescribe work to be done inside buildings for non-loadbearing interior construction, furnishings, fixtures and equipment, or the offering or preparation of environmental analysis, feasibility studies, programming or construction management services by persons other than those licensed in accordance with this Act, the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989 or the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989.
    Nothing contained in this Act shall prevent the draftsmen, students, project representatives and other employees of those lawfully practicing as architects under the provisions of this Act, from acting under the responsible control of their employers, or to prevent the employment of project representatives for enlargement or alteration of buildings or any parts thereof, or prevent such project representatives from acting under the responsible control of the architect by whom the construction documents including drawings and specifications of any such building, enlargement or alteration were prepared.
    Nothing in this Act or any other Act shall prevent an architect from practicing interior design services. Nothing in this Act shall be construed as requiring the services of an interior designer for the interior designing of a single family residence.
    The involvement of an architect is not required for the following:
        (A) The building, remodeling or repairing of any
    
building or other structure outside of the corporate limits of any city or village, where such building or structure is to be, or is used for farm purposes, or for the purposes of outbuildings or auxiliary buildings in connection with such farm premises.
        (B) The construction, remodeling or repairing of a
    
detached single family residence on a single lot.
        (C) The construction, remodeling or repairing of a
    
two-family residence of wood frame construction on a single lot, not more than two stories and basement in height.
        (D) Interior design services for buildings which do
    
not involve life safety or structural changes.
    However, when an ordinance of a unit of local government requires the involvement of an architect for any buildings included in the preceding paragraphs (A) through (D), the requirements of this Act shall apply. All buildings not included in the preceding paragraphs (A) through (D), including multi-family buildings and buildings previously exempt from the involvement of an architect under those paragraphs but subsequently non-exempt due to a change in occupancy or use, are subject to the requirements of this Act. Interior alterations which result in life safety or structural changes of the building are subject to the requirements of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)

225 ILCS 305/4

    (225 ILCS 305/4) (from Ch. 111, par. 1304)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 4. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address, and such changes must be made either through the Department's website or by directly contacting the Department.
    "Architect, Retired" means a person who has been duly licensed as an architect by the Department and who chooses to place on inactive status or not renew his or her license pursuant to Section 17.5 of this Act.
    "Architectural intern" means an unlicensed person who has completed the education requirements, is actively participating in the diversified professional training, and maintains in good standing a training record as required for licensure by this Act and may use the title "architectural intern", but may not independently engage in the practice of architecture.
    "Board" means the Illinois Architecture Licensing Board appointed by the Secretary.
    "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    "Design build" and "design build entity" means the project delivery process defined in 68 Ill. Adm. Code 1150.85, and any amendments or changes thereto.
    "Public health" as related to the practice of architecture means the state of the well-being of the body or mind of the building user.
    "Public safety" as related to the practice of architecture means the state of being reasonably free from risk of danger, damage, or injury.
    "Public welfare" as related to the practice of architecture means the well-being of the building user resulting from the state of a physical environment that accommodates human activity.
    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/4.5

    (225 ILCS 305/4.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 4.5. References to Department or Director of Professional Regulation. References in this Act (i) to the Department of Professional Regulation are deemed, in appropriate contexts, to be references to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and (ii) to the Director of Professional Regulation are deemed, in appropriate contexts, to be references to the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/5

    (225 ILCS 305/5) (from Ch. 111, par. 1305)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 5. Architect defined; Acts constituting practice.
    (a) An architect is a person who is qualified by education, training, experience, and examination, and who is licensed under the laws of this State, to practice architecture.
    (b) The practice of architecture within the meaning and intent of this Act includes the offering or furnishing of professional services, such as consultation, environmental analysis, feasibility studies, programming, planning, aesthetic and structural design, technical submissions consisting of drawings and specifications and other documents required in the construction process, administration of construction contracts, project representation, and construction management, in connection with the construction of any private or public building, building structure, building project, or addition to or alteration or restoration thereof.
    (c) In the offering or furnishing of professional services set forth in subsection (b) of this Section, a licensee shall adhere to the standards of professional conduct enumerated in 68 Ill. Adm. Code 1150.90, and any amendments or changes thereto.
    (d) Nothing contained in this Section imposes upon a person licensed under this Act the responsibility for the performance of any of the services set forth in subsection (b) of this Section unless such person specifically contracts to provide such services.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/6

    (225 ILCS 305/6) (from Ch. 111, par. 1306)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 6. Technical submissions. All technical submissions intended for use in construction in the State of Illinois shall be prepared and administered in accordance with standards of reasonable professional skill and diligence. Care shall be taken to reflect the requirements of State statutes and, where applicable, county and municipal building ordinances in such submissions. In recognition that architects are licensed for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare, submissions shall be of such quality and scope, and be so administered, as to conform to professional standards.
    Technical submissions are the designs, drawings and specifications which establish the scope of the architecture to be constructed, the standard of quality for materials, workmanship, equipment, and construction systems, and the studies and other technical reports and calculations prepared in the course of the practice of architecture.
    No officer, board, commission, or other public entity who receives technical submissions shall accept for filing or approval any technical submissions relating to services requiring the involvement of an architect that do not bear the seal and signature of an architect licensed under this Act.
    It is unlawful to affix one's seal to technical submissions if it masks the true identity of the person who actually exercised responsible control of the preparation of such work. An architect who seals and signs technical submissions is not responsible for damage caused by subsequent changes to or uses of those technical submissions where the subsequent changes or uses, including changes or uses made by State or local governmental agencies, are not authorized or approved in writing by the architect who originally sealed and signed the technical submissions.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/7

    (225 ILCS 305/7) (from Ch. 111, par. 1307)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 7. Exempt from Structural Engineers' Act. Any person licensed to practice architecture in this State under this Act is exempt from the provisions of any and all Acts in force in this State regulating the practice of structural engineering.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)

225 ILCS 305/8

    (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.)

