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225 ILCS 45/3

    (225 ILCS 45/3) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 73.103)
    Sec. 3. Licensing.
    (a) No person, firm, partnership, association or corporation may act as seller without first securing from the State Comptroller a license to so act. Application for such license shall be in writing, signed by the applicant and duly verified on forms furnished by the Comptroller. Each application shall contain at least the following:
        (1) The full name and address (both residence and
place of business) of the applicant, and every member, officer and director thereof if the applicant is a firm, partnership, association, or corporation, and of every shareholder holding more than 10% of the corporate stock if the applicant is a corporation;
        (2) A statement of the applicant's assets and
        (3) The name and address of the applicant's principal
place of business at which the books, accounts, and records shall be available for examination by the Comptroller as required by this Act;
        (4) The names and addresses of the applicant's branch
locations at which pre-need sales shall be conducted and which shall operate under the same license number as the applicant's principal place of business;
        (5) For each individual listed under item (1) above,
a detailed statement of the individual's business experience for the 10 years immediately preceding the application; any present or prior connection between the individual and any other person engaged in pre-need sales; any felony or misdemeanor convictions for which fraud was an essential element; any charges or complaints lodged against the individual for which fraud was an essential element and which resulted in civil or criminal litigation; any failure of the individual to satisfy an enforceable judgment entered against him based upon fraud; and any other information requested by the Comptroller relating to past business practices of the individual. Since the information required by this item (5) may be confidential or contain proprietary information, this information shall not be available to other licensees or the general public and shall be used only for the lawful purposes of the Comptroller in enforcing this Act;
        (6) The name of the trustee and, if applicable, the
names of the advisors to the trustee, including a copy of the proposed trust agreement under which the trust funds are to be held as required by this Act; and
        (7) Such other information as the Comptroller may
reasonably require in order to determine the qualification of the applicant to be licensed under this Act.
    (b) Applications for license shall be accompanied by a fidelity bond executed by the applicant and a surety company authorized to do business in this State or an irrevocable, unconditional letter of credit issued by a bank, credit union, or trust company authorized to do business in the State of Illinois, as approved by the State Comptroller, in such amount not exceeding $10,000 as the Comptroller may require. If, after notice and an opportunity to be heard, it has been determined that a licensee has violated this Act within the past 5 calendar years, the Comptroller may require an additional bond or letter of credit from the licensee from time to time in amounts equal to one-tenth of such trust funds, which bond or letter of credit shall run to the Comptroller for the use and benefit of the beneficiaries of such trust funds.
    The licensee shall keep accurate accounts, books and records in this State, at the principal place of business identified in the licensee's license application or as otherwise approved by the Comptroller in writing, of all transactions, copies of all pre-need contracts, trust agreements, and other agreements, dates and amounts of payments made and accepted thereon, the names and addresses of the contracting parties, the persons for whose benefit such funds are accepted, and the names of the depositaries of such funds. Each licensee shall maintain the documentation for a period of 3 years after the licensee has fulfilled his obligations under the pre-need contract. Additionally, for a period not to exceed 6 months after the performance of all terms in a pre-need sales contract, the licensee shall maintain copies of the contract at the licensee branch location where the contract was entered or at some other location agreed to by the Comptroller in writing. If an insurance policy or tax-deferred annuity is used to fund the pre-need contract, the licensee under this Act shall keep and maintain accurate accounts, books, and records in this State, at the principal place of business identified in the licensee's application or as otherwise approved by the Comptroller in writing, of all insurance policies and tax-deferred annuities used to fund the pre-need contract, the name and address of insured, annuitant, and initial beneficiary, and the name and address of the insurance company issuing the policy or annuity. If a life insurance policy or tax-deferred annuity is used to fund a pre-need contract, the licensee shall notify the insurance company of the name of each pre-need contract purchaser and the amount of each payment when the pre-need contract, insurance policy or annuity is purchased.
