(225 ILCS 65/70-80) (was 225 ILCS 65/20-80)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 70-80. Investigation; notice; hearing.
    (a) The Department may investigate the actions of any applicant or of any person or persons holding or claiming to hold a license under this Act.
    (b) The Department shall, before disciplining a license under this Section or refusing to issue a license, at least 30 days prior to the date set for the hearing, (i) notify the accused in writing of any charges made and the time and place for the hearing of the charges, (ii) direct her or him to file a written answer to the charges under oath within 20 days after service; and (iii) inform the applicant or licensee that failure to answer will result in a default being entered against the applicant or licensee. As a result of the default, such license may be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or have other disciplinary action, including limiting the scope, nature or extent of her or his practice, as the Department may deem proper taken with regard thereto.
    (c) At the time and place fixed in the notice, the Department shall proceed to hear the charges and the parties or their counsel shall be accorded ample opportunity to present any pertinent statements, testimony, evidence and arguments. The Department may continue a hearing from time to time. In case the accused person, after receiving notice, fails to file an answer, her or his license may in the discretion of the Secretary, having received first the recommendation of the Board, be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or be subject to whatever disciplinary action the Secretary considers proper, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of said 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.
    (d) The written notice and any notice in the subsequent proceeding may be served by personal delivery or regular or certified mail to the respondent at the respondent's address of record or by email to the respondent's email address of record.
    (e) The Secretary has the authority to appoint any attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois to serve as the hearing officer in any action for refusal to issue, restore, or renew a license or to discipline a licensee. The hearing officer has full authority to conduct the hearing. The Board may have a member or members present at any hearing. The Board members shall have equal or greater licensing qualifications than those of the licensee being prosecuted.
(Source: P.A. 100-513, eff. 1-1-18.)