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PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 443/) Interpreter for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007.

225 ILCS 443/1

    (225 ILCS 443/1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Interpreter for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/5

    (225 ILCS 443/5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. The practice of interpreting for the deaf in the State of Illinois is hereby declared to affect the public health, safety, and welfare and to be subject to regulation in the public interest. It is further declared to be a matter of public interest and concern that the practice of interpreting for the deaf merit and receive the confidence of the public by permitting only qualified persons to practice the profession in the State of Illinois.
    The purpose of this Act is to protect and benefit the public by setting standards of qualifications, education, training, and experience for those who seek to engage in the practice of interpreting, to promote high standards of professional performance for those licensed as interpreters for the deaf, and to protect deaf and hard of hearing consumers from unprofessional conduct by persons licensed to practice.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/7

    (225 ILCS 443/7)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 7. Applicability of Act. Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to limit the means in which effective communication is achieved under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
    This Act requires that when effective communication under the ADA is achieved through a sign language interpreter, the sign language interpreter must be licensed under this Act, unless covered by an exemption.
    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit the use of technology or other forms of effective communication when accepted by the consumer.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/10

    (225 ILCS 443/10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. The following words and phrases have the meaning ascribed to them in this Section, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
    "Accepted certificate" means a certificate required for licensure that is issued by the Commission, National Association for the Deaf, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Testing Evaluation and Certification Unit Inc. (TECUnit), or any other certifying entities authorized by rule.
    "American Sign Language (ASL)" means a visual-gestural language that is recognized and accepted as linguistically independent from English language and has its own syntax, rhetoric, and grammar that is recognized, accepted, and used by many deaf Americans.
    "Board" means the Illinois Board of Interpreters for the Deaf as established within the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission.
    "Commission" means the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission.
    "Consumer" means any individual with or without a hearing loss who is the recipient of interpreter services.
    "Cued speech" means a phonetically based hand supplement to speech reading that is independent of all sign language modalities. It is a system of hand shapes that represents groups of consonant sounds, combined with hand placements that represent groups of vowel sounds, used with natural speech to represent a visual model of spoken language.
    "Deaf" means any person who, because of the severity of a hearing loss, is not able to discriminate speech when spoken in a normal conversational tone regardless of the use of amplification devices and whose primary means of receiving spoken communication is through visual input, including but not limited to, American Sign Language, speech reading, sign systems, tactile sign, fingerspelling, reading, or writing.
    "Department" means the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    "Director" means the Director of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission.
    "Educational interpreter" means any person, including those with a hearing loss, who provides deaf or hard of hearing interpreting services in all educational environments under the regulatory authority of the State Board of Education.
    "Hard of hearing" means any person who, because of a hearing loss, finds hearing difficult, but does not preclude the understanding of spoken communication through the ear alone, regardless of the use of amplification devices or assistive devices, and whose primary means of receiving spoken communication is through visual or auditory input, including, but not limited to, assistive devices, speech reading, sign language, fingerspelling, reading, or writing.
    "Hearing" means any person who does not have a hearing loss.
    "Interpreter for the deaf" means any person who offers to render deaf or hard of hearing interpreting services implying that he or she is trained and experienced in interpreting for the deaf and holds a license to practice interpreting for the deaf in this State.
    "Interpreting" means the interpreting or transliterating of English language concepts to any communication modes of the deaf or hard of hearing consumer or the interpreting or transliterating of the communication modes of the deaf and hard of hearing consumers to English language concepts. Communication modes include, but are not limited to, American Sign Language, cued speech, oral, tactile sign, and persons with language deficient skills.
    "Language deficient" means modes of communication used by deaf individuals who lack crucial language components, including, but not limited to, vocabulary, language concepts, expressive skills, language skills, and receptive skills.
    "License" or "licensure" means the authorization to practice interpreting by the Commission under the provisions of this Act.
    "Oral" means the mode of communication having characteristics of speech, speech reading, and residual hearing as a primary means of communication using situational and culturally appropriate gestures, without the use of sign language.
    "Practice of interpreting" means rendering or offering to render or supervise those who render to individuals, couples, groups, organizations, institutions, corporations, schools, government agencies, or the general public any interpreting service involving the interpreting of any mode of communication used by a deaf or hard of hearing consumer to English language concepts or of an English language consumer to a mode of communication used by a deaf or hard of hearing consumer.
    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    "Tactile sign" means mode of communication, used by deaf and blind individuals, using any one or a combination of tactile sign or constricted space signing.
    "Transliterating" means the process of conveying a message from either spoken language into a manually coded language or from a manually coded language into a spoken language.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/15

