(225 ILCS 407/20-15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2030)
    Sec. 20-15. Disciplinary actions; grounds. The Department may refuse to issue or renew a license, may place on probation or administrative supervision, suspend, or revoke any license or may reprimand or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action as the Department may deem proper, including the imposition of fines not to exceed $10,000 for each violation upon anyone licensed under this Act for any of the following reasons:
        (1) False or fraudulent representation or material
misstatement in furnishing information to the Department in obtaining or seeking to obtain a license.
        (2) Violation of any provision of this Act or the
rules adopted under this Act.
        (3) Conviction of or entry of a plea of guilty or
nolo contendere to any crime that is a felony under the laws of the United States or any state or territory thereof, or that is a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or any crime that is directly related to the practice of the profession.
        (3.5) Failing to notify the Department of any
criminal conviction that occurs during the licensee's term of licensure within 30 days after the conviction.
        (4) Being adjudged to be a person under legal
disability or subject to involuntary admission or to meet the standard for judicial admission as provided in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code.
        (5) Discipline of a licensee by another state, the
District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, a foreign nation, a governmental agency, or any other entity authorized to impose discipline if at least one of the grounds for that discipline is the same as or the equivalent to one of the grounds for discipline set forth in this Act or for failing to report to the Department, within 30 days, any adverse final action taken against the licensee by any other licensing jurisdiction, government agency, law enforcement agency, or court, or liability for conduct that would constitute grounds for action as set forth in this Act.
        (6) Engaging in the practice of auctioneering,
conducting an auction, or providing an auction service without a license or after the license was expired, revoked, suspended, or terminated or while the license was inoperative.
        (7) Attempting to subvert or cheat on the auctioneer
exam or any continuing education exam, or aiding or abetting another to do the same.
        (8) Directly or indirectly giving to or receiving
from a person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association a fee, commission, rebate, or other form of compensation for professional service not actually or personally rendered, except that an auctioneer licensed under this Act may receive a fee from another licensed auctioneer from this State or jurisdiction for the referring of a client or prospect for auction services to the licensed auctioneer.
        (9) Making any substantial misrepresentation or
untruthful advertising.
        (10) Making any false promises of a character likely
to influence, persuade, or induce.
        (11) Pursuing a continued and flagrant course of
misrepresentation or the making of false promises through a licensee, agent, employee, advertising, or otherwise.
        (12) Any misleading or untruthful advertising, or
using any trade name or insignia of membership in any auctioneer association or organization of which the licensee is not a member.
        (13) Commingling funds of others with his or her own
funds or failing to keep the funds of others in an escrow or trustee account.
        (14) Failure to account for, remit, or return any
moneys, property, or documents coming into his or her possession that belong to others, acquired through the practice of auctioneering, conducting an auction, or providing an auction service within 30 days of the written request from the owner of said moneys, property, or documents.
        (15) Failure to maintain and deposit into a special
account, separate and apart from any personal or other business accounts, all moneys belonging to others entrusted to a licensee while acting as an auctioneer, auction firm, or as a temporary custodian of the funds of others.
        (16) Failure to make available to Department
personnel during normal business hours all escrow and trustee records and related documents maintained in connection with the practice of auctioneering, conducting an auction, or providing an auction service within 24 hours after a request from Department personnel.
        (17) Making or filing false records or reports in his
or her practice, including but not limited to false records or reports filed with State agencies.
        (18) Failing to voluntarily furnish copies of all
written instruments prepared by the auctioneer and signed by all parties to all parties at the time of execution.
        (19) Failing to provide information within 30 days in
response to a written request made by the Department.
        (20) Engaging in any act that constitutes a violation
of Section 2-102, 3-103, or 3-105 of the Illinois Human Rights Act.
        (21) (Blank).
        (22) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.
        (23) Offering or advertising real estate for sale or
lease at auction without a valid broker or managing broker's license under the Real Estate License Act of 1983, or any successor Act, unless exempt from licensure under the terms of the Real Estate License Act of 2000, or any successor Act, except as provided in Section 5-32 of the Real Estate License Act of 2000.
        (24) Inability to practice the profession with
reasonable judgment, skill, or safety as a result of a physical illness, including, but not limited to, deterioration through the aging process or loss of motor skill, or a mental illness or disability.
        (25) A pattern of practice or other behavior that
demonstrates incapacity or incompetence to practice under this Act.
        (26) Being named as a perpetrator in an indicated
report by the Department of Children and Family Services under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and upon proof by clear and convincing evidence that the licensee has caused a child to be an abused child or a neglected child as defined in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
        (27) Inability to practice with reasonable judgment,
skill, or safety as a result of habitual or excessive use or addiction to alcohol, narcotics, stimulants, or any other chemical agent or drug.
        (28) Willfully failing to report an instance of
suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
    The entry of an order by a circuit court establishing that any person holding a license under this Act is subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission, as provided in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, operates as an automatic suspension of that license. That person may have his or her license restored only upon the determination by a circuit court that the patient is no longer subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission and the issuance of an order so finding and discharging the patient and upon the Board's recommendation to the Department that the license be restored. Where circumstances so indicate, the Board may recommend to the Department that it require an examination prior to restoring a suspended license.
    If the Department or Board finds an individual unable to practice because of the reasons set forth in this Section, the Department or Board may require that individual to submit to care, counseling, or treatment by physicians approved or designated by the Department or Board, as a condition, term, or restriction for continued, reinstated, or renewed licensure to practice; or, in lieu of care, counseling, or treatment, the Department may file, or the Board may recommend to the Department to file, a complaint to immediately suspend, revoke, or otherwise discipline the license of the individual. An individual whose license was granted, continued, reinstated, renewed, disciplined or supervised subject to such terms, conditions, or restrictions, and who fails to comply with such terms, conditions, or restrictions, shall be referred to the Secretary for a determination as to whether the individual shall have his or her license suspended immediately, pending a hearing by the Department. If the Secretary immediately suspends a person's license under this Section, a hearing on that person's license must be convened by the Department within 21 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable delay. The Department and Board shall have the authority to review the subject individual's record of treatment and counseling regarding the impairment to the extent permitted by applicable federal statutes and regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of medical records.
    An individual licensed under this Act and affected under this Section shall be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate to the Department or Board that he or she can resume practice in compliance with acceptable and prevailing standards under his or her license.
    In enforcing this Section, the Department or Board, upon a showing of a possible violation, may compel an individual licensed to practice under this Act, or who has applied for licensure under this Act, to submit to a mental or physical examination, or both, as required by and at the expense of the Department. The Department or Board may order the examining physician to present testimony concerning the mental or physical examination of the licensee or applicant. No information shall be excluded by reason of any common law or statutory privilege relating to communications between the licensee or applicant and the examining physician. The examining physicians shall be specifically designated by the Board or Department. The individual to be examined may have, at his or her own expense, another physician of his or her choice present during all aspects of this examination. Failure of an individual to submit to a mental or physical examination when directed shall be grounds for suspension of his or her license until the individual submits to the examination, if the Department finds that, after notice and hearing, the refusal to submit to the examination was without reasonable cause.
(Source: P.A. 101-345, eff. 8-9-19.)