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(5 ILCS 100/) Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.

5 ILCS 100/5-148

    (5 ILCS 100/5-148)
    Sec. 5-148. Rule change; persons with a disability. Any State agency with a rule that contains the term "the physically handicapped" or "the handicapped" or "handicapped persons" or "handicapped individuals" or "handicapping condition" shall amend the text of the rule to substitute the term "persons with physical disabilities" for "the physically handicapped" and "persons with disabilities" for "the handicapped" or "handicapped persons" or "handicapped individuals" and "disabling condition", as appropriate, for "handicapping condition", and shall make any other changes that may be necessary to conform to the changes made by this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

5 ILCS 100/5-150

    (5 ILCS 100/5-150) (from Ch. 127, par. 1005-150)
    Sec. 5-150. Declaratory rulings.
    (a) Requests for rulings. Each agency may in its discretion provide by rule for the filing and prompt disposition of petitions or requests for declaratory rulings as to the applicability to the person presenting the petition or request of any statutory provision enforced by the agency or of any rule of the agency. Declaratory rulings shall not be appealable. The agency shall maintain as a public record in the agency's principal office and make available for public inspection and copying any such rulings. The agency shall delete trade secrets or other confidential information from the ruling before making it available.
    (b) Overlapping regulations.
        (1) Any persons subject to a rule imposed by a State
agency and to a similar rule imposed by the federal government may petition the agency administering the State rule for a declaratory ruling as to whether compliance with the federal rule will be accepted as compliance with the State rule.
        (2) If the agency determines that compliance with the
federal rule would not satisfy the purposes or relevant provisions of the State law involved, the agency shall so inform the petitioner in writing, stating the reasons for the determination, and may issue a declaratory ruling to that effect.
        (3) If the agency determines that compliance with the
federal rule would satisfy the purposes and relevant provisions of the State law involved but that it would not satisfy the relevant provisions of the State rule involved, the agency shall so inform the petitioner and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, and the agency may initiate a rulemaking proceeding in accordance with Section 5-35 to consider revising the rule to accept compliance with the federal rule in a manner that is consistent with the purposes and relevant provisions of the State law.
        (4) If the agency determines that compliance with the
federal rule would satisfy the purposes and relevant provisions of the State law and the State rule involved, the agency shall issue a declaratory ruling indicating its intention to accept compliance with the federal rule as compliance with the State rule and the terms and conditions under which it intends to do so.
(Source: P.A. 87-823.)

5 ILCS 100/5-155

    (5 ILCS 100/5-155) (from Ch. 127, par. 1005-155)
    Sec. 5-155. References to this Act. After the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991, when rules contain references to Sections of this Act as they were numbered before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991, agencies shall within one year amend those rules to change the references to the Section numbers created by this amendatory Act of 1991. The amendment may be adopted by filing with the Secretary of State for publication in the Illinois Register a notice that lists the precise regulatory citations of the obsolete statutory references that are being revised and the new citation for each. Upon filing a notice, the agency shall also certify to the Secretary of State a copy of each rule that contains an amended citation for the Illinois Administrative Code. All such certified rules shall be adopted and effective immediately upon filing.
(Source: P.A. 87-823.)

5 ILCS 100/5-160

    (5 ILCS 100/5-160)
    Sec. 5-160. Certain provisions of the Illinois Public Aid Code control over provisions of this Act. In the event that any provisions of this Act are in conflict with the provisions of Section 4-2 of the Illinois Public Aid Code, the provisions of Section 4-2 of the Illinois Public Aid Code shall control.
(Source: P.A. 90-17, eff. 7-1-97.)