    (225 ILCS 443/15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 15. Licensure requirement.
    (a) On or after January 1, 2009, no person shall practice as an interpreter for the deaf, hold himself or herself out as a licensed interpreter for the deaf, or use the title "Licensed Interpreter for the Deaf", "Licensed Transliterator for the Deaf", or any other title or abbreviation to indicate that the person is a licensed interpreter, unless he or she is licensed in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
    (b) On or before January 1, 2011, a person who, as of July 1, 2007, maintained valid and unencumbered registration under the Interpreters for the Deaf Act, may be issued a license as an interpreter for the deaf upon filing an application and paying the required fees. A person licensed under this subsection (b) must meet all applicable licensure requirements of this Act on or before January 1, 2011.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/20

    (225 ILCS 443/20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 20. Unlicensed practice; violation; civil penalty.
    (a) On or after January 1, 2009, any person who practices, offers to practice, attempts to practice, or holds himself or herself out to practice as an interpreter for the deaf without being licensed or exempt under this Act shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil penalty to the Commission in an amount not to exceed $2,500 for each offense as determined by the Commission. The civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department after a hearing is held in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Act regarding the provision of a hearing for the discipline of a licensee and shall be deposited in the Interpreters for the Deaf Fund.
    (b) The Commission has the authority and power to investigate any and all actual, alleged, or suspected unlicensed activity.
    (c) The civil penalty shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the civil penalty. The order shall constitute a judgment and may be filed and executed in the same manner as any judgment from any court of record.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/25

    (225 ILCS 443/25)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 25. Exemptions. The following do not constitute violations of this Act:
        (1) Persons interpreting in religious activities.
        (2) Notwithstanding other State or federal laws or
    
rules regarding emergency treatment, persons interpreting in an emergency situation involving health care services in which the consumer and a health care provider or professional agree that the delay necessary to obtain a licensed interpreter is likely to cause injury or loss to the consumer, until such time as the services of a licensed interpreter can be obtained, where there is continued need for an interpreter.
        (3) Persons currently enrolled in a course of study
    
leading to a certificate or degree in interpreting, provided that such persons engage only in activities and services that constitute a part of a supervised course of study and clearly designate themselves as student, trainee, or intern.
        (4) Persons working as an educational interpreter
    
in compliance with the rules established by the State Board of Education.
        (5) Persons interpreting at the request of a deaf or
    
hard of hearing individual, provided that the person providing the service informs the deaf or hard of hearing individual that he or she is not licensed under this Act.
        (6) Persons who do not reside in Illinois and hold
    
either an accepted certificate or an interpreting license from another state and who either:
            (A) engage in interpreting in this State for a
        
period of time not to exceed 14 days in a calendar year; services provided during declared State or national emergencies shall not count towards the limitation set forth in this subparagraph (A); or
            (B) engage in interpreting by teleconference,
        
video conference, or other use of technological means of communication.
        (7) Instances in which sign language interpreters for
    
the deaf are necessary for effective communication for the provision of services to the consumer and in which teleconference, video conference, or other use of technological means of communication or an interpreter are unavailable.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/30

    (225 ILCS 443/30)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 30. Application for licensure.
    (a) An application for licensure as an interpreter for the deaf shall be made to the Commission on forms prescribed by the Commission and accompanied by the appropriate documentation and the required nonrefundable fee. All applications shall contain information that, in the judgment of the Commission, shall enable the Commission to determine an applicant's qualifications.
    (b) Applicants have one year from the date the application is initially submitted to the Commission to complete the application process. If the process has not been completed in the one-year period, the application shall be denied and the fee forfeited and the applicant must reapply and meet the requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
    (c) A license shall not be denied to an applicant because of the applicant's race, religion, creed, national origin, political beliefs or activities, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/35

    (225 ILCS 443/35)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 35. Examination and evaluation.
    (a) The Commission, by rule, may establish a written examination and performance evaluation of applicants for licensure as interpreters for the deaf at such times and places as it may determine. The written examination shall test knowledge of interpreting and the performance evaluation shall test the competence and skills of interpreting and transliterating.
    (b) Applicants for examination or evaluation shall pay to the Commission a fee covering the cost of providing the examination or evaluation. Failure to appear for the examination or evaluation on the scheduled date at the time and place specified shall result in the forfeiture of the examination or evaluation fee.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/40

    (225 ILCS 443/40)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 40. Social Security number. In addition to any other information required to be contained in the application, every application for an original license under this Act shall include the applicant's Social Security number, which shall be retained in the agency's records pertaining to the license. As soon as practical, the Department shall assign a customer's identification number to each applicant for a license.
    Every application for a renewal or restored license shall require the applicant's customer identification number.
(Source: P.A. 97-400, eff. 1-1-12.)