225 ILCS 305/9

    (225 ILCS 305/9) (from Ch. 111, par. 1309)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 9. Creation of the Board. The Director shall appoint an Architecture Licensing Board which will consist of 6 members. Five members shall be architects, one of whom shall be a tenured member of the architectural faculty of an Illinois public university accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The other 4 shall be architects, residing in this State, who have been engaged in the practice of architecture at least 10 years. In addition to the 5 architects, there shall be one public member. The public member shall be a voting member and shall not hold a license as an architect, professional engineer, structural engineer or land surveyor.
    Board members shall serve 5 year terms and until their successors are appointed and qualified. In making the designation of persons to the Board, the Director shall give due consideration to recommendations by members and organizations of the profession.
    The membership of the Board should reasonably reflect representation from the geographic areas in this State.
    No member shall be reappointed to the Board for a term which would cause his or her continuous service on the Board to be longer than 10 successive years.
    Appointments to fill vacancies shall be made in the same manner as original appointments, for the unexpired portion of the vacated term.
    Four members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. A quorum is required for Board decisions.
    The Director may remove any member of the Board for misconduct, incompetence, neglect of duty, or for reasons prescribed by law for removal of State officials.
    The Director may remove a member of the Board who does not attend 2 consecutive meetings.
    Notice of proposed rulemaking shall be transmitted to the Board and the Department shall review the response of the Board and any recommendations made therein. The Department may, at any time, seek the expert advice and knowledge of the Board on any matter relating to the administration or enforcement of this Act.
    Members of the Board are immune from suit in any action based upon any disciplinary proceedings or other activities performed in good faith as members of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)

225 ILCS 305/10

    (225 ILCS 305/10) (from Ch. 111, par. 1310)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 10. Powers and duties of the Board.
    (a) The Board shall hold at least 3 regular meetings each year.
    (b) The Board shall annually elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson who shall be architects.
    (c) The Board, upon request by the Department, may make a curriculum evaluation to determine if courses conform to the requirements of approved architectural programs.
    (d) The Board shall assist the Department in conducting oral interviews, disciplinary conferences and formal evidentiary hearings.
    (e) 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.
    (f) The Board may appoint a subcommittee to serve as a Complaint Committee to recommend the disposition of case files according to procedures established by rule in 68 Ill. Adm. Code 1150.95, and any amendments or changes thereto.
    (g) The Board shall review applicant qualifications to sit for the examination or for licensure and shall make recommendations to the Department except for those applicant qualifications that the Board designates as routinely acceptable. The Department shall review the Board's recommendations on applicant qualifications. The Secretary shall notify the Board with an explanation of any deviation from the Board's recommendation on applicant qualifications. After review of the Secretary's explanation of his or her reasons for deviation, the Board shall have the opportunity to comment upon the Secretary's decision.
    (h) The Board may submit comments to the Secretary within a reasonable time from notification of any final decision or order from the Secretary that deviates from any report or recommendation of the Board relating to the qualifications of applicants, unlicensed practice, discipline of licensees or registrants, or promulgation of rules.
    (i) The Board may recommend that the Department contract with an individual or a corporation or other business entity to assist in the providing of investigative, legal, prosecutorial, and other services necessary to perform its duties pursuant to subsection (3) of Section 8 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)

225 ILCS 305/11

    (225 ILCS 305/11) (from Ch. 111, par. 1311)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-993)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 11. Application for original license. Applications for original licensure shall be made to the Department in writing on forms prescribed by the Department and shall be accompanied by the required fee, which is not refundable. Any such application shall require information as in the judgment of the Department will enable the Department to pass on the qualifications of the applicant to practice architecture. The Department may require an applicant, at the applicant's expense, to have an evaluation of the applicant's education in a foreign country by an evaluation service approved by the Board in accordance with rules prescribed by the Department.
    An applicant who has graduated from an architectural program outside the United States or its territories and whose first language is not English shall submit certification of passage of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a test of spoken English as defined by rule.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-993)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 11. Application for original license. Applications for original licensure shall be made to the Department in writing on forms prescribed by the Department and shall be accompanied by the required fee, which is not refundable. Any such application shall require information as in the judgment of the Department will enable the Department to pass on the qualifications of the applicant to practice architecture. The Department may require an applicant, at the applicant's expense, to have an evaluation of the applicant's education in a foreign country by an evaluation service approved by the Board in accordance with rules prescribed by the Department.
    An applicant who has graduated from an architectural program outside the United States or its territories and whose first language is not English shall submit certification of passage of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a test of spoken English as defined by rule. However, any such applicant who subsequently earns an advanced degree from an accredited educational institution in the United States or its territories shall not be subject to this requirement.
(Source: P.A. 98-993, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 305/11.5

    (225 ILCS 305/11.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 11.5. Social Security Number on license application. In addition to any other information required to be contained in the application, every application for an original license under this Act shall include the applicant's Social Security Number, which shall be retained in the agency's records pertaining to the license. As soon as practical, the Department shall assign a customer's identification number to each applicant for a license.
    Every application for a renewal or restored license shall require the applicant's customer identification number.
(Source: P.A. 97-400, eff. 1-1-12.)

