(225 ILCS 454/25-37)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 25-37. Real Estate Audit Fund; audit of special accounts; audit of fund.
    (a) A special fund to be known as the Real Estate Audit Fund is created in the State Treasury. If, at any time, the balance in the Real Estate Audit Fund is less than $25,000, the State Treasurer shall cause a transfer of $200,000 from the Real Estate License Administration Fund to the Real Estate Audit Fund. The moneys held in the Real Estate Audit Fund shall be used exclusively by the Department to conduct audits of special accounts of moneys belonging to others held by a broker.
    (b) Upon receipt of a complaint or evidence by the Department sufficient to cause the Department to reasonably believe that funds required to be maintained in a special account by a broker have been misappropriated, the broker shall, within 30 days of written notice, submit to an audit of all special accounts. Such audit shall be performed by a licensed certified public accountant, shall result in a written report by the accountant, and shall specifically refer to the escrow and record-keeping requirements of this Act and the rules adopted under this Act. If it is found, pursuant to an order issued by the Secretary, that moneys required to be maintained in a special account by a broker were misappropriated, as further defined by rule, the broker shall reimburse the Department, in addition to any other discipline or civil penalty imposed, for the cost of the audit performed pursuant to this Section. The Department may file in circuit court for a judgment to enforce the collection of the reimbursement of the cost of such audit. Any reimbursement collected by the Department shall be deposited into the Real Estate Audit Fund.
    (c) Moneys in the Real Estate Audit Fund may be invested and reinvested in the same manner as funds in the Real Estate Recovery Fund. All earnings received from such investment shall be deposited in the Real Estate Audit Fund and may be used for the same purpose as other moneys deposited in the Real Estate Audit Fund. Moneys in the Real Estate Audit Fund may be transferred to the Professions Indirect Cost Fund as authorized under Section 2105-300 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Upon completion of any audit of the Department, prescribed by the Illinois State Auditing Act, which includes an audit of the Real Estate Audit Fund, the Department shall make the audit open to inspection by any interested person.
(Source: P.A. 96-856, eff. 12-31-09.)