(225 ILCS 84/100)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2030)
Investigations; notice and hearing.
(a) The Department may
investigate the actions of any applicant or of any person or persons holding or
hold a license under this Act.
(b) The Department may also investigate the actions of a company or corporation that holds itself out to provide orthotic, prosthetic, or pedorthic services with or without having an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist licensed under this Act on its staff to provide those services.
(c) The Department shall, before disciplining an applicant or licensee, at least 30 days before the date set for the hearing: (i) notify, in writing, the applicant or licensee of the charges made and the time and place for the hearing on the charges, (ii) direct him or her to file a written answer to the charges under oath within 20 days after service of the notice, and (iii) inform the applicant or licensee that failure to file an answer will result in a default being entered against the applicant or licensee.
(d) At the time and place fixed in the notice, the Board or hearing officer appointed by the Secretary shall proceed to hear the charges and the applicant or licensee or his or her counsel shall be accorded ample opportunity to present any statement, testimony, evidence, and argument as may be pertinent to the charges or to his or her defense. The Board or hearing officer may continue the hearing from time to time.
(e) In case the person, after receiving the notice, fails to file an answer, his or her license may, in the discretion of the Secretary, having first received the recommendation of the Board, be suspended, revoked, or placed on probationary status or be subject to whatever disciplinary action the Secretary considers proper, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of the person's practice or the imposition of a fine, without hearing, if the act or acts charged constitute sufficient grounds for that action under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 101-269, eff. 8-9-19.)