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(215 ILCS 5/403A)
(from Ch. 73, par. 1015A)
Violations; Notice of Apparent Liability; Limitation
of Forfeiture Liability.
(1) Any company or person, agent or broker,
officer or director and any other person subject to this Code and as may
be defined in Section 2 of this Code, who willfully or repeatedly fails
to observe or who otherwise violates any of the provisions of this Code
or any rule or regulation promulgated by the Director under authority
of this Code or any final order of the Director entered under the authority
of this Code shall by civil penalty forfeit to the State of Illinois a sum
not to exceed $2,000. Each day during which a violation occurs
a separate offense. The civil penalty provided for in this Section shall
apply only to those Sections of this Code or administrative regulations
thereunder that do not otherwise provide for a monetary civil penalty.
(2) No forfeiture liability under paragraph (1) of this Section
may attach unless a written notice of apparent liability has been issued
by the Director and received by the respondent, or the Director sends written
notice of apparent liability by registered or certified mail, return receipt
requested, to the last known address of the respondent. Any respondent so
notified must be granted an opportunity to request a
hearing within 10 days from receipt of notice, or to show in writing,
why he should not be held liable. A notice issued under this Section must
set forth the date, facts and nature of the act or omission with which the
respondent is charged and must specifically identify the particular
provision of the Code, rule, regulation or order of which a violation is
(3) No forfeiture liability under paragraph (1) of this Section
may attach for any violation occurring more than 2 years prior to the date
of issuance of the notice of apparent liability and in no event may the total
civil penalty forfeiture imposed for the acts or omissions set forth in any
one notice of apparent liability exceed $500,000.
(4) The civil penalty forfeitures provided for in this Section
are payable to the General Revenue Fund of the State of Illinois, and
may be recovered in a civil suit in the name of the State of Illinois brought
in the Circuit Court in Sangamon County, or in the Circuit Court of the
county where the respondent is domiciled or has its principal operating
(5) In any case where the Director issues a notice of apparent
liability looking toward the imposition of a civil penalty forfeiture
under this Section, that fact may not be used in any other proceeding before
the Director to the prejudice of the respondent to whom the notice was issued,
unless (a) the civil penalty forfeiture has been paid, or (b) a court has
ordered payment of the civil penalty
forfeiture and that order has become final.
(Source: P.A. 93-32, eff. 7-1-03.)