225 ILCS 443/45

    (225 ILCS 443/45)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 45. Qualifications for licensure. A person shall be qualified to be licensed as an interpreter for the deaf and the Commission shall issue a license to an applicant who:
        (1) has applied in writing on the prescribed
    
forms and paid the required fees;
        (2) is of good moral character; in determining
    
good moral character, the Commission shall take into consideration whether the applicant has engaged in conduct or activities that would constitute grounds for discipline under Section 115 of this Act;
        (3) is an accepted certificate holder;
        (4) has a high school diploma or equivalent; and
        (5) has met any other requirements established by the
    
Commission by rule.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/50

    (225 ILCS 443/50)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 50. Powers and duties of the Commission.
    (a) The Commission shall exercise the powers and duties prescribed by the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois for the administration of licensing Acts that are consistent with its duties, as set forth in this Act.
    (b) The Commission shall adopt rules consistent with its duties, as set forth in this Act, for the administration and enforcement of this Act, and for the payment of fees connected therewith, and may prescribe forms, which shall be issued in connection therewith.
    (c) The Commission may seek the advice and the expert knowledge of the Board on any matter relating to the administration of this Act.
    (d) Prior to January 1, 2009, the Commission shall conduct statewide training to interpreters and deaf and hard of hearing consumers regarding the rights and obligations affected by this Act and shall continue to conduct statewide outreach, education, and training annually thereafter.
    (e) The Commission may develop, contract, purchase, or authorize examination and evaluation materials necessary to license interpreters for the deaf that are cost-effective and accessible.
    (f) Beginning on January 1, 2011 and concluding January 1, 2017, the Commission shall file a biannual report with the General Assembly on the impact of the Act with data including, but not limited to, the following:
        (1) the number of licensed interpreters by level and
    
geographic location;
        (2) the number of new applicants;
        (3) the number of renewed licenses; and
        (4) the number of formal training programs for sign
    
language interpreters for the deaf.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/55

    (225 ILCS 443/55)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 55. Powers and duties of the Department.
    (a) The Department shall exercise the powers and duties prescribed by the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois for the administration of licensing Acts that are consistent with its duties, as set forth in this Act.
    (b) The Department shall adopt rules consistent with its duties, as set forth in this Act, for the enforcement and disciplinary provisions of this Act.
    (c) The Department may seek the advice and expert knowledge of the Board and the Director on any matter related to the administration of this Act.
    (d) The Department shall conduct hearings on proceedings to refuse to issue or renew or to revoke a license or to suspend, place on probation, censure, or reprimand a person licensed under this Act.
    (e) The Department shall provide the Commission with the names and addresses of all persons whose licenses have been suspended, revoked, or denied renewal for cause on a monthly basis.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/60

    (225 ILCS 443/60)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 60. Interpreter Coordinator. The Director may employ, pursuant to the Personnel Code, an Interpreter Coordinator and any other necessary staff. The Interpreter Coordinator shall be a professional interpreter for the deaf licensed in this State. The Interpreter Coordinator hired initially must hold an accepted certification and must qualify for and obtain licensure on or before July 1, 2009. All Interpreter Coordinators hired thereafter must be licensed at the time of hire. The Interpreter Coordinator shall perform such administrative functions as may be delegated by the Director. The Interpreter Coordinator must keep all personal information obtained during the performance of his or her duties confidential.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/65

    (225 ILCS 443/65)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 65. Illinois Board of Interpreters.
    (a) The Director shall appoint an Illinois Board of Interpreters for the Deaf consisting of 7 voting members who shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Commission and to the Department. The Director shall consider recommendations by consumer and professional groups related to the interpreting profession and deaf and hard of hearing community. The Board shall be composed of 4 licensed interpreters for the deaf, 3 deaf or hard of hearing consumers, and the Interpreter Coordinator who shall serve as a non-voting member.
    (b) The initial Board shall be appointed no later than January 31, 2008.
    (c) The Board shall meet no less than 2 times per year and may hold additional meetings as required in the performance of its duties.
    (d) The members shall be appointed to serve 4-year terms and shall serve until successors are appointed and qualified, except that initial appointments shall be staggered with one member appointed to serve for one year, 2 members appointed to serve for 2 years, 2 members appointed to serve for 3 years, and 2 members appointed to serve for 4 years. No member shall be eligible to serve more than 2 consecutive terms. A vacancy in the Board shall be filled by appointment by the Director for the remainder of the unexpired term. Those interpreter members appointed initially must qualify for and obtain licensure under this Act on or before July 1, 2009.
    (e) In making appointments, the Director shall attempt to ensure that various ethnic and geographic regions of the State are properly represented.
    (f) The membership of the Board shall reflect the differences in certification, experience, education, and background and knowledge of interpreting for the deaf and evaluation.
    (g) The Director may terminate the appointment of any member for misconduct, inefficiency, incompetence, or neglect of his or her official duties.
    (h) The Board shall make recommendations to the Director in establishing guidelines for policies and procedures under this Act. Notice of proposed rulemaking shall be transmitted to the Board and the Director shall review the response, with the exception of the need for emergency rulemaking.
    (i) The Director shall consider the recommendation of the Board on all matters and questions relating to this Act.
    (j) The Board shall annually elect from its membership a chairperson, vice chairperson, and a secretary.
    (k) Members of the Board shall be reimbursed for all authorized legitimate and necessary expenses incurred in attending the meetings of the Board.
    (l) A majority of the Board members currently appointed shall constitute a quorum. A vacancy in the membership of the Board shall not impair the right of a quorum to perform all of the duties of the Board.
    (m) Except in cases of willful and wanton misconduct, members shall be immune from suit in any action based upon any disciplinary proceedings or other acts performed in good faith as members of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/70

