(225 ILCS 441/15-55)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
    Sec. 15-55. Returned checks; penalty fee; termination. A person who delivers a check or other payment to the Department that is returned to the Department unpaid by the financial institution upon which it was drawn shall pay to the Department, in addition to the amount already owed, a penalty fee of $50. The Department shall notify the person, by certified mail return receipt requested, that his or her check or payment was returned and that the person shall pay to the Department by certified check or money order the amount of the returned check plus a $50 penalty fee within 30 calendar days after the date of the notification. If, after the expiration of 30 calendar days of the notification, the person has failed to remit the necessary funds and penalty, the Department shall automatically terminate the license or deny the application without hearing. If the returned check or other payment was for issuance of a license under this Act and that person practices as a home inspector, that person may be subject to discipline for unlicensed practice as provided in this Act. If, after termination or denial, the person seeks a license, he or she shall petition the Department for restoration and he or she may be subject to additional discipline or fines. The Secretary may waive the penalties or fines due under this Section in individual cases where the Secretary finds that the penalties or fines would be unreasonable or unnecessarily burdensome.
(Source: P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
    Sec. 15-55. Returned checks and dishonored credit card charges; penalty fee; revocation. A person who (1) delivers a check or other payment to the Department that is returned to the Department unpaid by the financial institution upon which it was drawn shall pay to the Department; or (2) presents a credit or debit card for payment that is invalid or expired or against which charges by the Department are declined or dishonored, in addition to the amount already owed, a penalty fee of $50. The Department shall notify the person that the check or payment was returned or that the credit card charge was dishonored and that the person shall pay to the Department by certified check or money order the amount of the returned check plus a $50 penalty fee within 30 calendar days after the date of the notification. If, after the expiration of 30 calendar days of the notification, the person has failed to remit the necessary funds and penalty, the Department shall automatically revoke the license or deny the application without hearing. If the returned check or other payment was for issuance of a license under this Act and that person practices as a home inspector, that person may be subject to discipline for unlicensed practice as provided in this Act. If, after revocation or denial, the person seeks a license, the applicant or licensee shall petition the Department for restoration or issuance of the license and may be subject to additional discipline or fines. The Secretary may waive the penalties or fines due under this Section in individual cases where the Secretary finds that the penalties or fines would be unreasonable or unnecessarily burdensome.
(Source: P.A. 102-20, eff. 1-1-22.)