(225 ILCS 411/25-125)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
Cemetery Oversight Board.
The Cemetery Oversight Board is created and shall consist of the Secretary, who shall serve as its chairperson, and 8 members appointed by the Secretary. Appointments shall be made within 90 days after the effective date of this Act. Three members shall represent the segment of the cemetery industry that does not maintain a partial exemption or full exemption, one member shall represent the segment of the cemetery industry that maintains a partial exemption as a public cemetery, one member shall represent the segment of the cemetery industry that maintains a partial exemption as a religious cemetery, 2 members shall be consumers as defined in this Act, and one member shall represent the general public. No member shall be a licensed professional from a non-cemetery segment of the death care industry. Board members shall serve 5-year terms and until their successors are appointed and qualified. The membership of the Board should reasonably reflect representation from the geographic areas in this State. No member shall be reappointed to the Board for a term that would cause his or her continuous service on the Board to be longer than 10 successive years. Appointments to fill vacancies shall be made in the same manner as original appointments, for the unexpired portion of the vacated term. Five members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. A quorum is required for Board decisions. The Secretary may remove any member of the Board for misconduct, incompetence, neglect of duty, or for reasons prescribed by law for removal of State officials. The Secretary may remove a member of the Board who does not attend 2 consecutive meetings. The Department may, at any time, seek the expert advice and knowledge of the Board on any matter relating to the administration or enforcement of this Act. The Secretary shall consider the recommendations of the Board in the development of proposed rules under this Act and in the approval of entities seeking to offer certification programs to cemetery manager applicants and customer service employee applicants. Notice of any proposed rulemaking under this Act and applications submitted by entities seeking to offer certification programs shall be transmitted to the Board and the Department shall review the response of the Board and any recommendations made therein.
(Source: P.A. 96-863, eff. 3-1-10; 97-679, eff. 2-6-12.)