5 ILCS 100/5-165

    (5 ILCS 100/5-165)
    Sec. 5-165. Ex parte communications in rulemaking; special government agents.
    (a) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, this Section applies to ex parte communications made during the rulemaking process.
    (b) "Ex parte communication" means any written or oral communication by any person during the rulemaking period that imparts or requests material information or makes a material argument regarding potential action concerning an agency's general, emergency, or peremptory rulemaking under this Act and that is communicated to that agency, the head of that agency, or any other employee of that agency. For purposes of this Section, the rulemaking period begins upon the commencement of the first notice period with respect to general rulemaking under Section 5-40, upon the filing of a notice of emergency rulemaking under Section 5-45, or upon the filing of a notice of rulemaking with respect to peremptory rulemaking under Section 5-50. "Ex parte communication" does not include the following: (i) statements by a person publicly made in a public forum; (ii) statements regarding matters of procedure and practice, such as the format of public comments, the number of copies required, the manner of filing such comments, and the status of a rulemaking proceeding; and (iii) statements made by a State employee of that agency to the agency head or other employee of that agency.
    (c) An ex parte communication received by any agency, agency head, or other agency employee shall immediately be reported to that agency's ethics officer by the recipient of the communication and by any other employee of that agency who responds to the communication. The ethics officer shall require that the ex parte communication promptly be made a part of the record of the rulemaking proceeding. The ethics officer shall promptly file the ex parte communication with the Executive Ethics Commission, including all written communications, all written responses to the communications, and a memorandum prepared by the ethics officer stating the nature and substance of all oral communications, the identity and job title of the person to whom each communication was made, all responses made, the identity and job title of the person making each response, the identity of each person from whom the written or oral ex parte communication was received, the individual or entity represented by that person, any action the person requested or recommended, and any other pertinent information. The disclosure shall also contain the date of any ex parte communication.
    (d) Failure to take certain actions under this Section may constitute a violation as provided in Section 5-50 of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-615, eff. 11-19-03; 93-617, eff. 12-9-03.)

5 ILCS 100/Art. 10

    (5 ILCS 100/Art. 10 heading)

5 ILCS 100/10-5

    (5 ILCS 100/10-5) (from Ch. 127, par. 1010-5)
    Sec. 10-5. Rules required for hearings. All agencies shall adopt rules establishing procedures for contested case hearings.
(Source: P.A. 87-823.)

5 ILCS 100/10-10

    (5 ILCS 100/10-10) (from Ch. 127, par. 1010-10)
    Sec. 10-10. Components of rules. All agency rules establishing procedures for contested cases shall at a minimum comply with the provisions of this Article 10. In addition, agency rules establishing procedures may include, but need not be limited to, the following components: pre-hearing conferences, representation interview or deposition procedures, default procedures, selection of administrative law judges, the form of the final order, the standard of proof used, which agency official makes the final decision, representation of parties, subpoena request procedures, discovery and protective order procedures, and any review or appeal process within the agency.
(Source: P.A. 87-823.)

5 ILCS 100/10-15

    (5 ILCS 100/10-15) (from Ch. 127, par. 1010-15)
    Sec. 10-15. Standard of proof. Unless otherwise provided by law or stated in the agency's rules, the standard of proof in any contested case hearing conducted under this Act by an agency shall be the preponderance of the evidence.
(Source: P.A. 87-823.)

5 ILCS 100/10-20

    (5 ILCS 100/10-20) (from Ch. 127, par. 1010-20)
    Sec. 10-20. Qualifications of administrative law judges. All agencies shall adopt rules concerning the minimum qualifications of administrative law judges for contested case hearings. The agency head or an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois may act as an administrative law judge or panel for an agency without adopting any rules under this Section. These rules may be adopted using the procedures in either Section 5-15 or 5-35.
(Source: P.A. 87-823.)

5 ILCS 100/10-25

    (5 ILCS 100/10-25) (from Ch. 127, par. 1010-25)
    Sec. 10-25. Contested cases; notice; hearing.
    (a) In a contested case, all parties shall be afforded an opportunity for a hearing after reasonable notice. The notice shall be served personally or by certified or registered mail or as otherwise provided by law upon the parties or their agents appointed to receive service of process and shall include the following:
        (1) A statement of the time, place, and nature of the
        (2) A statement of the legal authority and
jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held.
        (3) A reference to the particular Sections of the
substantive and procedural statutes and rules involved.
        (4) Except where a more detailed statement is
otherwise provided for by law, a short and plain statement of the matters asserted, the consequences of a failure to respond, and the official file or other reference number.
        (5) The names and mailing addresses of the
administrative law judge, all parties, and all other persons to whom the agency gives notice of the hearing unless otherwise confidential by law.
    (b) An opportunity shall be afforded all parties to be represented by legal counsel and to respond and present evidence and argument.
    (c) Unless precluded by law, disposition may be made of any contested case by stipulation, agreed settlement, consent order, or default.
(Source: P.A. 87-823.)