    (225 ILCS 443/70)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 70. Privileged communications. Interpreters for the deaf licensed under this Act shall be subject to the provisions concerning privileged communications between interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing and consumers set forth in Section 8-912 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/75

    (225 ILCS 443/75)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 75. Provisional licensure. The Commission may, at its discretion, issue a provisional license to an applicant who has not met all of the requirements for full licensure under this Act, but has met the requirements for provisional licensure, as established by the Commission.
    Provisional licenses must be renewed as set by rule and shall not be renewed for a period exceeding 2 years. If, at the end of 2 years, a provisional licensee still does not meet the requirements for full licensure under this Act, he or she shall be unable to practice interpreting under this Act until granted a license by the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/80

    (225 ILCS 443/80)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 80. Expiration, renewal, and restoration of license.
    (a) The expiration date and renewal period for each license issued under this Act shall be determined by the Commission and set by rule. Every holder of a license under this Act may renew his or her license during the 60-day period preceding the expiration date thereof upon payment of the required renewal fees.
    (b) Any person who has practiced in another jurisdiction and has permitted his or her license to expire or had his or her license placed on inactive status may have his or her license restored by making application to the Commission and filing proof acceptable to the Commission, as defined by the Commission by rule, of his or her fitness to have the license restored, including evidence attesting to active practice in another jurisdiction satisfactory to the Commission and by paying the required restoration fee.
    (c) If a person has not maintained an active practice in another jurisdiction satisfactory to the Commission and has permitted his or her license to expire or has had his or her license placed on inactive status, the Commission shall determine his or her fitness to resume active status and may require satisfactory evaluation of his or her skills.
    (d) Any person whose license expires while he or she is (i) in federal service on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States, or the State Militia called into service or training, or (ii) in training or education under the supervision of the United States preliminary to induction into the military service, may have his or her license renewed or restored without paying any lapsed renewal fees, provided that he or she furnishes the Commission with satisfactory evidence to the effect that he or she has been so engaged.
    (e) Any person whose license is expired or on inactive status and who practices interpreting without being exempt under this Act shall be considered to be practicing without a license, which constitutes grounds for discipline under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/85

    (225 ILCS 443/85)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 85. Inactive status. Any interpreter for the deaf who notifies the Commission, on forms prescribed by the Commission, may place his or her license on inactive status and shall be exempt from payment of renewal fees until he or she notifies the Commission, in writing, of the intention to restore his or her license, pays the current renewal fee, and demonstrates compliance with any requisite continuing education.
    Any interpreter for the deaf requesting restoration from inactive status must pay the current renewal fee and restore his or her license as provided in Section 80 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/90

    (225 ILCS 443/90)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 90. Continuing education. The Commission may adopt rules of continuing education for persons licensed under this Act. These rules shall be consistent with the requirements of relevant professional associations and training programs and address variances for illness or hardship. In establishing these rules, the Commission may consider continuing education requirements as a condition of membership in organizations in order to assure that licensees are given the opportunity to participate in those programs sponsored by or through the professional associations or interpreter training programs that are relevant to their practice.
    The Commission shall establish by rule a means for verifying the completion of the continuing education required by this Section. This verification may be accomplished through audits of records maintained by licensees, the filing of continuing education certificates with the Commission, or any other means established by the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/95

    (225 ILCS 443/95)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 95. Roster. The Commission shall maintain a list of licensed interpreters for the deaf authorized to practice in the State. The list shall show the name of every licensee, type of certification, county, and a form of contact. This list shall be posted for public review on the Internet website of the Commission.
    The Commission shall maintain rosters of the names of all persons whose licenses have been suspended, revoked, or denied renewal for cause, as provided by the Department within the previous calendar year. This list shall be posted for review on the Internet website of the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/100