225 ILCS 305/12

    (225 ILCS 305/12) (from Ch. 111, par. 1312)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 12. Examinations; subjects; failure or refusal to take examination. The Department shall authorize examination of applicants as architects at such times and places as it may determine. The examination shall be in English and shall be written or written and graphic. It shall include at a minimum the following subjects:
        (a) pre-design (environmental analysis, architectural
    
programming, and application of principles of project management and coordination);
        (b) site planning (site analysis, design and
    
development, parking, and application of zoning requirements);
        (c) building planning (conceptual planning of
    
functional and space relationships, building design, interior space layout, barrier-free design, and the application of the life safety code requirements and principles of energy efficient design);
        (d) building technology (application of structural
    
systems, building components, and mechanical and electrical systems);
        (e) general structures (identification, resolution,
    
and incorporation of structural systems and the long span design on the technical aspects of the design of buildings and the process and construction);
        (f) lateral forces (identification and resolution of
    
the effects of lateral forces on the technical aspects of the design of buildings and the process of construction);
        (g) mechanical and electrical systems (as applied to
    
the design of buildings, including plumbing and acoustical systems);
        (h) materials and methods (as related to the design
    
of buildings and the technical aspects of construction); and
        (i) construction documents and services (conduct of
    
architectural practice as it relates to construction documents, bidding, and construction administration and contractual documents from beginning to end of a building project).
    It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with this Act and its rules.
    Examination subject matter headings and bases on which examinations are graded shall be indicated in rules pertaining to this Act. The Department may adopt the examinations and grading procedures of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Content of any particular examination shall not be considered public record under the Freedom of Information Act.
    If an applicant neglects without an approved excuse or refuses to take the next available examination offered for licensure under this Act, the fee paid by the applicant shall be forfeited. If an applicant fails to pass an examination for licensure under this Act within 3 years after filing an application, the application shall be denied. The applicant may, however, make a new application for examination accompanied by the required fee and must furnish proof of meeting the qualifications for examination in effect at the time of the new application.
    An applicant shall have 5 years from the passage of the first examination to successfully complete all examinations required by rule of the Department.
    The Department may by rule prescribe additional subjects for examination.
    An applicant has one year from the date of notification of successful completion of all the examination and experience requirements to apply to the Department for a license. If an applicant fails to apply within one year, the applicant shall be required to again take and pass the examination, unless the Department, upon recommendation of the Board, determines that there is sufficient cause for the delay that is not due to the fault of the applicant.
(Source: P.A. 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)

225 ILCS 305/13

    (225 ILCS 305/13) (from Ch. 111, par. 1313)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 13. Qualifications of applicants. Any person who is of good moral character may apply for licensure if he or she is a graduate with a first professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, has completed the examination requirements set forth under Section 12 of this Act, and has completed such diversified professional training, including academic training, as is required by rules of the Department. Until January 1, 2016, in lieu of the requirement of graduation with a first professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, the Department may admit an applicant who is a graduate with a pre-professional 4 year baccalaureate degree accepted for direct entry into a first professional master of architecture degree program, and who has completed such additional diversified professional training, including academic training, as is required by rules of the Department. The Department may adopt, as its own rules relating to diversified professional training, those guidelines published from time to time by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
    Good moral character means such character as will enable a person to discharge the fiduciary duties of an architect to that person's client and to the public in a manner which protects health, safety and welfare. Evidence of inability to discharge such duties may include the commission of an offense justifying discipline under Section 22. In addition, the Department may take into consideration whether the applicant has engaged in conduct or actions that would constitute grounds for discipline under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-288, eff. 8-9-13.)

225 ILCS 305/14

    (225 ILCS 305/14) (from Ch. 111, par. 1314)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 14. Display of license; seal. Every holder of a license as an architect shall display it in a conspicuous place in the principal office of the architect.
    Every architect shall have a reproducible seal, or facsimile, the print of which shall contain the name of the architect, the license number, and the words "Licensed Architect, State of Illinois". The architect shall affix the signature, current date, date of license expiration and seal to the first sheet of any bound set or loose sheets of technical submissions utilized as contract documents between the parties to the contract or prepared for the review and approval of any governmental or public authority having jurisdiction by that architect or under that architect's responsible control. The sheet of technical submissions in which the seal is affixed shall indicate those documents or parts thereof for which the seal shall apply. The seal and dates may be electronically affixed. The licensee may provide, at his or her sole discretion, an original signature in the licensee's handwriting, a scanned copy of the document bearing an original signature, or a signature generated by a computer. All technical submissions issued by any corporation, partnership, professional service corporation, or professional design firm as registered under this Act shall contain the corporate or assumed business name and design firm registration number, in addition to any other seal requirements as set forth in this Section.
    "Responsible control" means that amount of control over and detailed professional knowledge of the content of technical submissions during their preparation as is ordinarily exercised by architects applying the required professional standard of care. Merely reviewing or reviewing and correcting the technical submissions or any portion thereof prepared by those not in the regular employment of the office where the architect is resident without control over the content of such work throughout its preparation does not constitute responsible control.
    An architect licensed under the laws of this jurisdiction shall not sign and seal technical submissions that were not prepared by or under the responsible control of the architect except that:
        (1) the architect may sign and seal those portions of
    
the technical submissions that were prepared by or under the responsible control of persons who hold a license under this Act, and who shall have signed and sealed the documents, if the architect has reviewed in whole or in part such portions and has either coordinated their preparation or integrated them into his or her work;
        (2) the architect may sign and seal portions of the
    
professional work that are not required by this Act to be prepared by or under the responsible control of an architect if the architect has reviewed and adopted in whole or in part such portions and has integrated them into his or her work; and
        (3) a partner or corporate officer of a professional
    
design firm registered in Illinois who is licensed under the architecture licensing laws of this State, and who has professional knowledge of the content of the technical submissions and intends to be responsible for the adequacy of the technical submissions, may sign and seal technical submissions that are prepared by or under the responsible control of architects who are licensed in this State and who are in the regular employment of the professional design firm.
    The architect exercising responsible control under which the documents or portions of the documents were prepared shall be identified on the documents or portions of the documents by name and Illinois license number.
    Any architect who signs and seals technical submissions not prepared by that architect but prepared under the architect's responsible control by persons not regularly employed in the office where the architect is resident shall maintain and make available to the board upon request for at least 5 years following such signing and sealing, adequate and complete records demonstrating the nature and extent of the architect's control over and detailed professional knowledge of such technical submissions throughout their preparation.
(Source: P.A. 98-289, eff. 1-1-14; 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)

225 ILCS 305/15

    (225 ILCS 305/15)
    Sec. 15. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-702. Repealed by P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/16

