(430 ILCS 75/16) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 3217)
    Sec. 16. Appeals; appointment of hearing officer. Any person aggrieved by an order or act of the State Fire Marshal, or the Chief Inspector, under this Act may, within 15 days after notice thereof, appeal from the order or act to the Board which shall, within 30 days thereafter, hold a hearing after having given at least 10 days written notice to all interested parties. The Board shall, within 30 days after the hearing, issue an appropriate order either approving or disapproving the order or act. A copy of the order by the Board shall be given to all interested parties.
    The Board has the authority to appoint any attorney duly licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois to serve as the hearing officer in any action. The hearing officer has full authority to conduct the hearing. The Board has the right to have at least one member present at any hearing conducted by the hearing officer. The hearing officer shall report his findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations to the Board. The Board shall have 60 days from receipt of the report to review the report of the hearing officer and issue an order based on the report of the hearing officer.
    All final administrative decisions of the Board hereunder shall be subject to judicial review pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 87-1169.)