    (225 ILCS 443/100)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 100. Fees. The Commission may charge fees for the administration and enforcement of this Act, including, but not limited to, application, administration of an examination or evaluation, licensure renewal and restoration, and provision of duplicate licenses. The fees shall be in an amount sufficient to cover the cost of the licensure program and set by rule and shall be nonrefundable.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/105

    (225 ILCS 443/105)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 105. Checks or order dishonored. Any person who delivers a check or other payment to the Commission that is returned to the Commission unpaid by the financial institution upon which it is drawn shall pay to the Commission, in addition to the amount already owed, a fine of $50. If the check or other payment was for a renewal or issuance fee and that person practices without paying the renewal fee or issuance fee and the fine due, an additional fine of $100 shall be imposed. The fines imposed by this Section are in addition to any other discipline provided under this Act for unlicensed practice or practice on a nonrenewed license. The Commission shall notify the person that payment of fees and fines shall be paid to the Commission by certified check or money order within 30 calendar days after the notification. If, after the expiration of 30 days after the date of the notification, the person has failed to submit the necessary remittance, the Commission shall automatically terminate the license or deny the application, without hearing. If, after termination or denial, the person seeks a license, he or she shall apply to the Commission for restoration or issuance of the license and pay all fees and fines due to the Commission. The Commission may establish a fee for the processing of an application for restoration of a license to pay all expenses of processing the application. The Director may waive the fines due under this Section in individual cases where the Commission finds that the fines would be unreasonable or unnecessarily burdensome.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/110

    (225 ILCS 443/110)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 110. Interpreters for the Deaf Fund. The moneys received as fees and fines by the Commission under this Act shall be deposited in the Interpreters for the Deaf Fund, which is hereby created as a special fund in the State treasury, and shall be used only for the administration and enforcement of this Act, including (i) for costs directly related to the regulating of persons under this Act, (ii) by the Board and Commission in the exercise of its powers and performance of its duties, and (iii) for direct and allocable indirect cost related to the public purposes of the Commission. All moneys deposited in the Fund shall be appropriated to the Commission for expenses of the Commission and the Board in the administration and enforcement of this Act. Moneys in the Fund may be invested and reinvested, with all earnings deposited in the Fund and used for the purposes set forth in this Act. The Fund shall comply with the Illinois State Auditing Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/115

    (225 ILCS 443/115)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 115. Grounds for disciplinary action.
    (a) The Commission may refuse to issue or renew any license and the Department may suspend or revoke any license or may place on probation, censure, reprimand, or take other disciplinary action deemed appropriate by the Department, including the imposition of fines not to exceed $2,500 for each violation, with regard to any license issued under this Act for any one or more of the following reasons:
        (1) Material deception in furnishing information to
    
the Commission or the Department.
        (2) Violations or negligent or intentional disregard
    
of any provision of this Act or its rules.
        (3) Conviction of any crime under the laws of any
    
jurisdiction of the United States that is a felony or a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or that is directly related to the practice of interpreting.
        (4) A pattern of practice or other behavior that
    
demonstrates incapacity or incompetence to practice under this Act.
        (5) Knowingly aiding or assisting another person in
    
violating any provision of this Act or rules adopted thereunder.
        (6) Failing, within 60 days, to provide a response to
    
a request for information in response to a written request made by the Commission or the Department by certified mail.
        (7) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
    
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.
        (8) Habitual use of or addiction to alcohol,
    
narcotics, stimulants, or any other chemical agent or drug that results in a licensee's inability to practice with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety.
        (9) Discipline by another jurisdiction or foreign
    
nation, if at least one of the grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth in this Section.
        (10) A finding that the licensee, after having his or
    
her license placed on probationary status, has violated the terms of probation.
        (11) Being named as a perpetrator in an indicated
    
report by the Department of Children and Family Services under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and upon proof by clear and convincing evidence that the licensee has caused a child to be an abused child or a neglected child, as defined in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
        (12) Gross negligence in the practice of interpreting.
        (13) Holding oneself out to be a practicing
    
interpreter for the deaf under any name other than one's own.
        (14) Knowingly allowing another person or
    
organization to use the licensee's license to deceive the public.
        (15) Attempting to subvert or cheat on an
    
interpreter-related examination or evaluation.
        (16) Immoral conduct in the commission of an act,
    
such as sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, or sexual exploitation, related to the licensee's practice.
        (17) Willfully violating State or federal
    
confidentiality laws or the confidentiality between an interpreter and client, except as required by State or federal law.
        (18) Practicing or attempting to practice
    
interpreting under a name other than one's own.
        (19) The use of any false, fraudulent, or deceptive
    
statement in any document connected with the licensee's practice.
        (20) Failure of a licensee to report to the
    
