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(205 ILCS 205/1004)
(from Ch. 17, par. 7301-4)
(a) This Act shall apply to all financial institutions no
matter how named or chartered, if they comply with the
provisions of this Act and with the rules of the Commissioner
promulgated pursuant to this Act.
(b) No person or group of persons, except a savings bank duly organized
or authorized under this Act, a predecessor Act, or a federal Act may
transact business within the scope of this Act or do business under any
name or title or circulate or use any advertising or make any
representations or give any information to anyone using any media,
including electronic media, that indicates or implies the operation of a
business within the scope of this Act. Nothing herein
shall prohibit the continued use of the name or title "savings bank" by any
bank or savings and loan association if the use of that name or title was
in effect before January 1, 1990.
(c) Except as otherwise expressly permitted by law or with the written consent of the savings bank, no person or group of persons may use the name of or a name similar to the name of an existing savings bank when marketing or soliciting business from customers or prospective customers if the name or similar name is used in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to believe that the marketing material or solicitation originated from or is endorsed by the existing savings bank or that the existing savings bank is in any other way responsible for the marketing material or solicitation.
(d) Any person who violates subsection (b) of this Section commits a business offense and shall be fined in an amount not to exceed $5,000.
(e) In addition to any other available remedies, any existing savings bank may report an alleged violation of any provision of this Section to the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation. If the Secretary finds that any person or group of persons is in violation of any provision of this Section, then the Secretary may direct that person or group of persons to cease and desist from that violation. If the Secretary issues a cease and desist order against any person or group of persons for violation of subsection (c), then the order must require that person or group of persons to cease and desist from using the offending marketing material or solicitation in Illinois.
If the person or group of persons against whom the Secretary issued the cease and desist order persists in the violation, then the Secretary may impose a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation. Each day that a person or group of persons is in violation of this Section constitutes a separate violation of this Section and each instance in which marketing material or a solicitation is sent in violation of subsection (c) constitutes a separate violation of this Section.
(f) The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may adopt rules to administer the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-833, eff. 6-6-06.)