5 ILCS 100/10-30

    (5 ILCS 100/10-30) (from Ch. 127, par. 1010-30)
    Sec. 10-30. Disqualification of administrative law judge.
    (a) The agency head, one or more members of the agency head, or any other person meeting the qualifications set forth by rule under Section 10-20 may be the administrative law judge.
    (b) The agency shall provide by rule for disqualification of an administrative law judge for bias or conflict of interest. An adverse ruling, in and of itself, shall not constitute bias or conflict of interest.
(Source: P.A. 87-823.)

5 ILCS 100/10-35

    (5 ILCS 100/10-35) (from Ch. 127, par. 1010-35)
    Sec. 10-35. Record in contested cases.
    (a) The record in a contested case shall include the following:
        (1) All pleadings (including all notices and
responses thereto), motions, and rulings.
        (2) All evidence received.
        (3) A statement of matters officially noticed.
        (4) Any offers of proof, objections, and rulings
        (5) Any proposed findings and exceptions.
        (6) Any decision, opinion, or report by the
administrative law judge.
        (7) All staff memoranda or data submitted to the
administrative law judge or members of the agency in connection with their consideration of the case that are inconsistent with Section 10-60.
        (8) Any communication prohibited by Section 10-60.
No such communication shall form the basis for any finding of fact.
    (b) Oral proceedings or any part thereof shall be recorded stenographically or by other means that will adequately insure the preservation of the testimony or oral proceedings and shall be transcribed on the request of any party.
    (c) Findings of fact shall be based exclusively on the evidence and on matters officially noticed.
(Source: P.A. 87-823.)

5 ILCS 100/10-40

    (5 ILCS 100/10-40) (from Ch. 127, par. 1010-40)
    Sec. 10-40. Rules of evidence; official notice. In contested cases:
    (a) Irrelevant, immaterial, or unduly repetitious evidence shall be excluded. The rules of evidence and privilege as applied in civil cases in the circuit courts of this State shall be followed. Evidence not admissible under those rules of evidence may be admitted, however, (except where precluded by statute) if it is of a type commonly relied upon by reasonably prudent men in the conduct of their affairs. Objections to evidentiary offers may be made and shall be noted in the record. Subject to these requirements, when a hearing will be expedited and the interests of the parties will not be prejudiced, any part of the evidence may be received in written form.
    (b) Subject to the evidentiary requirements of subsection (a) of this Section, a party may conduct cross-examination required for a full and fair disclosure of the facts.
    (c) Notice may be taken of matters of which the circuit courts of this State may take judicial notice. In addition, notice may be taken of generally recognized technical or scientific facts within the agency's specialized knowledge. Parties shall be notified either before or during the hearing, or by reference in preliminary reports or otherwise, of the material noticed, including any staff memoranda or data, and they shall be afforded an opportunity to contest the material so noticed. The agency's experience, technical competence, and specialized knowledge may be utilized in the evaluation of the evidence.
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)

5 ILCS 100/10-45

    (5 ILCS 100/10-45) (from Ch. 127, par. 1010-45)
    Sec. 10-45. Proposal for decision. Except where otherwise expressly provided by law, when in a contested case a majority of the officials of the agency who are to render the final decision has not heard the case or read the record, the decision, if adverse to a party to the proceeding other than the agency, shall not be made until a proposal for decision is served upon the parties and an opportunity is afforded to each party adversely affected to file exceptions and to present a brief and, if the agency so permits, oral argument to the agency officials who are to render the decision. The proposal for decision shall contain a statement of the reasons therefor and of each issue of fact or law necessary to the proposed decision and shall be prepared by the persons who conducted the hearing or one who has read the record.
(Source: P.A. 87-823.)