Commission any adverse final action taken against him or her by another licensing jurisdiction, any peer review body, any professional deaf or hard of hearing interpreting association, any governmental Commission, by law enforcement Commission, or any court for a deaf or hard of hearing interpreting liability claim related to acts or conduct similar to acts or conduct that would constitute grounds for action as provided in this Section.
        (21) Failure of a licensee to report to the
    
Commission surrender by the licensee of his or her license or authorization to practice interpreting in another state or jurisdiction or current surrender by the licensee of membership in any deaf or hard of hearing interpreting association or society while under disciplinary investigation by any of those authorities or bodies for acts or conduct similar to acts or conduct that would constitute grounds for action as provided by this Section.
        (22) Physical illness or injury including, but not
    
limited to, deterioration through the aging process or loss of motor skill, mental illness, or disability that results in the inability to practice the profession with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety.
        (23) Gross and willful overcharging for interpreter
    
services, including filing false statements for collection of fees for which services have not been rendered.
    (b) The Commission may refuse to issue or the Department may suspend the license of any person who fails to file a return, to pay the tax, penalty, or interest shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of the tax, penalty, or interest as required by any tax Act administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of any such tax Act are satisfied.
    (c) In enforcing this Section, the Commission, upon a showing of a possible violation, may compel an individual licensed under this Act, or who has applied for licensure under this Act, to submit to a mental or physical examination, or both, as required by and at the expense of the Commission. The Commission may order the examining physician to present testimony concerning the mental or physical examination of the licensee or applicant. No information shall be excluded by reason of any common law or statutory privilege relating to communications between the licensee or applicant and the examining physician. The Commission shall specifically designate the examining physicians. The individual to be examined may have, at his or her own expense, another physician of his or her choice present during all aspects of this examination. Failure of an individual to submit to a mental or physical examination, when directed, shall be grounds for suspension of his or her license until the individual submits to the examination if the Commission finds, after notice and hearing, that the refusal to submit to the examination was without reasonable cause.
    If the Commission finds an individual unable to practice because of the reasons set forth in this subsection (c), the Commission may require that individual to submit to care, counseling, or treatment by physicians approved or designated by the Commission as a condition, term, or restriction for continued, reinstated, or renewed licensure to practice or, in lieu of care, counseling, or treatment, the Commission may file a complaint to immediately suspend, revoke, or otherwise discipline the license of the individual. An individual whose license was granted, continued, reinstated, renewed, disciplined, or supervised subject to such terms, conditions, or restrictions and who fails to comply with such terms, conditions, or restrictions, shall be referred to the Director for a determination as to whether the individual shall have his or her license suspended immediately, pending a hearing by the Department.
    In instances in which the Director immediately suspends a person's license under this subsection (c), a hearing on that person's license must be convened by the Department within 15 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable delay. The Commission or the Department shall have the authority to review the subject individual's record of treatment and counseling regarding the impairment to the extent permitted by applicable State and federal statutes and regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of medical records.
    An individual licensed under this Act and affected under this subsection (c) shall be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate to the Commission that he or she can resume practice in compliance with acceptable and prevailing standards under the provisions of his or her license.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/120

    (225 ILCS 443/120)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 120. Violations; injunction; cease and desist order.
    (a) If any person violates the provisions of this Act, the Attorney General may petition for an order enjoining the violation or for an order enforcing compliance with this Act. Upon the filing of a verified petition, the court with appropriate jurisdiction may issue a temporary restraining order without notice or bond, and may preliminarily and permanently enjoin the violation. If it is established that the person has violated or is violating the injunction, the court may punish the offender for contempt of court. Proceedings under this Section are in addition to all other remedies and penalties provided by this Act.
    (b) If any person holds himself or herself out as being a licensed interpreter for the deaf under this Act and is not licensed to do so, then any licensed interpreter for the deaf, interested party, or any person injured thereby may petition for relief as provided in subsection (a) of this Section.
    (c) Whenever, in the opinion of the Commission, a person violates any provision of this Act, the Commission may issue an order to show cause why an order to cease and desist should not be entered against that person. The order shall clearly set forth the grounds relied upon by the Commission and shall allow at least 7 days from the date of the order to file an answer satisfactory to the Commission. Failure to answer to the satisfaction of the Commission shall cause an order to cease and desist to be issued.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/125