    (225 ILCS 305/16) (from Ch. 111, par. 1316)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 16. Licenses; renewal; restoration; architects in military service. The expiration date and renewal period for each license issued under this Act shall be set by rule. The holder of a license may renew such license during the month preceding the expiration date thereof by paying the required fee. An architect who has permitted his license to expire or who has had his license on inactive status may have his license restored by making application to the Department and filing proof acceptable to the Department of his fitness to have his license restored, including sworn evidence certifying to active practice in another jurisdiction satisfactory to the Department, and by paying the required restoration fee.
    If the person has not maintained an active practice in another jurisdiction satisfactory to the Department, the Board shall determine, by an evaluation program established by rule, that person's fitness to resume active status and may require that person to successfully complete an examination.
    Any person whose license has been expired for more than 3 years may have his license restored by making application to the Department and filing proof acceptable to the Department of his fitness to have his license restored, including sworn evidence certifying to active practice in another jurisdiction, and by paying the required restoration fee.
    However, any person whose license has expired while he has been engaged (1) in federal service on active duty with the Army of the United States, the United States Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, the Coast Guard, or the State Militia called into the service or training of the United States of America, or (2) in training or education under the supervision of the United States preliminary to induction into the military service, may have his license restored or reinstated without paying any lapsed renewal fees or restoration fee if within 2 years after termination of such service, training or education other than by dishonorable discharge he furnishes the Department with an affidavit to the effect that he has been so engaged and that his service, training or education has been so terminated.
(Source: P.A. 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)

225 ILCS 305/16.5

    (225 ILCS 305/16.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 16.5. Continuing education. The Department may promulgate rules of continuing education for persons licensed under this Act. The Department shall consider the recommendations of the Board in establishing the guidelines for the continuing education requirements. The requirements of this Section apply to any person seeking renewal or restoration under Section 16 or 17 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-133, eff. 1-1-00.)

225 ILCS 305/17

    (225 ILCS 305/17) (from Ch. 111, par. 1317)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 17. Inactive status; restoration. Any architect, who notifies the Department in writing on forms prescribed by the Department, may elect to place his or her license on an inactive status and shall, subject to rules of the Department, be excused from payment of renewal fees until he or she notifies the Department in writing of his or her desire to resume active status.
    Any architect requesting restoration from inactive status shall be required to pay the current renewal fee and shall have his or her license restored as provided in Section 16 of this Act.
    Any architect whose license is in an inactive status shall not practice architecture in the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)

225 ILCS 305/17.5

    (225 ILCS 305/17.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 17.5. Architect, Retired. Pursuant to Section 2105-15 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the Department may grant the title "Architect, Retired" to any person who has been duly licensed as an architect by the Department and who has chosen to place on inactive status or not renew his or her license. Those persons granted the title "Architect, Retired" may request restoration to active status under the applicable provisions of this Act.
    The use of the title "Architect, Retired" shall not constitute representation of current licensure. Any person without an active license shall not be permitted to practice architecture as defined in this Act.
    Nothing in this Section shall be construed to require the Department to issue any certificate, credential, or other official document indicating that a person has been granted the title "Architect, Retired".
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/18

    (225 ILCS 305/18) (from Ch. 111, par. 1318)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 18. Endorsement. The Department may, in its discretion, license as an architect, without examination on payment of the required fee, an applicant who is an architect licensed under the laws of another state or territory, if the requirements for licensure in the state or territory in which the applicant was licensed were, at the date of his licensure, substantially equivalent to the requirements in force in this State on that date.
    Applicants have 3 years from the date of application to complete the application process. If the process has not been completed within the 3 years, the application shall be denied, the fee forfeited and the applicant must reapply and meet the requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)

225 ILCS 305/19

    (225 ILCS 305/19) (from Ch. 111, par. 1319)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 19. Fees.
    (a) The Department shall provide by rule for a schedule of fees to be paid for licenses by all applicants. All fees are not refundable.
    (b) The fees for the administration and enforcement of this Act, including but not limited to original licensure, renewal, and restoration, shall be set by rule by the Department.
    All of the fees and fines collected pursuant to this Section shall be deposited in the Design Professionals Administration and Investigation Fund. Of the moneys deposited into the Design Professionals Administration and Investigation Fund, the Department may use such funds as necessary and available to produce and distribute newsletters to persons licensed under this Act.
    Any person who delivers a check or other payment to the Department that is returned to the Department unpaid by the financial institution upon which it is drawn shall pay to the Department, in addition to the amount already owed to the Department, a fine of $50. The fines imposed by this Section are in addition to any other discipline provided under this Act for unlicensed practice or practice on a nonrenewed license. The Department shall notify the person that payment of fees and fines shall be paid to the Department by certified check or money order within 30 calendar days of the notification. If, after the expiration of 30 days from the date of the notification, the person has failed to submit the necessary remittance, the Department shall automatically terminate the license or certificate or deny the application, without hearing. If, after termination or denial, the person seeks a license or certificate, he or she shall apply to the Department for restoration or issuance of the license or certificate and pay all fees and fines due to the Department. The Department may establish a fee for the processing of an application for restoration of a license or certificate to pay all expenses of processing this application. The Director may waive the fines due under this Section in individual cases where the Director finds that the fines would be unreasonable or unnecessarily burdensome.
(Source: P.A. 91-133, eff. 1-1-00; 92-146, eff. 1-1-02.)

225 ILCS 305/20

    (225 ILCS 305/20) (from Ch. 111, par. 1320)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 20. Roster of licensees and registrants. A roster showing the names and addresses of all architects, architectural corporations and partnerships and professional design firms licensed or registered under this Act shall be prepared by the Department each year. This roster shall be organized by discipline and available by discipline upon written request and payment of the required fee.
(Source: P.A. 94-543, eff. 8-10-05.)

