(205 ILCS 635/4-2)
(from Ch. 17, par. 2324-2)
Examination; prohibited activities.
(a) The business affairs of a licensee under this Act shall be examined
for compliance with this Act as often as the Secretary deems necessary and
proper. The Secretary shall promulgate rules with respect to the frequency
and manner of examination. The Secretary shall appoint a suitable person
to perform such
examination. The Secretary and his appointees may examine the
books, records, documents, and operations of each licensee and its subsidiary, affiliate, or agent, and may examine
any of the licensee's or its subsidiary's, affiliate's, or agent's officers, directors, employees and agents under oath. For purposes of this Section, "agent" includes service providers such as accountants, closing services providers, providers of outsourced services such as call centers, marketing consultants, and loan processors, even if exempt from licensure under this Act. This Section does not apply to an attorney's privileged work product or communications.
(b) The Secretary shall prepare a
report of each
licensee's examination, shall issue a copy of such report to each
licensee's principals, officers, or directors and shall take appropriate
steps to ensure correction of violations of this Act.
(c) Affiliates of a licensee shall be subject to examination by the Secretary
on the same terms as the licensee, but only when reports
from, or examination of a licensee provides for documented evidence of
unlawful activity between a licensee and affiliate benefiting, affecting or
deriving from the activities regulated by this Act.
(d) The expenses of any examination of the licensee and affiliates shall
be borne by the licensee and assessed by the Secretary as established
(e) Upon completion of the examination, the Secretary shall issue a
report to the licensee. All confidential supervisory information, including the examination report
and the work papers
of the report, shall belong to the Secretary's office and may not be
disclosed to anyone other than the licensee, law enforcement officials or other
regulatory agencies that have an appropriate regulatory interest as determined by the Secretary, or to a party presenting a lawful subpoena to the Office of the Secretary. The Secretary may immediately appeal to the court of jurisdiction the disclosure of such confidential supervisory information and seek a stay of the subpoena pending the outcome of the appeal. Reports required of licensees by the Secretary under this Act
and results of examinations performed by the Secretary under this Act shall
be the property of only the Secretary, but may be shared with the licensee. Access under this
Act to the books and records of each licensee shall be limited to the Secretary
and his agents as provided in this Act and to the licensee and its
authorized agents and designees. No other person shall have access to the
books and records of a licensee under this Act. Any person upon whom a demand for production of confidential supervisory information is made, whether by subpoena, order, or other judicial or administrative process, must withhold production of the confidential supervisory information and must notify the Secretary of the demand, at which time the Secretary is authorized to intervene for the purpose of enforcing the limitations of this Section or seeking the withdrawal or termination of the attempt to compel production of the confidential supervisory information. The Secretary may impose any conditions and limitations on the disclosure of confidential supervisory information that are necessary to protect the confidentiality of such information. Except as authorized by the Secretary, no person obtaining access to confidential supervisory information may make a copy of the confidential supervisory information. The Secretary may condition a decision to disclose confidential supervisory information on entry of a protective order by the court or administrative tribunal presiding in the particular case or on a written agreement of confidentiality. In a case in which a protective order or agreement has already been entered between parties other than the Secretary, the Secretary may nevertheless condition approval for release of confidential supervisory information upon the inclusion of additional or amended provisions in the protective order. The Secretary may authorize a party who obtained the records for use in one case to provide them to another party in another case, subject to any conditions that the Secretary may impose on either or both parties. The requestor shall promptly notify other parties to a case of the release of confidential supervisory information obtained and, upon entry of a protective order, shall provide copies of confidential supervisory information to the other parties.
(f) The Secretary, deputy commissioners, and employees
of the Office of Banks and Real Estate shall be subject to the restrictions
provided in Section 2.5 of the Division of Banking Act including,
without limitation, the restrictions on (i) owning shares of stock or holding
any other equity interest in an entity regulated under this Act or in any
corporation or company that owns or controls an entity regulated under this
Act; (ii) being an officer, director, employee, or agent of an entity regulated
under this Act; and (iii) obtaining a loan or accepting a gratuity from an
entity regulated under this Act.
(g) After the initial examination for those licensees whose only mortgage
activity is servicing fewer than 1,000 Illinois residential loans,
examination required in subsection (a) may be waived upon submission of a
letter from the licensee's independent certified auditor that the licensee
serviced fewer than 1,000 Illinois residential loans during the
in which the
audit was performed.
(h) An exempt entity under subsection (a-1) of Section 1-3 of this Act shall cooperate with the Secretary in the examination and investigation of its sponsored and licensed mortgage loan originators at a frequency determined by the Secretary. The exempt entity under subsection (a-1) of Section 1-3 of this Act shall cooperate with the Secretary in providing mortgage loan originator documents and access to mortgage loan originator offices for the purposes of examination and investigation. The activities of the exempt entity shall not relieve a mortgage loan originator of his or her individual requirements under Section 7-15 of this Act. An exempt entity under subsection (a-1) of Section 1-3 of this Act shall pay to the Department any examination fees invoiced by the Secretary for examination of its sponsored mortgage loan originators. The Secretary shall have the authority to make oral or written inquiries regarding the management of an exempt entity under subsection (a-1) of Section 1-3 of this Act and it shall be the duty of the exempt entity to promptly reply by telephone, in writing, or other means to the inquiry.
(Source: P.A. 98-492, eff. 8-16-13.)