    (225 ILCS 443/125)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 125. Investigations; notice and hearing. The Commission may investigate the actions of any applicant or any person holding or claiming to hold a license under this Act. Before revoking, suspending, placing on probation, reprimanding, or taking any other disciplinary action under Section 115 of this Act, the Commission shall refer the findings of its investigation to the Department. The Department shall, at least 30 days prior to the date set for the hearing, (i) notify the accused, in writing, of any charges made and the time and place for the hearing, (ii) direct him or her to file a written answer to the charges with the Department under oath within 20 days after the service on him or her of the notice, and (iii) inform the accused that, if he or she fails to answer, default will be taken against him or her or that his or her license may be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or other disciplinary action taken with regard to the license, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of his or her practice, as the Department may deem proper. In case the person, after receiving notice, fails to file an answer, his or her license may, in the discretion of the Department, be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or the Department may take whatever disciplinary action deemed proper, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of the person's practice or the imposition of a fine, without a hearing, if the act or acts charged constitute sufficient grounds for such action under this Act. At the time and place fixed in the notice, the Department shall proceed to hear the charges and the parties or their counsel shall be accorded ample opportunity to represent such statements, testimony, evidence, and argument as may be pertinent to the charges or to their defense. The Secretary may continue the hearing if the Board is unavailable or for another just cause.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/130

    (225 ILCS 443/130)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 130. Disposition by consent order or settlement agreement. Disposition may be made of any charge by consent order or settlement agreement between the Commission and the licensee. Disposition may include restrictions upon the interpreter's ability to practice and monetary penalties not to exceed the maximum disciplinary fines allowed under this Act. The Board shall be apprised of the consent order or settlement agreement at its next meeting.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/135

    (225 ILCS 443/135)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 135. Record of proceedings; transcript. The Commission, at its expense, shall preserve a record of all proceedings at any formal hearing of any case. The notice of hearing, complaint, and all other documents in the nature of pleadings and written motions filed in the proceedings, the transcript of testimony, the report of the Board, the report of the hearing officer, and the orders of the Commission shall be the record of the proceedings.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/140

    (225 ILCS 443/140)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 140. Subpoenas; depositions; oaths. The Department shall have power to subpoena and bring before it any person and to take testimony either orally or by deposition, or both, with the same fees and mileage and in the same manner as prescribed by law in judicial proceedings in civil cases in courts in this State. The Secretary, the designated hearing officer, and any member of the Board shall each have power to administer oaths to witnesses at any hearings which the Department is authorized to conduct and any other oaths authorized in the Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/145

    (225 ILCS 443/145)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 145. Compelling testimony. Any circuit court, upon the application of the Department, designated hearing officer, applicant, or licensee against whom proceedings under Section 115 of the Act are pending, may enter an order requiring the attendance of witnesses and their testimony and the production of documents, papers, files, books, and records in connection with any hearing or investigation. The court may compel obedience to its order by proceedings for contempt.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/150

    (225 ILCS 443/150)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 150. Findings and recommendations. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board shall present to the Secretary a written report of its findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations. The report shall contain a finding of whether the licensee violated this Act or failed to comply with the conditions required in this Act. The Board shall specify the nature of the violation or failure to comply, and shall make its recommendations to the Director of the Department. The report of findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendation of the Board shall be the basis for the Department's order for discipline, refusal or for the granting of the license. If the Secretary disagrees with the recommendations of the Board, the Secretary may issue an order in contravention of the Board recommendations. The Secretary shall provide a written report to the Board on any disagreement and shall specify the reasons for the action in the final order. The finding is not admissible in evidence against the person in a criminal prosecution brought for the violation of this Act, but the hearing and findings is not a bar to a criminal prosecution brought for the violation of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/155

    (225 ILCS 443/155)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 155. Appointment of hearing officer. The Secretary shall have the authority to appoint any attorney duly licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois to serve as the hearing officer in any action for discipline of a license. The hearing officer shall have full authority to conduct the hearing. The hearing officer shall report his or her findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations to the Board and the Secretary. The Board shall have 60 days after receipt of the report to review the report of the hearing officer and to present its findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations to the Secretary. If the Board fails to present its report within the 60-day period, the Secretary may issue an order based on the report of the hearing officer.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/160

    (225 ILCS 443/160)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 160. Board; rehearing. At the conclusion of the hearing, a copy of the Board's report shall be served upon the applicant or licensee by the Commission, either personally or as provided in this Act for the service of the notice of hearing. Within 20 days after such service, the applicant or licensee may present to the Department a motion in writing for a rehearing, which shall specify the particular grounds for rehearing. If no motion for a rehearing is filed, then upon the expiration of the time specified for filing such a motion, or if a motion for rehearing is denied, then upon such denial, the Secretary may enter an order in accordance with recommendations of the Board, except as provided in Section 175 of this Act. If the applicant or licensee requests and pays for a transcript of the record within the time for filing a motion for rehearing, the 20-day period within which a motion may be filed shall commence upon the delivery of the transcript to the applicant or licensee.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/165

