(205 ILCS 635/4-5)
(from Ch. 17, par. 2324-5)
Suspension, revocation of licenses; fines.
(a) Upon written notice to a licensee, the Commissioner may suspend
or revoke any license issued pursuant to this Act if he or she shall make a
finding of one or more of the following in the notice that:
(1) Through separate acts or an act or a course of
conduct, the licensee has violated any provisions of this Act, any rule or regulation promulgated by the Commissioner or of any other law, rule or regulation of this State or the United States.
(2) Any fact or condition exists which, if it had
existed at the time of the original application for such license would have warranted the Commissioner in refusing originally to issue such license.
(3) If a licensee is other than an individual, any
ultimate equitable owner, officer, director, or member of the licensed partnership, association, corporation, or other entity has so acted or failed to act as would be cause for suspending or revoking a license to that party as an individual.
(b) No license shall be suspended or revoked, except as provided in this
Section, nor shall any licensee be fined without notice of his or her right
to a hearing as provided in Section 4-12 of this Act.
(c) The Commissioner, on good cause shown that an emergency exists, may
suspend any license for a period not
exceeding 180 days, pending investigation. Upon a showing that a
licensee has failed to meet the experience or educational requirements of
Section 2-2 or the requirements of subsection (g) of Section 3-2, the
Commissioner shall suspend, prior to hearing as provided in Section 4-12, the
license until those requirements have been met.
(d) The provisions of subsection (e) of Section 2-6 of this Act
shall not affect a licensee's civil or criminal liability
for acts committed prior to surrender of a license.
(e) No revocation, suspension or surrender of any license shall impair
or affect the obligation of any pre-existing lawful contract between the
licensee and any person.
(f) Every license issued under this Act shall remain in force and effect
until the same shall have expired without renewal, have been surrendered,
revoked or suspended in accordance with the provisions of this Act, but the
Commissioner shall have authority to reinstate a suspended license or to
issue a new license to a licensee whose license shall have been revoked if
no fact or condition then exists which would have warranted the
Commissioner in refusing originally to issue such license under this Act.
(g) Whenever the Commissioner shall revoke or suspend a license issued
pursuant to this Act or fine a licensee under this Act, he or she shall
forthwith execute a written order to that effect. The
Commissioner shall post notice of the order on an agency Internet site maintained by the Commissioner or on the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry and shall forthwith serve a copy of such order upon the
licensee. Any such order may be reviewed in the manner provided by
Section 4-12 of this Act.
(h) When the Commissioner finds any person in violation of the grounds
set forth in subsection (i), he or she may enter an order imposing one or
more of the following penalties:
(1) Revocation of license;
(2) Suspension of a license subject to reinstatement
upon satisfying all reasonable conditions the Commissioner may specify;
(3) Placement of the licensee or applicant on
probation for a period of time and subject to all reasonable conditions as the Commissioner may specify;
(4) Issuance of a reprimand;
(5) Imposition of a fine not to exceed $25,000 for
each count of separate offense, provided that a fine may be imposed not to exceed $75,000 for each separate count of offense of paragraph (2) of subsection (i) of this Section; and
(6) Denial of a license.
(i) The following acts shall constitute grounds for which the
disciplinary actions specified in subsection (h) above may be taken:
(1) Being convicted or found guilty, regardless of
pendency of an appeal, of a crime in any jurisdiction which involves fraud, dishonest dealing, or any other act of moral turpitude;
(2) Fraud, misrepresentation, deceit or negligence in
any mortgage financing transaction;
(3) A material or intentional misstatement of fact on
an initial or renewal application;
(4) Failure to follow the Commissioner's regulations
with respect to placement of funds in escrow accounts;
(5) Insolvency or filing under any provision of the
Bankruptcy Code as a debtor;
(6) Failure to account or deliver to any person any
property such as any money, fund, deposit, check, draft, mortgage, or other document or thing of value, which has come into his or her hands and which is not his or her property or which he or she is not in law or equity entitled to retain, under the circumstances and at the time which has been agreed upon or is required by law or, in the absence of a fixed time, upon demand of the person entitled to such accounting and delivery;
(7) Failure to disburse funds in accordance with
(8) Any misuse, misapplication, or misappropriation
of trust funds or escrow funds;
(9) Having a license, or the equivalent, to practice
any profession or occupation revoked, suspended, or otherwise acted against, including the denial of licensure by a licensing authority of this State or another state, territory or country for fraud, dishonest dealing or any other act of moral turpitude;
(10) Failure to issue a satisfaction of mortgage when
the residential mortgage has been executed and proceeds were not disbursed to the benefit of the mortgagor and when the mortgagor has fully paid licensee's costs and commission;
(11) Failure to comply with any order of the
Commissioner or rule made or issued under the provisions of this Act;
(12) Engaging in activities regulated by this Act
without a current, active license unless specifically exempted by this Act;
(13) Failure to pay in a timely manner any fee,
charge or fine under this Act;
(14) Failure to maintain, preserve, and keep
available for examination, all books, accounts or other documents required by the provisions of this Act and the rules of the Commissioner;
(15) Refusing, obstructing, evading, or unreasonably
delaying an investigation, information request, or examination authorized under this Act, or refusing, obstructing, evading, or unreasonably delaying compliance with the Director's subpoena or subpoena duces tecum;
(16) A pattern of substantially underestimating the
(17) Failure to comply with or violation of any
(18) Failure to comply with or violation of any
provision of Article 3 of the Residential Real Property Disclosure Act.
(j) A licensee shall be subject to the disciplinary actions specified in
this Act for violations of subsection (i) by any officer, director,
shareholder, joint venture, partner, ultimate equitable owner, or employee
of the licensee.
(k) Such licensee shall be subject to suspension or revocation for
unauthorized employee actions only if there is a pattern of repeated violations by
employees or the licensee has knowledge of the violations, or there is substantial harm to a consumer.
(l) Procedure for surrender of license:
(1) The Commissioner may, after 10 days notice by
certified mail to the licensee at the address set forth on the license, stating the contemplated action and in general the grounds therefor and the date, time and place of a hearing thereon, and after providing the licensee with a reasonable opportunity to be heard prior to such action, fine such licensee an amount not exceeding $25,000 per violation, or revoke or suspend any license issued hereunder if he or she finds that:
(i) The licensee has failed to comply with any
provision of this Act or any order, decision, finding, rule, regulation or direction of the Commissioner lawfully made pursuant to the authority of this Act; or
(ii) Any fact or condition exists which, if it
had existed at the time of the original application for the license, clearly would have warranted the Commissioner in refusing to issue the license.
(2) Any licensee may submit application to surrender
a license, but upon the Director approving the surrender, it shall not affect the licensee's civil or criminal liability for acts committed prior to surrender or entitle the licensee to a return of any part of the license fee.
(Source: P.A. 99-15, eff. 1-1-16; 100-1153, eff. 12-19-18.)