(110 ILCS 992/20-20)
Subpoena power of the Secretary.
(a) The Secretary shall have the power to issue and to serve subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of all books, accounts, records, and other documents and materials relevant to an examination or investigation. The Secretary, or his or her duly authorized representative, shall have power to administer oaths and affirmations to any person.
(b) In the event of noncompliance with a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum issued or caused to be issued by the Secretary, the Secretary may, through the Attorney General, petition the circuit court of the county in which the person subpoenaed resides or has its principal place of business for an order requiring the subpoenaed person to appear and testify and to produce such books, accounts, records, and other documents as are specified in the subpoena duces tecum. The court may grant injunctive relief restraining the person from advertising, promoting, soliciting, entering into, offering to enter into, continuing, or completing any student loan servicing transaction. The court may grant other relief, including, but not limited to, the restraint, by injunction or appointment of a receiver, of any transfer, pledge, assignment, or other disposition of the person's assets or any concealment, alteration, destruction, or other disposition of books, accounts, records, or other documents and materials as the court deems appropriate, until the person has fully complied with the subpoena or subpoena duces tecum and the Secretary has completed an investigation or examination.
(c) If it appears to the Secretary that the compliance with a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum issued or caused to be issued by the Secretary pursuant to this Section is essential to an investigation or examination, the Secretary, in addition to the other remedies provided for in this Act, may, through the Attorney General, apply for relief to the circuit court of the county in which the subpoenaed person resides or has its principal place of business. The court shall thereupon direct the issuance of an order against the subpoenaed person requiring sufficient bond conditioned on compliance with the subpoena or subpoena duces tecum. The court shall cause to be endorsed on the order a suitable amount of bond or payment pursuant to which the person named in the order shall be freed, having a due regard to the nature of the case.
(d) In addition, the Secretary may, through the Attorney General, seek a writ of attachment or an equivalent order from the circuit court having jurisdiction over the person who has refused to obey a subpoena, who has refused to give testimony, or who has refused to produce the matters described in the subpoena duces tecum.
(Source: P.A. 100-540, eff. 12-31-18