(b) Civil penalties. Unless otherwise provided in this Act, any person who operates an amusement ride or amusement attraction without having obtained a permit from the Department in violation of this Act is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $2,500 per violation for a first violation and not to exceed $5,000 for a second or subsequent violation.
Prior to any determination, or the imposition of any civil penalty, under this subsection (b), the Department shall notify the operator in writing of the alleged violation. The Department shall afford the operator 10 working days after the date of the notice to request a hearing. Upon written request of the operator, the Department shall schedule a formal administrative hearing in compliance with Article 10 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act and the Department's rules of procedure in administrative hearings, except that formal discovery, such as production requests, interrogatories, requests to admit, and depositions shall not be allowed. The parties shall exchange documents and witness lists prior to hearing and may request third party subpoenas to be issued. The final determination by the Department of Labor shall be rendered within 5 working days after the conclusion of the hearing. Final determinations made under this Section are subject to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law. In determining the amount of a penalty, the Director may consider the appropriateness of the penalty to the person or entity charged, upon determination of the gravity of the violation. The penalties, when finally determined, may be recovered in a civil action brought by the Director of Labor in any circuit court. In this litigation, the Director of Labor shall be represented by the Attorney General.
(Source: P.A. 98-541, eff. 8-23-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14; 98-769, eff. 1-1-15