(205 ILCS 405/3)
(from Ch. 17, par. 4804)
Powers of community currency exchanges.
No community or
ambulatory currency exchange shall be
permitted to accept money or evidences of money as a deposit to be
returned to the depositor or upon the depositor's order. No
community or ambulatory currency exchange shall be permitted to act as
bailee or agent for persons, firms, partnerships, limited liability
companies, associations or
corporations to hold money or evidences thereof or the proceeds
therefrom for the use and benefit of the owners thereof, and deliver
such money or proceeds of evidence of money upon request and direction
of such owner or owners. Nothing in this Act shall prevent a currency exchange from accepting any check without regard to the date imprinted on the check, subject to Section 4-404 of the Uniform Commercial Code, as long as the check is immediately cashed, deposited, and processed in the ordinary course of business. A community or ambulatory currency exchange is permitted to engage in, and charge a fee for, the following activities, either directly or as a third-party agent: (i) cashing of checks, drafts, money orders, or any other evidences of money acceptable to the currency exchange, (ii) selling or issuing money orders, (iii) obtaining reports, certificates, governmental permits, licenses, and vital statistics and the preparation of necessary applications to obtain the same, (iv) the sale and distribution of bond cards, (v) obtaining, distributing, providing, or selling: State vehicle registration renewals, title transfers and tax remittance forms, city vehicle licenses, and other governmental services, (vi) photocopying and sending and receiving facsimile transmissions, (vii) notary service either by the proprietor of the currency exchange or any currency exchange employee, authorized by the State to act as a notary public, (viii) issuance of travelers checks obtained by the currency exchange from a banking institution under a trust receipt, (ix) accepting for payment utility and other companies' bills, (x) issuance and acceptance of any third-party debit, credit, gift, or stored value card and loading or unloading, (xi) on-premises automated cash dispensing machines, (xii) sale of rolled coin and paper money, (xiii) exchange of foreign currency through a third-party, (xiv) sale of cards, passes, or tokens for public transit, (xv) providing mail box service, (xvi) sale of phone cards and other pre-paid telecommunication services, (xvii) on-premises public telephone, (xviii) sale of U.S. postage, (xix) money transmission through a licensed third-party money transmitter, (xx) sale of candy, gum, other packaged foods, soft drinks, and other products and services by means of on-premises vending machines and self-service automated terminals, (xxi) transmittal of documents or information upon the request of a consumer, (xxii) providing access to consumers of third-party travel reservation and ticketing services, and (xxiii) other products and services as may be approved by the Secretary. A currency exchange may offer, for no charge and with no required transaction, advertising upon and about the premises and distribution to consumers of advertising and other materials of any legal product or service that is not misleading to the public.
Any community or ambulatory currency exchange may enter into
agreements with any utility and other companies to act as the companies'
agent for the acceptance of payment of utility and other
companies' bills without charge
to the customer and,
acting under such agreement, may receipt for payments in the
names of the utility and other companies. Any community or
ambulatory currency exchange may also receive payment of
utility and other companies' bills for remittance to companies
with which it has no such agency agreement and may charge a fee
for such service but may not, in such cases, issue a receipt for such
payment in the names of the utility and other companies.
However, funds received by currency exchanges for remittance
to utility and other companies with which the currency exchange
has no agency agreement shall be forwarded to the appropriate
utility and other companies by the currency exchange before the
end of the next business day.
For the purpose of this Section, "utility and other companies" means any utility company and other company with which the currency exchange may or may not have a contractual agreement and for which the currency exchange accepts payments from consumers for remittance to the utility or other company for the payment of bills.
(Source: P.A. 99-445, eff. 1-1-16