225 ILCS 305/21

    (225 ILCS 305/21) (from Ch. 111, par. 1321)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 21. Professional design firm registration; conditions.
    (a) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit the formation, under the provisions of the Professional Service Corporation Act, of a corporation to offer the practice of architecture.
    Any business, including a Professional Service Corporation, that includes the practice of architecture within its stated purposes, practices architecture, or holds itself out as available to practice architecture shall register with the Department under this Section. Any professional service corporation, sole proprietorship, or professional design firm offering architectural services must have a resident architect in responsible charge of the architectural practices in each location in which architectural services are provided who shall be designated as a managing agent.
    Any sole proprietorship not owned and operated by an Illinois licensed design professional licensed under this Act is prohibited from offering architectural services to the public. "Illinois licensed design professional" means a person who holds an active license as an architect under this Act, as a structural engineer under the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989, as a professional engineer under the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989, or as a professional land surveyor under the Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989. Any sole proprietorship owned and operated by an architect with an active license issued under this Act and conducting or transacting such business under an assumed name in accordance with the provisions of the Assumed Business Name Act shall comply with the registration requirements of a professional design firm. Any sole proprietorship owned and operated by an architect with an active license issued under this Act and conducting or transacting such business under the real name of the sole proprietor is exempt from the registration requirements of a professional design firm.
    (b) Any corporation, including a Professional Service Corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or professional design firm seeking to be registered under this Section shall not be registered unless:
        (1) two-thirds of the board of directors, in the case
    
of a corporation, or two-thirds of the general partners, in the case of a partnership, or two-thirds of the members, in the case of a limited liability company, are licensed under the laws of any State to practice architecture, professional engineering, land surveying, or structural engineering; and
        (2) a managing agent is (A) a director in the case of
    
a corporation, a general partner in the case of a partnership, or a member in the case of a limited liability company, and (B) holds a license under this Act.
    Any corporation, limited liability company, professional service corporation, or partnership qualifying under this Section and practicing in this State shall file with the Department any information concerning its officers, directors, members, managers, partners or beneficial owners as the Department may, by rule, require.
    (c) No business shall offer the practice or hold itself out as available to offer the practice of architecture until it is registered with the Department as a professional design firm. Every entity registered as a professional design firm shall display its certificate of registration or a facsimile thereof in a conspicuous place in each office offering architectural services.
    (d) Any business seeking to be registered under this Section shall make application on a form provided by the Department and shall provide any information requested by the Department, which shall include but shall not be limited to all of the following:
        (1) The name and architect's license number of at
    
least one person designated as a managing agent. In the case of a corporation, the corporation shall also submit a certified copy of the resolution by the board of directors designating at least one managing agent. If a limited liability company, the company shall submit a certified copy of either its articles of organization or operating agreement designating at least one managing agent.
        (2) The names and architect's, professional
    
engineer's, structural engineer's, or land surveyor's license numbers of the directors, in the case of a corporation, the members, in the case of a limited liability company, or general partners, in the case of a partnership.
        (3) A list of all locations at which the professional
    
design firm provides architectural services.
        (4) A list of all assumed names of the business.
    
Nothing in this Section shall be construed to exempt a business from compliance with the requirements of the Assumed Business Name Act.
    It is the responsibility of the professional design firm to provide the Department notice, in writing, of any changes in the information requested on the application.
    (e) In the event a managing agent is terminated or terminates his or her status as managing agent of the professional design firm, the managing agent and professional design firm shall notify the Department of this fact in writing, by certified mail, within 10 business days of termination.
    Thereafter, the professional design firm, if it has so informed the Department, has 30 days in which to notify the Department of the name and architect's license number of the architect who is the newly designated managing agent. If a corporation, the corporation shall also submit a certified copy of a resolution by the board of directors designating the new managing agent. If a limited liability company, the company shall also submit a certified copy of either its articles of organization or operating agreement designating the new managing agent. The Department may, upon good cause shown, extend the original 30 day period.
    If the professional design firm has not notified the Department in writing, by certified mail within the specified time, the registration shall be terminated without prior hearing. Notification of termination shall be sent by certified mail to the address of record. If the professional design firm continues to operate and offer architectural services after the termination, the Department may seek prosecution under Sections 22, 36, and 36a of this Act for the unlicensed practice of architecture.
    (f) No professional design firm shall be relieved of responsibility for the conduct or acts of its agents, employees, or officers by reason of its compliance with this Section, nor shall any individual practicing architecture be relieved of the responsibility for professional services performed by reason of the individual's employment or relationship with a professional design firm registered under this Section.
    (g) Disciplinary action against a professional design firm registered under this Section shall be administered in the same manner and on the same grounds as disciplinary action against a licensed architect. All disciplinary action taken or pending against a corporation or partnership before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993 shall be continued or remain in effect without the Department filing separate actions.
(Source: P.A. 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)

225 ILCS 305/22

    (225 ILCS 305/22) (from Ch. 111, par. 1322)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 22. Refusal, suspension and revocation of licenses; causes.
    (a) The Department may, singularly or in combination, refuse to issue, renew or restore, or may suspend, revoke, place on probation, or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action as deemed appropriate, including, but not limited to, the imposition of fines not to exceed $10,000 for each violation, as the Department may deem proper, with regard to a license for any one or combination of the following causes:
        (1) material misstatement in furnishing information
    
to the Department;
        (2) negligence, incompetence or misconduct in the
    
practice of architecture;
        (3) failure to comply with any of the provisions of
    
this Act or any of the rules;
        (4) making any misrepresentation for the purpose of
    
obtaining licensure;
        (5) purposefully making false statements or signing
    
false statements, certificates or affidavits to induce payment;
        (6) conviction of or plea of guilty or nolo
    
contendere to any crime that is a felony under the laws of the United States or any state or territory thereof or that is a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or any crime that is directly related to the practice of the profession of architecture;
        (7) aiding or assisting another person in violating
    
any provision of this Act or its rules;
        (8) signing, affixing the architect's seal or
    
permitting the architect's seal to be affixed to any technical submission not prepared by the architect or under that architect's responsible control;
        (9) engaging in dishonorable, unethical or
    
