(225 ILCS 407/20-43)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2030)
Investigations; notice and hearing.
The Department may investigate the actions or qualifications of any applicant, unlicensed person, or person rendering or offering to render auction services, or holding or claiming to hold a license as a licensed auctioneer. At least 30 days before any disciplinary hearing under this Act, the Department shall: (i) notify the accused in writing of the charges made and the time and place of the hearing; (ii) direct the accused to file with the Board a written answer under oath to the charges within 20 days of receiving service of the notice; and (iii) inform the accused that if he or she fails to file an answer to the charges within 20 days of receiving service of the notice, a default judgment may be entered against him or her, or his or her license may be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or other disciplinary action taken with regard to the license as the Department may consider proper, including, but not limited to, limiting the scope, nature, or extent of the licensee's practice, or imposing a fine.
At the time and place of the hearing fixed in the notice, the Board shall proceed to hear the charges and the accused or his or her counsel shall be accorded ample opportunity to present any pertinent statements, testimony, evidence, and arguments in his or her defense. The Board may continue the hearing when it deems it appropriate.
Notice of the hearing may be served by personal delivery, by certified mail, or, at the discretion of the Department, by an electronic means to the licensee's last known address or email address of record.
(Source: P.A. 101-345, eff. 8-9-19.)