(225 ILCS 429/95)
Cease and desist orders.
(a) The Secretary may issue a cease and desist order to any debt settlement provider or other person doing
business without the required license when, in the opinion of the Secretary, the debt settlement provider or other person is violating or is about to violate any provision of the Act or any rule or condition imposed in writing by the Department.
(b) The Secretary may issue a cease and desist order prior to a hearing.
(c) The Secretary shall serve notice of his or her action, including a statement of the reasons for
his or her action either personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested. Service by mail shall be deemed completed if the notice is deposited in the U.S. Mail.
(d) Within 10 days after service of the cease and desist order, the licensee or other person
may request, in writing, a hearing.
(e) The Secretary shall schedule a hearing within 30 days after the request for a hearing
unless otherwise agreed to by the parties.
(f) If it is determined that the Secretary had the authority to issue the cease and desist
order, then he or she may issue such orders as may be reasonably necessary to correct, eliminate, or remedy that conduct.
(g) The powers vested in the Secretary by this Section are additional to any and all other
powers and remedies vested in the Secretary by law, and nothing in this Section shall be construed as requiring that the Secretary shall employ the power conferred in this Section instead of or as a condition precedent to the exercise of any other power or remedy vested in the Secretary.
(h) The cost for the administrative hearing shall be set by rule.
(Source: P.A. 96-1420, eff. 8-3-10.)