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public;
        (10) habitual or excessive use or addiction to
    
alcohol, narcotics, stimulants, or any other chemical agent or drug that results in the inability to practice with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety;
        (11) making a statement of compliance pursuant to the
    
Environmental Barriers Act that technical submissions prepared by the architect or prepared under the architect's responsible control for construction or alteration of an occupancy required to be in compliance with the Environmental Barriers Act are in compliance with the Environmental Barriers Act when such technical submissions are not in compliance;
        (12) a finding by the Board that an applicant or
    
registrant has failed to pay a fine imposed by the Department or a registrant, whose license has been placed on probationary status, has violated the terms of probation;
        (13) discipline by another state, territory, foreign
    
country, the District of Columbia, the United States government, or any other governmental agency, if at least one of the grounds for discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth herein;
        (14) failure to provide information in response to a
    
written request made by the Department within 30 days after the receipt of such written request;
        (15) physical illness, including, but not limited to,
    
deterioration through the aging process or loss of motor skill, mental illness, or disability which results in the inability to practice the profession with reasonable judgment, skill, and safety, including without limitation deterioration through the aging process, mental illness, or disability.
    (a-5) In enforcing this Section, the Department or Board, upon a showing of a possible violation, may order a licensee or applicant to submit to a mental or physical examination, or both, at the expense of the Department. The Department or Board may order the examining physician to present testimony concerning his or her 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 examining physicians shall be specifically designated by the Board or Department. The licensee or applicant may have, at his or her own expense, another physician of his or her choice present during all aspects of the examination. Failure of a licensee or applicant to submit to any such examination when directed, without reasonable cause as defined by rule, shall be grounds for either the immediate suspension of his or her license or immediate denial of his or her application.
    If the Secretary immediately suspends the license of a licensee for his or her failure to submit to a mental or physical examination when directed, a hearing must be convened by the Department within 15 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable delay.
    If the Secretary otherwise suspends a license pursuant to the results of the licensee's mental or physical examination, a hearing must be convened by the Department within 15 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable delay. The Department and Board shall have the authority to review the licensee's record of treatment and counseling regarding the relevant impairment or impairments to the extent permitted by applicable federal statutes and regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of medical records.
    Any licensee suspended under this subsection (a-5) shall be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate to the Department or Board that he or she can resume practice in compliance with the acceptable and prevailing standards under the provisions of his or her license.
    (b) The determination by a circuit court that a licensee is subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission, as provided in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, operates as an automatic suspension. Such suspension will end only upon a finding by a court that the patient 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 practice.
    (c) The Department shall deny a license or renewal authorized by this Act to a person who has defaulted on an educational loan or scholarship provided or guaranteed by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission or any governmental agency of this State in accordance with subdivision (a)(5) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
    (d) In cases where the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (formerly the Department of Public Aid) has previously determined that a licensee or a potential licensee is more than 30 days delinquent in the payment of child support and has subsequently certified the delinquency to the Department, the Department shall refuse to issue or renew or shall revoke or suspend that person's license or shall take other disciplinary action against that person based solely upon the certification of delinquency made by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services in accordance with subdivision (a)(5) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
    (e) The Department shall deny a license or renewal authorized by this Act to a person who has failed to file a return, 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 Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of the tax Act are satisfied in accordance with subsection (g) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
    (f) 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, shall not be liable for damages in any civil action or proceeding as a result of such assistance, except upon proof of actual malice. The attorney general shall defend such persons in any such action or proceeding.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

225 ILCS 305/23

    (225 ILCS 305/23) (from Ch. 111, par. 1323)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 23. Violations; injunction; cease and desist order.
    (a) If any person or entity violates a provision of this Act, the Director may, in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, through the Attorney General of the State of Illinois, petition for an order enjoining such violation or for an order enforcing compliance with this Act. Upon the filing of a verified petition in such court, the court may issue a temporary restraining order, without notice or bond, and may preliminarily and permanently enjoin such violation. If it is established that such person or entity has violated or is violating the injunction, the Court may punish the offender for contempt of court. Proceedings under this Section are in addition to, and not in lieu of, all other remedies and penalties provided by this Act.
    (b) If any person or entity practices as an architect or holds himself out as an architect or professional design firm without being licensed or registered under the provisions of this Act, then any architect, any interested party or any person injured thereby may, in addition to the Director, petition for relief as provided in subsection (a) of this Section.
    (c) Whenever in the opinion of the Department any person or entity violates any provision of this Act, the Department may issue a rule to show cause why an order to cease and desist should not be entered against him. The rule shall clearly set forth the grounds relied upon by the Department and shall provide a period of 7 days from the date of the rule to file an answer to the satisfaction of the Department. Failure to answer to the satisfaction of the Department shall cause an order to cease and desist to be issued immediately.
(Source: P.A. 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)

225 ILCS 305/23.5

    (225 ILCS 305/23.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 23.5. Unlicensed practice; violation; civil penalty.
    (a) Any person who practices, offers to practice, attempts to practice, or holds oneself out to practice as an architect without being licensed under this Act shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil penalty to the Department in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for each offense as determined by the Department. The civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department after a hearing is held in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Act regarding the provision of a hearing for the discipline of a licensee.
    (a-5) Any entity that advertises architecture services in a telecommunications directory must include its architecture firm registration number or, in the case of a sole proprietor, his or her individual license number. Nothing in this subsection (a-5) requires the publisher of a telecommunications directory to investigate or verify the accuracy of the registration or license number provided by the advertiser of architecture services.
    (b) The Department has the authority and power to investigate any and all unlicensed activity.
    (c) The civil penalty shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the civil penalty. The order shall constitute a judgment and may be filed and execution had thereon in the same manner as any judgment from any court of record.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/24

