(110 ILCS 992/15-15)
    Sec. 15-15. Application process; investigation; fees.
    (a) The Secretary shall issue a license upon completion of all of the following:
        (1) the filing of an application for license with the
Secretary or the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry as approved by the Secretary;
        (2) the filing with the Secretary of a listing of
judgments entered against, and bankruptcy petitions by, the license applicant for the preceding 10 years;
        (3) the payment, in certified funds, of investigation
and application fees, the total of which shall be in an amount equal to $1,000 for an initial application and $800 for a background investigation;
        (4) the filing of an audited balance sheet, including
all footnotes prepared by a certified public accountant in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and generally accepted auditing standards; notwithstanding the requirements of this subsection, an applicant that is a subsidiary may submit audited consolidated financial statements of its parent, intermediary parent, or ultimate parent as long as the consolidated statements are supported by consolidating statements that include the applicant's financial statement; if the consolidating statements are unaudited, the applicant's chief financial officer shall attest to the applicant's financial statements disclosed in the consolidating statements; and
        (5) an investigation of the averments required by
Section 15-30, which investigation must allow the Secretary to issue positive findings stating that the financial responsibility, experience, character, and general fitness of the license applicant and of the members thereof if the license applicant is a partnership or association, of the officers and directors thereof if the license applicant is a corporation, and of the managers and members that retain any authority or responsibility under the operating agreement if the license applicant is a limited liability company, are such as to command the confidence of the community and to warrant belief that the business will be operated honestly, fairly, and efficiently within the purpose of this Act; if the Secretary does not so find, he or she shall not issue the license, and he or she shall notify the license applicant of the denial.
    The Secretary may impose conditions on a license if the Secretary determines that those conditions are necessary or appropriate. These conditions shall be imposed in writing and shall continue in effect for the period prescribed by the Secretary.
    (b) All licenses shall be issued to the license applicant. Upon receipt of the license, a student loan servicing licensee shall be authorized to engage in the business regulated by this Act. The license shall remain in full force and effect until it expires without renewal, is surrendered by the licensee, or revoked or suspended as hereinafter provided.
(Source: P.A. 100-540, eff. 12-31-18; 100-1153, eff. 12-19-18.)