(c) The Secretary may fine, revoke, suspend, refuse to renew, place on probation, reprimand, or take any other disciplinary action as to the particular license with respect to which grounds for the fine, revocation, suspension, refuse to renew, probation, or reprimand, or other disciplinary action occur or exist, but if the Secretary finds that grounds for revocation are of general application to all offices or to more than one office of the licensee, the Secretary shall fine, revoke, suspend, refuse to renew, place on probation, reprimand, or otherwise discipline every license to which such grounds apply.
(d) In every case in which a license is revoked, suspended, placed on probation, reprimanded, or otherwise disciplined, the Secretary shall serve the licensee with notice of his or her action, including a statement of the reasons for his or her actions, either personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested. Service by certified mail shall be deemed completed when the notice is deposited in the United States mail and sent to the address of record.
(e) An order assessing a fine, an order revoking, suspending, placing on probation, or reprimanding a license or, an order denying renewal of a license shall take effect upon service of the order unless the licensee requests, in writing, within 20 days after the date of service, a hearing. In the event a hearing is requested, an order issued under this Section shall be stayed until a final administrative order is entered.
(f) If the licensee requests a hearing, then the Secretary shall schedule a hearing within 30 days after the request for a hearing unless otherwise agreed to by the parties. The Secretary shall have the authority to appoint an attorney duly licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois to serve as the hearing officer in any disciplinary action with regard to a license. The hearing officer shall have full authority to conduct the hearing.
(g) The hearing shall be held at the time and place designated by the Secretary.
(h) The Secretary shall have the authority to prescribe rules for the administration of this Section.
(i) Fines imposed and any costs assessed shall be paid within 60 days.
(Source: P.A. 96-863, eff. 3-1-10; 97-679, eff. 2-6-12.)