    (225 ILCS 305/24) (from Ch. 111, par. 1324)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 24. Investigations; notice and hearing. The Department may investigate the actions of any applicant or of any person or entity holding or claiming to hold a license or registration. 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 restore, issue or renew a license or registration, or discipline a licensee or registrant, at least 30 days prior to the date set for the hearing, notify in writing the applicant for, or holder of, a license or registrant of the nature of the charges and that a hearing will be held on the date designated, and direct the applicant or entity or licensee or registrant to file a written answer to the Board under oath within 20 days after the service of the notice and inform the applicant or entity or licensee or registrant that failure to file an answer will result in default being taken against the applicant or entity or licensee or registrant 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 Director may deem proper. Written notice may be served by personal delivery or certified or registered mail to the respondent at the address of record with 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 proceed to hear the charges and the parties or their counsel shall be accorded ample opportunity to present such statements, testimony, evidence and argument as may be pertinent to the charges or to their defense. The Board may continue the hearing from time to time.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/25

    (225 ILCS 305/25) (from Ch. 111, par. 1325)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 25. Stenographer; transcript. The Department, at its expense, shall preserve a record of all proceedings at the formal hearing of any case involving the refusal to restore, issue or renew a license, or the discipline of a licensee. The notice of hearing, complaint and all other documents in the nature of pleadings and written motions filed in the proceedings, the transcript of testimony, the report of the Board and the orders of the Department shall be the record of the proceedings. A transcript of the record may be made available to any person interested in the hearing upon payment of the fee required by Section 2105-115 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law (20 ILCS 2105/2105-115).
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/26

    (225 ILCS 305/26) (from Ch. 111, par. 1326)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 26. Subpoenas; depositions; oaths. The Department has power to subpoena documents, books, records, or other materials and to bring before it any person and to take testimony, either orally or by deposition, or take written interrogatories, or any combination thereof, with the same fees and mileage and in the same manner as is prescribed in civil cases in the courts of this State.
    The Secretary, the designated hearing officer, and every member of the Board has the power to administer oaths to witnesses at any hearing that the Department is authorized to conduct and any other oaths authorized in any Act administered by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/27

    (225 ILCS 305/27) (from Ch. 111, par. 1327)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 27. Procedure to compel attendance of witnesses. Any circuit court, upon the application of the accused person or complainant or of the Department, may, by order duly entered, require the attendance of witnesses and the production of relevant books and papers before the Department in any hearing relative to the application for or refusal, recall, suspension or revocation of a license, or the discipline of a licensee, and the court may compel obedience to its order by proceedings for contempt.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)

225 ILCS 305/28

    (225 ILCS 305/28) (from Ch. 111, par. 1328)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 28. Report of Board; Rehearing. After the hearing, the Board shall present to the Director its written report of its findings and recommendations. A copy of such report shall be served upon the accused person, either personally or by registered or certified mail as provided in this Act for the service of the notice. Within 20 days after such service, the accused person may present to the Department his motion in writing for a rehearing which shall specify the particular grounds for rehearing. If the accused person orders and pays for a transcript of the record as provided in this Section, the time elapsing before such transcript is ready for delivery to him shall not be counted as part of such 20 days.
    Whenever the Director is not satisfied that substantial justice has been done, he may order a rehearing by the same or another special board. At the expiration of the time specified for filing a motion for a rehearing the Director has the right to take the action recommended by the Board.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)

225 ILCS 305/29

    (225 ILCS 305/29) (from Ch. 111, par. 1329)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 29. Hearing officer. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 28 of this Act, the Director has 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 under Section 24. 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 Director. The Board has 60 days from receipt of the report to review the report of the hearing officer and present its 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 may 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, and shall specify with particularity the reasons for such action in the final order.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/30

    (225 ILCS 305/30) (from Ch. 111, par. 1330)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 30. Order to be prima facie proof. An order of revocation or suspension or a certified copy thereof, over the seal of the Department and purporting to be signed by the Director, shall be prima facie proof that:
        (a) the signature is the genuine signature of the
    
Director;
        (b) the Director is duly appointed and qualified; and
        (c) the Board and the members thereof are qualified
    
to act.
Such proof may be rebutted.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

225 ILCS 305/31

    (225 ILCS 305/31) (from Ch. 111, par. 1331)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 31. Restoration of suspended or revoked license. At any time after the successful completion of a term of suspension or revocation of a license, the Department may restore it to the licensee, upon the written recommendation of the Board, unless after an investigation and a hearing the Board determines that restoration is not in the public interest.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/32

    (225 ILCS 305/32) (from Ch. 111, par. 1332)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 32. Surrender of license. Upon the revocation or suspension of any license, the licensee shall immediately surrender the license or licenses to the Department and if the licensee fails to do so, the Department has the right to seize the license.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)

225 ILCS 305/33

    (225 ILCS 305/33) (from Ch. 111, par. 1333)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 33. Temporary suspension of a license. The Director may temporarily suspend the license of an architect without a hearing, simultaneously with the institution of proceedings for a hearing provided for in Section 24 of this Act, if the Director finds that evidence in his possession indicates that an architect's continuation in practice would constitute an imminent danger to the public. In the event that the Director temporarily suspends the license of an architect without a hearing, a hearing by the Board must be held within 30 days after such suspension has occurred.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)

225 ILCS 305/34

    (225 ILCS 305/34) (from Ch. 111, par. 1334)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 34. Review under Administrative Review Law; Venue. All final administrative decisions of the Department hereunder are subject to judicial review pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law, as now or hereafter amended, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    Such proceedings for judicial review shall be commenced in the circuit court of the county in which the party applying for review resides, but if such party is not a resident of this State, the venue shall be in Sangamon County.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)

225 ILCS 305/35

    (225 ILCS 305/35) (from Ch. 111, par. 1335)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 35. The Department shall not be required to certify any record to the court or file any answer in court or otherwise appear in any court in a judicial review proceeding, unless there is filed in the court with the complaint a receipt from the Department acknowledging payment of the costs of furnishing and certifying the record. Failure on the part of the plaintiff to file such receipt in court shall be grounds for dismissal of the action.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)

