(215 ILCS 159/30)
Examination or investigation.
(a) The Director may when and as often as the Director deems it reasonably necessary to protect the interests of the public, examine the business affairs of any licensee.
In scheduling and determining the nature, scope, and frequency of the examinations, the Director shall consider such matters as consumer complaints, results of financial statement analyses and ratios, changes in management or ownership, actuarial opinions, report of independent certified public accountants, and other relevant criteria as determined by the Director.
(b) For purposes of completing an examination of a licensee under this Act, the Director may examine or investigate any person, or the business of any person, in so far as the examination or investigation is, in the sole discretion of the Director, necessary or material to the examination.
(c) In lieu of an examination under this Act of any foreign licensee or alien licensee licensed in this State, the Director may, at the Director's discretion, accept an examination report on the licensee as prepared by the chief insurance regulatory official for the licensee's state of domicile or port-of-entry state.
(d) As far as practical, the examination of a foreign licensee or alien licensee shall be made in cooperation with the insurance supervisory officials of other states in which the licensee transacts business.
(e) Licensees shall for 5 years retain copies of:
(1) all proposed, offered, or executed contracts,
This subsection (e) does not relieve a person of the obligation to produce records required by this subsection to the Director after the retention period has expired if the person has retained the documents.
Records required to be retained by this subsection (e) must be legible and complete and may be retained in paper, photograph, microprocessor, magnetic, mechanical, or electronic media, or by any process that accurately reproduces or forms a durable medium for the reproduction of a record.
(f) Upon determining that an examination should be conducted, the Director shall appoint one or more examiners to perform the examination and instruct them as to the scope of the examination. The Director may employ any guidelines or procedures for purposes of this subsection (f) that the Director deems appropriate.
Every licensee or person, including all officers, partners, members, directors, employees, controlling persons, and agents of any licensee or person, from whom information is sought shall provide to the examiners timely, convenient, and free access at all reasonable hours at the licensee's or person's offices to all books, records, accounts, papers, documents, assets, and computer or other recordings relating to the property, assets, business, and affairs of the licensee being examined. The officers, directors, employees, and agents of the licensee or person shall facilitate the examination and aid in the examination so far as it is in their power to do so. The refusal of a licensee by its officers, directors, employees, or agents to submit to examination or to comply with any reasonable written request of the Director shall be grounds for revocation, denial of issuance, or non-renewal of any license or authority held by the licensee to engage in the viatical settlement business or other business subject to the Director's jurisdiction.
The Director shall have the power to issue subpoenas, to administer oaths, and to examine under oath any person as to any matter pertinent to the examination. Upon the failure or refusal of a person to obey a subpoena, the Director may petition a court of competent jurisdiction, and upon proper showing, the court may enter an order compelling the witness to appear and testify or produce documentary evidence. Failure to obey the court order shall be punishable as contempt of court. Subpoenas may be enforced pursuant to Section 403 of the Illinois Insurance Code.
When making an examination under this Act, the Director may retain attorneys, appraisers, independent actuaries, independent certified public accountants, or other professionals and specialists as examiners, the reasonable cost of which shall be borne by the licensee that is the subject of the examination.
(g) Nothing contained in this Act limits the Director's authority to terminate or suspend an examination in order to pursue other legal or regulatory action pursuant to the insurance laws of this State. Findings of fact and conclusions made pursuant to any examination shall be prima facie evidence in any legal or regulatory action.
(h) Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to limit the Director's authority to use and, if appropriate, to make public any final or preliminary examination report, any examiner or licensee workpapers or other documents, or any other information discovered or developed during the course of any examination in the furtherance of any legal or regulatory action that the Director may, in the Director's discretion, deem appropriate.
(i) No later than 60 days following completion of the examination, the examiner in charge shall file with the Director a verified written report of examination under oath. Upon receipt of the verified report, the Director shall transmit the report to the licensee examined.
(j) Examination reports shall be comprised only of facts appearing upon the books, records, or other documents of the licensee, its agents, or other persons examined, or as ascertained from the testimony of its officers or agents or other persons examined concerning its affairs and the conclusions and recommendations that the examiners find reasonably warranted from the facts.
(k) The licensee may request a hearing within 10 days after receipt of the examination report by giving the Director written notice of that request, together with a statement of its objections. The Director then must conduct a hearing in conjunction with Sections 402 and 403 of the Illinois Insurance Code. The Director must issue a written order based upon the examination report and upon the hearing within 90 days after the report is filed or within 90 days after the hearing. After the hearing, the Director may make such order or orders as may be reasonably necessary to correct, eliminate, or remedy unlawful conduct.
(l) If the Director determines that regulatory action is appropriate as a result of an examination, the Director may initiate any proceedings or actions provided by law.
(m) Names and individual identification data for all viators in the
possession and control of the Director shall be considered private
and confidential and shall not be disclosed by the Director unless
required by law.
Except as otherwise provided in this Act, all examination reports, working papers, recorded information, documents, and copies thereof produced by, obtained by or disclosed to the Director or any other person in the course of an examination made under this Act or the law of another state or jurisdiction that is substantially similar to this Act, or in the course of analysis or investigation by the Director of the financial condition or market conduct of a licensee are
(i) confidential by law and privileged,
(ii) not subject to the Freedom of Information Act,
(iii) not subject to subpoena, and
(iv) not subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in any private civil action.
The Director is authorized to use the documents, materials, or other information in the furtherance of any regulatory or legal action brought as part of the Director's official duties.
Documents, materials, or other information, including, but not limited to, all working papers and copies thereof, in the possession or control of the NAIC and its affiliates and subsidiaries are:
(1) confidential by law and privileged;
(2) not subject to subpoena; and
(3) not subject to discovery or admissible in
(o) No waiver of any applicable privilege or claim of confidentiality in the documents, materials, or information shall occur as a result of disclosure to the Director under this Section or as a result of sharing as authorized in subsection (n) of this Section.
(p) A privilege established under the law of any state or jurisdiction that is substantially similar to the privilege established under this Section shall be available and enforced in any proceeding in, and in any court of, this State.
(q) Nothing contained in this Act prevents or prohibits the Director from disclosing the content of an examination report, preliminary examination report or results, or any matter relating to those reports or results, to the chief insurance regulatory official of any other state or country, or to law enforcement officials of this or any other state or agency of the federal government at any time or to the NAIC, if the agency or office receiving the report or matters relating to it agrees in writing to hold it confidential and in a manner consistent with this Act.
(r) The expenses incurred in conducting an examination shall be paid by the licensee.
(s) No cause of action shall arise nor shall any liability be imposed against the Director, the Director's authorized representatives, or any examiner appointed by the Director for any statements made or conduct performed in good faith while carrying out the provisions of this Act.
No cause of action shall arise, nor shall any liability be imposed against any person for the act of communicating or delivering information or data to the Director or the Director's authorized representative or examiner pursuant to an examination made under this Section, if the act of communication or delivery was performed in good faith and without fraudulent intent or the intent to deceive. This subsection (s) does not abrogate or modify in any way any common law or statutory privilege or immunity heretofore enjoyed by any person identified in this subsection (s).
A person identified in this subsection (s) shall be entitled to an award of attorney's fees and costs if he or she is the prevailing party in a civil cause of action for libel, slander, or any other relevant tort arising out of activities in carrying out the provisions of this Section and the party bringing the action was not substantially justified in doing so. For purposes of this Section, a proceeding is "substantially justified" if it had a reasonable basis in law or fact at the time that it was initiated.
The Director may investigate suspected viatical settlement fraud and persons engaged in the business of viatical settlements.
(Source: P.A. 96-736, eff. 7-1-10