(220 ILCS 5/21-1301)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
(a) The Attorney General is responsible for administering and ensuring holders' compliance with this Article, provided that nothing in this Article shall deprive local units of government of the right to enforce applicable rights and obligations.
(b) The Attorney General may conduct an investigation regarding possible violations by holders of this Article including, without limitation, the issuance of subpoenas to:
(1) require the holder to file a statement or report
or to answer interrogatories in writing as to all information relevant to the alleged violations;
(2) examine, under oath, any person who possesses
knowledge or information related to the alleged violations; and
(3) examine any record, book, document, account, or
paper related to the alleged violation.
(c) If the Attorney General determines that there is a reason to believe that a holder has violated or is about to violate this Article, the Attorney General may bring an action in a court of competent jurisdiction in the name of the People of the State against the holder to obtain temporary, preliminary, or permanent injunctive relief and civil penalties for any act, policy, or practice by the holder that violates this Article.
(d) If a court orders a holder to make payments to the Attorney General and the payments are to be used for the operations of the Office of the Attorney General or if a holder agrees to make payments to the Attorney General for the operations of the Office of the Attorney General as part of an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, then the moneys paid under any of the conditions described in this subsection (d) shall be deposited into the Attorney General Court Ordered and Voluntary Compliance Payment Projects Fund. Moneys in the Fund shall be used, subject to appropriation, for the performance of any function pertaining to the exercise of the duties to the Attorney General, including, but not limited to, enforcement of any law of this State and conducting public education programs; however, any moneys in the Fund that are required by the court to be used for a particular purpose shall be used for that purpose.
(e) In an action against a holder brought pursuant to this Article, the Attorney General may seek the assessment of one or more of the following civil monetary penalties in any action filed under this Article where the holder violates this Article and does not remedy the violation within 30 days of notice by the Attorney General:
(1) Any holder that violates or fails to comply with
any of the provisions of this Article or of its State-issued authorization shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to $30,000 for each and every offense, or 0.00825% of the holder's gross revenues, as defined in Section 21-801 of this Act, whichever is greater. Every violation of the provisions of this Article by a holder is a separate and distinct offense, provided that if the same act or omission violates more than one provision of this Article, only one penalty or cumulative penalty may be imposed for such act or omission. In the case of a continuing violation, each day's continuance thereof shall be a separate and distinct offense, provided that the cumulative penalty for any continuing violation shall not exceed $500,000 per year, and provided further that these limits shall not apply where the violation was intentional and either (i) created substantial risk to the safety of the cable service or video service provider's employees or customers or the public or (ii) was intended to cause economic benefits to accrue to the violator.
(2) The holder's State-issued authorization may be
suspended or revoked if the holder fails to comply with the provisions of this Article after a reasonable time to achieve compliance has passed.
(3) If the holder is in violation of Section 21-1101
of this Act, in addition to any other remedies provided by law, a fine not to exceed 3% of the holder's total monthly gross revenue, as that term is defined in this Article, shall be imposed for each month from the date of violation until the date that compliance is achieved.
(4) Nothing in this Section shall limit or affect the
powers of the Attorney General to enforce the provisions of this Article, Section 22-501 of this Act, or the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)