(215 ILCS 5/132.4) (from Ch. 73, par. 744.4)
    Sec. 132.4. Conduct of examinations.
    (a) Upon determining that an examination should be conducted, the Director or his designee shall issue an examination warrant appointing one or more examiners to perform the examination and instructing them as to the scope of the examination. In conducting the examination, the examiner shall observe those guidelines and procedures set forth in the Examiners' Handbook adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The Director may also employ other guidelines or procedures as the Director may deem appropriate.
    (b) Every company or person from whom information is sought and its officers, directors, and agents must provide to the examiners appointed under subsection (a) timely, convenient, and free access, at all reasonable hours at its offices, to all books, records, accounts, papers, documents, and any or all computer or other recordings relating to the property, assets, business, and affairs of the company being examined. The officers, directors, employees, and agents of the company or person must facilitate the examination and aid in the examination so far as it is in their power to do so. The refusal of any company or its officers, directors, employees, and agents to submit to examination or to comply with any reasonable written request of the examiners shall be grounds for suspension, refusal, or nonrenewal of any license or authority held by the company to engage in an insurance or other business subject to the Director's jurisdiction. Any proceedings for suspension, revocation, or refusal of any license or authority shall be conducted under the procedures set forth in Section 401.1 of this Code. Evidence of refusal to submit to examination or to comply with reasonable written requests of examiners shall establish a rebuttable presumption that the conduct of the company's business and affairs is hazardous to its policyholders and the public and may cause irreparable loss and injury to others so long as the refusal to submit or to comply with the examination continues.
    (c) The Director or any of his examiners shall have the power to issue subpoenas, to administer oaths, and to examine under oath any person as to any matter pertinent to the examination. Subpoenas may be enforced under the provisions of Section 403 of this Code.
    (d) When making an examination, the Director may retain, in consultation with the company being examined, attorneys, appraisers, independent actuaries, independent certified public accountants, or other professionals and specialists as examiners, the cost of which shall be borne by the company that is the subject of the examination.
    (e) Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to limit the Director's authority to terminate or suspend any examination in order to pursue other legal or regulatory action under the insurance laws of this State. Findings of fact and conclusions made in the course of any examination shall be prima facie evidence in any legal or regulatory action.
    (f) Nothing contained in this Code shall be construed to limit the Director's authority to use and, if appropriate, to make public any final or preliminary examination report, any examiner or company work papers or other documents, or any other information discovered or developed during the course of any examination in the furtherance of any legal or regulatory action that the Director may, in his sole discretion, deem appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 87-108.)