    The licensee shall make reports to the Comptroller annually or at such other time as the Comptroller may require, on forms furnished by the Comptroller. The licensee shall file the annual report with the Comptroller within 75 days after the end of the licensee's fiscal year. The Comptroller shall for good cause shown grant an extension for the filing of the annual report upon the written request of the licensee. Such extension shall not exceed 60 days. If a licensee fails to submit an annual report to the Comptroller within the time specified in this Section, the Comptroller shall impose upon the licensee a penalty of $5 per day for the first 15 days past due, $10 per day for 16 through 30 days past due, $15 per day for 31 through 45 days past due, and $20 per day for the 46th day and every day thereafter the licensee remains delinquent in submitting the annual report. The Comptroller may abate all or part of the daily penalty for good cause shown. Every application shall be accompanied by a check or money order in the amount of $25 and every report shall be accompanied by a check or money order in the amount of $10 payable to: Comptroller, State of Illinois.
    The licensee shall make all required books and records pertaining to trust funds, insurance policies, or tax-deferred annuities available to the Comptroller for examination. The Comptroller, or a person designated by the Comptroller who is trained to perform such examinations, may at any time investigate the books, records and accounts of the licensee with respect to trust funds, insurance policies, or tax-deferred annuities and for that purpose may require the attendance of and examine under oath all persons whose testimony he may require. The licensee shall pay a fee for such examination in accordance with a schedule established by the Comptroller. The fee shall not exceed the cost of such examination. For pre-need contracts funded by trust arrangements, the cost of an initial examination shall be borne by the licensee if it has $10,000 or more in trust funds, otherwise, by the Comptroller. The charge made by the Comptroller for an examination shall be based upon the total amount of trust funds held by the licensee at the end of the calendar or fiscal year for which the report is required by this Act and shall be in accordance with the following schedule:
Less than $10, charge;
$10,000 or more but less than $50,000.....................$10;
$50,000 or more but less than $100,000....................$40;
$100,000 or more but less than $250,000...................$80;
$250,000 or more.........................................$100.
    The Comptroller may order additional audits or examinations as he or she may deem necessary or advisable to ensure the safety and stability of the trust funds and to ensure compliance with this Act. These additional audits or examinations shall only be made after good cause is established by the Comptroller in the written order. The grounds for ordering these additional audits or examinations may include, but shall not be limited to:
        (1) material and unverified changes or fluctuations
in trust balances or insurance or annuity policy amounts;
        (2) the licensee changing trustees more than twice in
any 12-month period;
        (3) any withdrawals or attempted withdrawals from the
trusts, insurance policies, or annuity contracts in violation of this Act; or
        (4) failure to maintain or produce documentation
required by this Act for deposits into trust accounts, trust investment activities, or life insurance or annuity policies.
    The licensee shall bear the full cost of that examination or audit, up to a maximum of $20,000. The Comptroller may elect to pay for the examination or audit and receive reimbursement from the licensee. Payment of the costs of the examination or audit by a licensee shall be a condition of receiving, maintaining, or renewing a license under this Act. All moneys received by the Comptroller for examination or audit fees shall be maintained in a separate account to be known as the Comptroller's Administrative Fund. This Fund, subject to appropriation by the General Assembly, may be utilized by the Comptroller for enforcing this Act and other purposes that may be authorized by law.
    For pre-need contracts funded by life insurance or a tax-deferred annuity, the cost of an examination shall be borne by the licensee. The fee schedule for such examination shall be established in rules promulgated by the Comptroller. In the event such investigation or other information received by the Comptroller discloses a substantial violation of the requirements of this Act, the Comptroller shall revoke the license of such person upon a hearing as provided in this Act. Such licensee may terminate all further responsibility for compliance with the requirements of this Act by voluntarily surrendering the license to the Comptroller, or in the event of its loss, furnishing the Comptroller with a sworn statement to that effect, which states the licensee's intention to discontinue acceptance of funds received under pre-need contracts. Such license or statement must be accompanied by an affidavit that said licensee has lawfully expended or refunded all funds received under pre-need contracts, and that the licensee will accept no additional sales proceeds. The Comptroller shall immediately cancel or revoke said license.
(Source: P.A. 96-879, eff. 2-2-10; 97-593, eff. 8-26-11.)