(225 ILCS 80/26.1) (from Ch. 111, par. 3926.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
    Sec. 26.1. Injunctions; criminal offenses; cease and desist orders.
    (a) If any person violates the provision of this Act, the Secretary may, in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, through the Attorney General of the State of Illinois, or the State's Attorney of any county in which the action is brought, petition for an order enjoining such violation or for an order enforcing compliance with this Act. Upon the filing of a verified petition in court, the court may issue a temporary restraining order, without notice or bond, and may preliminarily and permanently enjoin such violation, and if it is established that such person has violated or is violating the injunction, the Court may punish the offender for contempt of court. Proceedings under this Section shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, all other remedies and penalties provided by this Act.
    (b) If any person shall practice as an optometrist or hold himself or herself out as an optometrist without being licensed under the provisions of this Act then any licensed optometrist, any interested party or any person injured thereby may, in addition to the Secretary, petition for relief as provided in subsection (a) of this Section.
    Whoever knowingly practices or offers to practice optometry in this State without being licensed for that purpose shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and for each subsequent conviction, shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, all criminal fines, monies, or other property collected or received by the Department under this Section or any other State or federal statute, including, but not limited to, property forfeited to the Department under Section 505 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act or Section 85 of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, shall be deposited into the Optometric Licensing and Disciplinary Board Fund.
    (c) Whenever in the opinion of the Department any person violates any provision of this Act, the Department may issue a rule to show cause why an order to cease and desist should not be entered against him. The rule shall clearly set forth the grounds relied upon by the Department and shall provide a period of 7 days from the date of the rule to file an answer to the satisfaction of the Department. Failure to answer to the satisfaction of the Department shall cause an order to cease and desist to be issued forthwith.
(Source: P.A. 94-556, eff. 9-11-05; 94-787, eff. 5-19-06.)