(225 ILCS 60/37) (from Ch. 111, par. 4400-37)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
    Sec. 37. Disciplinary actions.
    (a) At the time and place fixed in the notice, the Medical Board provided for in this Act shall proceed to hear the charges, and the accused person shall be accorded ample opportunity to present in person, or by counsel, such statements, testimony, evidence and argument as may be pertinent to the charges or to any defense thereto. The Medical Board may continue such hearing from time to time. If the Medical Board is not sitting at the time and place fixed in the notice or at the time and place to which the hearing has been continued, the Department shall continue such hearing for a period not to exceed 30 days.
    (b) In case the accused person, after receiving notice, fails to file an answer, their license may, in the discretion of the Secretary, having received first the recommendation of the Medical Board, be suspended, revoked or placed on probationary status, or the Secretary may take whatever disciplinary action as he or she may deem proper, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of said person's practice, without a hearing, if the act or acts charged constitute sufficient grounds for such action under this Act.
    (c) The Medical Board has the authority to recommend to the Secretary that probation be granted or that other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action, including the limitation of the scope, nature or extent of a person's practice, be taken as it deems proper. If disciplinary or non-disciplinary action, other than suspension or revocation, is taken the Medical Board may recommend that the Secretary impose reasonable limitations and requirements upon the accused registrant to ensure compliance with the terms of the probation or other disciplinary action including, but not limited to, regular reporting by the accused to the Department of their actions, placing themselves under the care of a qualified physician for treatment, or limiting their practice in such manner as the Secretary may require.
    (d) The Secretary, after consultation with the Chief Medical Coordinator or Deputy Medical Coordinator, may temporarily suspend the license of a physician without a hearing, simultaneously with the institution of proceedings for a hearing provided under this Section if the Secretary finds that evidence in his or her possession indicates that a physician's continuation in practice would constitute an immediate danger to the public. In the event that the Secretary suspends, temporarily, the license of a physician without a hearing, a hearing by the Medical Board shall be held within 15 days after such suspension has occurred and shall be concluded without appreciable delay.
(Source: P.A. 102-20, eff. 1-1-22.)