    (225 ILCS 443/165)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 165. Director; rehearing. Whenever the Secretary believes justice has not been done in the revocation, suspension, or refusal to issue or renew a license or the discipline of a licensee, he or she may order a rehearing.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/170

    (225 ILCS 443/170)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 170. Order or certified copy; prima facie proof. An order of revocation, suspension, placing the license on probationary status, or other formal disciplinary action as the Department may deem proper, or a certified copy thereof, over the seal of the Department and purporting to be signed by the Secretary, is prima facie proof that:
        (1) the signature is the genuine signature of
    
the Secretary;
        (2) the Secretary is duly appointed and qualified;
    
and
        (3) the Board and the members thereof are qualified
    
to act.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/175

    (225 ILCS 443/175)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 175. Restoration of suspended or revoked license. At any time after the suspension or revocation of any license, the Commission may restore it to the licensee upon the written recommendation of the Board, unless after an investigation and hearing the Board determines that restoration is not in the public interest.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/180

    (225 ILCS 443/180)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 180. Surrender of license. Upon the revocation or suspension of a license, the licensee shall immediately surrender his or her license to the Commission. If the licensee fails to do so, the Commission has the right to seize the license.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/185

    (225 ILCS 443/185)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 185. Summary suspension of license. The Director may summarily suspend the license of an interpreter for the deaf without a hearing, simultaneously with the institution of proceedings for a hearing provided for in Section 115 of this Act, if the Director finds that evidence in the possession of the Director indicates that the continuation of practice by the interpreter for the deaf would constitute an imminent danger to the public. In the event that the Director summarily suspends the license of an individual without a hearing, a hearing must be held by the Department within 30 days after the suspension has occurred.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/190

    (225 ILCS 443/190)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 190. Administrative review; venue.
    (a) All final administrative decisions of the Department are subject to judicial review pursuant to the Administrative Review Law and its rules. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    (b) Proceedings for judicial review shall be commenced in the circuit court of the county in which the party applying for review resides, but if the party is not a resident of Illinois, the venue shall be in Sangamon County.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/195

    (225 ILCS 443/195)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 195. Certification of record; costs. The Department shall not be required to certify any record to the court, to file an answer in court, or to otherwise appear in any court in a judicial review proceeding, unless there is filed in the court, with the complaint, a receipt from the Commission acknowledging payment of the costs of furnishing and certifying the record. Failure on the part of the plaintiff to file the receipt in court is grounds for dismissal of the action.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/200

    (225 ILCS 443/200)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 200. Offenses and punishment. Unless otherwise specified, any person found to have violated any provision of this Act is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/205

    (225 ILCS 443/205)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 205. Administrative Procedure Act. The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is hereby expressly adopted and incorporated in this Act as if all of the provisions of such Act were included in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/210

    (225 ILCS 443/210)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 210. Home rule. The regulation and licensing of the practice of interpreting are exclusive powers and functions of the State. A home rule unit may not regulate or license interpreters for the deaf. This Section is a denial and limitation of home rule powers and functions under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/215

    (225 ILCS 443/215)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 215. Savings provision.
    (a) This Act is intended to replace the Interpreters for the Deaf Act in all respects.
    (b) The provisions of this Act shall not be construed to invalidate the requirement that interpreters continue to register pursuant to the Interpreters for the Deaf Act prior to the effective date of this Act.
    (c) Beginning January 1, 2009, the Commission shall cease to register interpreters pursuant to the interpreters for the Deaf Act. After that date, applicants shall apply for a license to practice as an interpreter for the deaf and shall meet the requirements set forth in this Act.
    (d) Beginning on January 1, 2009, the rights, powers, and duties exercised by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission under the Interpreters for the Deaf Act shall continue to be vested in, be the obligation of, and shall be exercised by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission under the provisions of this Act.
    (e) This Act does not affect any act done, ratified, or cancelled, or any right occurring or established, or any action or proceeding had or commenced in an administrative, civil, or criminal cause before the effective date of this Act, by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission under the Interpreters for the Deaf Act, and those actions or proceedings may be prosecuted and continued by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission under this Act.
    (f) The rules adopted by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission relating to the Interpreters for the Deaf Act, unless inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, are not affected by this Act, and on the effective date of this Act, those rules become the rules under this Act. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission shall, as soon as practicable, adopt new or amended rules consistent with the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/900

    (225 ILCS 443/900)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 900. Severability. The provisions of this Act are severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)

225 ILCS 443/905

    (225 ILCS 443/905)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 905. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07; text omitted.)

225 ILCS 443/910

    (225 ILCS 443/910)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 910. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07; text omitted.)

225 ILCS 443/915

    (225 ILCS 443/915)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 915. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07; text omitted.)

225 ILCS 443/999

    (225 ILCS 443/999)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 95-617, eff. 9-12-07.)