225 ILCS 305/36

    (225 ILCS 305/36) (from Ch. 111, par. 1336)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 36. Violations. Each of the following Acts constitutes a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense:
        (a) the practice, attempt to practice or offer to
    
practice architecture, or the advertising or putting out of any sign or card or other device which might indicate to the public that the person is entitled to practice architecture, without a license as an architect, or registration as a professional design firm issued by the Department. Each day of practicing architecture or attempting to practice architecture, and each instance of offering to practice architecture, without a license as an architect or registration as a professional design firm constitutes a separate offense;
        (b) the making of any wilfully false oath or
    
affirmation in any matter or proceeding where an oath or affirmation is required by this Act;
        (c) the affixing of an architect's seal to any
    
technical submissions which have not been prepared by that architect or under the architect's responsible control;
        (d) the violation of any provision of this Act or its
    
rules;
        (e) using or attempting to use an expired, inactive,
    
suspended, or revoked license, or the certificate or seal of another, or impersonating another licensee;
        (f) obtaining or attempting to obtain a license or
    
registration by fraud; or
        (g) If any person, sole proprietorship, professional
    
service corporation, limited liability company, corporation or partnership, or other entity practices architecture or advertises or displays any sign or card or other device that might indicate to the public that the person or entity is entitled to practice as an architect or use the title "architect" or any of its derivations unless the person or other entity holds an active license as an architect or registration as a professional design firm in the State; then, in addition to any other penalty provided by law any person or other entity who violates this subsection (g) shall forfeit and pay to the Design Professionals Administration and Investigation Fund a civil penalty in an amount determined by the Department of not more than $10,000 for each offense.
    An unlicensed person who has completed the education requirements, is actively participating in the diversified professional training, and maintains in good standing a training record as required for licensure by this Act may use the title "architectural intern", but may not independently engage in the practice of architecture.
(Source: P.A. 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)

225 ILCS 305/37

    (225 ILCS 305/37) (from Ch. 111, par. 1337)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 37. Administrative Procedure Act; application. The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is hereby expressly adopted and incorporated herein as if all of the provisions of that Act were included in this Act, except that the provision of subsection (d) of Section 10-65 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act that provides that at hearings the licensee has the right to show compliance with all lawful requirements for retention, continuation or renewal of the license is specifically excluded. For the purposes of this Act the notice required under Section 10-25 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is deemed sufficient when mailed to the last known address of a party.
(Source: P.A. 88-45.)

225 ILCS 305/37.5

    (225 ILCS 305/37.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 37.5. Confidentiality. All information collected by the Department in the course of an examination or investigation of a licensee or applicant, including, but not limited to, any complaint against a licensee filed with the Department and information collected to investigate any such complaint, shall be maintained for the confidential use of the Department and shall not be disclosed. The Department may not disclose the information to anyone other than law enforcement officials, other regulatory agencies that have an appropriate regulatory interest as determined by the Secretary, or a party presenting a lawful subpoena to the Department. Information and documents disclosed to a federal, State, county, or local law enforcement agency shall not be disclosed by the agency for any purpose to any other agency or person. A formal complaint filed against a licensee by the Department or any order issued by the Department against a licensee or applicant shall be a public record, except as otherwise prohibited by law.
(Source: P.A. 98-976, eff. 8-15-14.)

225 ILCS 305/38

    (225 ILCS 305/38) (from Ch. 111, par. 1338)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 38. Fund; appropriations; investments; audits. Moneys deposited in the Design Professionals Administration and Investigation Fund shall be appropriated to the Department exclusively for expenses of the Department and the Board in the administration of this Act, the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989, the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989, and the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989. The expenses of the Department under this Act shall be limited to the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Design Professionals Dedicated Employees within the Department as established under Section 2105-75 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law (20 ILCS 2105/2105-75) and other expenses related to the administration and enforcement of this Act.
    Moneys from the Fund may also be used for direct and allocable indirect costs related to the public purposes of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Moneys in the Fund may be transferred to the Professions Indirect Cost Fund as authorized by Section 2105-300 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law (20 ILCS 2105/2105-300).
    All fines and penalties under Sections 22 and 36 shall be deposited in the Design Professionals Administration and Investigation Fund.
    Moneys in the Design Professionals Administration and Investigation Fund may be invested and reinvested, with all earnings received from the investments to be deposited in the Design Professionals Administration and Investigation Fund and used for the same purposes as fees deposited in the Fund.
    Upon the completion of any audit of the Department as prescribed by the Illinois State Auditing Act that includes an audit of the Design Professionals Administration and Investigation Fund, the Department shall make the audit open to inspection by any interested person. The copy of the audit report required to be submitted to the Department by this Section is an addition to copies of audit reports required to be submitted to other State officers and agencies by Section 3-14 of the Illinois State Auditing Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)

225 ILCS 305/39

    (225 ILCS 305/39) (from Ch. 111, par. 1339)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 39. Public policy. It is declared to be the public policy of this State, pursuant to paragraph (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, that any power or function set forth in this Act to be exercised by the State is an exclusive State power or function. Such power or function shall not be exercised concurrently, either directly or indirectly, by any unit of local government, including home rule units, except as otherwise provided in this Act. This is a limitation of home rule powers.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)

225 ILCS 305/40

    (225 ILCS 305/40) (from Ch. 111, par. 1340)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 40. Reinstatement of existing licenses; Rules in force. All licenses and certificates of registration in effect on December 31, 1989 and issued pursuant to the "Illinois Architecture Act", approved June 24, 1919, as amended, are reinstated for the balance of the term for which last issued. All rules in effect on December 31, 1989 and promulgated pursuant to the "Illinois Architecture Act", approved June 24, 1919, as amended, shall remain in full force and effect on the effective date of this Act without being promulgated again by the Department, except to the extent any such rule is inconsistent with any provision of this Act. All disciplinary action, taken or pending, pursuant to the "Illinois Architecture Act", approved June 24, 1919, as amended, shall, for the actions taken, remain in effect, and for the action pending, shall be continued, on the effective date of this Act without having separate actions filed by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 86-702.)