(225 ILCS 203/75)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
Formal charges; hearing.
(a) Following the investigative process, the State Fire Marshal may
file formal charges against a licensee. Formal charges shall, at
a minimum, inform the licensee of specific facts that are the basis of the
charge to enable the licensee to defend himself or herself.
(b) Each licensee whose conduct is the subject of a formal charge that
seeks to impose disciplinary action against the licensee shall be served
notice of the formal charge at least 30 days before the date of the hearing.
The hearing shall be presided over by the Board or a hearing officer
authorized by the Board in compliance with the Illinois Administrative
Procedure Act. Service shall be considered to have been
given if the notice was personally received by the licensee or if the notice
was mailed certified, return requested to the licensee at the licensee's
last known address as listed with the State Fire Marshal.
(c) The notice of a formal charge shall consist, at a minimum, of the
(1) The time, place, and date of the hearing.
(2) A statement that the licensee shall appear
personally at the hearing and may be represented by counsel.
(3) A statement that the licensee has the right to
produce witnesses and evidence in his or her behalf and the right to cross-examine witnesses and evidence produced against him or her.
(4) A statement that the hearing can result in
disciplinary action being taken against his or her license.
(5) A statement that rules for the conduct of these
hearings exist and it may be in his or her best interest to obtain a copy.
(6) A statement that the hearing officer authorized
by the Board shall preside at the hearing and following the conclusion of the hearing shall make findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations, separately stated, to the Board as to what disciplinary action, if any, should be imposed on the licensee.
(7) A statement that the Board may continue such
(d) The Board or the hearing officer authorized by the Board shall
hear evidence produced in support of the formal charges and contrary evidence
produced by the licensee, if any. If the hearing is conducted by a
hearing officer, at the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing officer shall
make findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations, separately
stated, and submit them to the Board and to all parties to the proceeding.
Submission to the licensee shall be considered as having
been made if done in a similar fashion as service of the notice of formal
charges. Within 20 days after such service, any party to the proceeding
may present to the Board a motion, in writing, for a rehearing. The written
motion shall specify the particular grounds for the rehearing.
(e) The Board, following the time allowed for filing a motion
shall review the hearing officer's findings of fact, conclusions of law,
and any motions filed subsequent thereto. After review of the information
the Board may hear oral arguments and thereafter shall issue such
The report of findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations of
the hearing officer shall be the basis for the Board's order.
If the Board
finds that substantial justice was not done, it may issue an order in
(f) All proceedings pursuant to this Section are matters of public record
and shall be preserved.
(Source: P.A. 89-467, eff. 1-1-97