(215 ILCS 5/1555)
License denial, nonrenewal, or revocation.
(a) The Director may place on probation, suspend, revoke, deny, or refuse to issue or renew a public adjuster's license or may levy a civil penalty or any combination of actions, for any one or more of the following causes:
(1) providing incorrect, misleading, incomplete, or
materially untrue information in the license application;
(2) violating any insurance laws, or violating any
regulation, subpoena, or order of the Director or of another state's Director;
(3) obtaining or attempting to obtain a license
through misrepresentation or fraud;
(4) improperly withholding, misappropriating, or
converting any monies or properties received in the course of doing insurance business;
(5) intentionally misrepresenting the terms of an
actual or proposed insurance contract or application for insurance;
(6) having been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor
involving dishonesty or fraud, unless the individual demonstrates to the Director sufficient rehabilitation to warrant the public trust; consideration of such conviction of an applicant shall be in accordance with Section 1550;
(7) having admitted or been found to have committed
any insurance unfair trade practice or insurance fraud;
(8) using fraudulent, coercive, or dishonest
practices; or demonstrating incompetence, untrustworthiness, or financial irresponsibility in the conduct of business in this State or elsewhere;
(9) having an insurance license or public adjuster
license or its equivalent, denied, suspended, or revoked in any other state, province, district, or territory;
(10) forging another's name to an application for
insurance or to any document related to an insurance transaction;
(11) cheating, including improperly using notes or
any other reference material, to complete an examination for an insurance license or public adjuster license;
(12) knowingly accepting insurance business from or
transacting business with an individual who is not licensed but who is required to be licensed by the Director;
(13) failing to comply with an administrative or
court order imposing a child support obligation;
(14) failing to pay State income tax or comply with
any administrative or court order directing payment of State income tax;
(15) failing to comply with or having violated any of
the standards set forth in Section 1590 of this Law; or
(16) failing to maintain the records required by
Section 1585 of this Law.
(b) If the action by the Director is to nonrenew, suspend, or revoke a license or to deny an application for a license, the Director shall notify the applicant or licensee and advise, in writing, the applicant or licensee of the reason for the suspension, revocation, denial, or nonrenewal of the applicant's or licensee's license. The applicant or licensee may make written demand upon the Director within 30 days after the date of mailing for a hearing before the Director to determine the reasonableness of the Director's action. The hearing must be held within not fewer than 20 days nor more than 30 days after the mailing of the notice of hearing and shall be held pursuant to 50 Ill. Adm. Code 2402.
(c) The license of a business entity may be suspended, revoked, or refused if the Director finds, after hearing, that an individual licensee's violation was known or should have been known by one or more of the partners, officers, or managers acting on behalf of the business entity and the violation was neither reported to the Director, nor corrective action taken.
(d) In addition to or in lieu of any applicable denial, suspension or revocation of a license, a person may, after hearing, be subject to a civil penalty. In addition to or instead of any applicable denial, suspension, or revocation of a license, a person may, after hearing, be subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each cause for denial, suspension, or revocation, however, the civil penalty may total no more than $100,000.
(e) The Director shall retain the authority to enforce the provisions of and impose any penalty or remedy authorized by this Article against any person who is under investigation for or charged with a violation of this Article even if the person's license or registration has been surrendered or has lapsed by operation of law.
(f) Any individual whose public adjuster's license is revoked or whose application is denied pursuant to this Section shall be ineligible to apply for a public adjuster's license for 5 years. A suspension pursuant to this Section may be for any period of time up to 5 years.
(Source: P.A. 100-286, eff. 1-1-18