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(225 ILCS 305/22)
(from Ch. 111, par. 1322)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2030)
Grounds for disciplinary action.
(a) The Department may refuse to issue or
renew a license or may
revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action the Department may deem proper, including fines not to exceed $10,000 for each violation, with regard to any license issued under this Act, for any one or a combination of the following reasons:
(1) Material misstatement in furnishing information
(2) Negligence, incompetence, or misconduct in the
practice of architecture.
(3) Failure to comply with any of the provisions of
this Act or any of the rules.
(4) Fraud or any misrepresentation in applying for or
procuring a license or registration under this Act or in connection with applying for renewal or restoration of a license or registration under this Act.
(5) Purposefully making false statements or signing
false statements, certificates or affidavits to induce payment.
(6) Conviction of or entry of a plea of guilty or
nolo contendere, finding of guilt, jury verdict, or entry of judgment or sentencing, including, but not limited to, convictions, preceding sentences of supervision, conditional discharge, or first offender probation under the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States that is (i) a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, that is directly related to the practice of the profession of architecture or (ii) a felony.
(7) Aiding or assisting another in violating any
provision of this Act or the rules adopted under this Act.
(8) Failing to provide information in response to a
written request made by the Department within 60 days after receipt of the written request.
(9) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical or
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public.
(10) Habitual or excessive use or abuse of drugs
defined in law as controlled substances, alcohol, narcotics, stimulants, or any other substances that results in the inability to practice with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety.
(11) Making a statement of compliance pursuant to the
Environmental Barriers Act that technical submissions prepared by the architect or prepared under the architect's responsible control for construction or alteration of an occupancy required to be in compliance with the Environmental Barriers Act are in compliance with the Environmental Barriers Act when such technical submissions are not in compliance.
(12) A finding by the Department that an applicant or
licensee has failed to pay a fine imposed by the Department.
(13) A finding by the Department that the licensee,
after having his or her license placed on probationary status, has violated or failed to comply with the terms of probation.
(14) Inability to practice the profession with
reasonable judgment, skill, or safety as a result of physical illness, including, but not limited to, deterioration through the aging process, loss of motor skill, mental illness, or disability.
(15) Discipline by another state, territory, foreign
country, the District of Columbia, the United States government, or any other governmental agency if at least one of the grounds for discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth in this Act.
(16) The making of any willfully false oath or
affirmation in any matter or proceeding where an oath or affirmation is required by this Act.
(17) Using or attempting to use an expired,
inactive, suspended, or revoked license or the certificate or seal of another or impersonating another licensee.
(19) Signing, affixing, or allowing the architect's
seal to be affixed to any technical submission not prepared by the architect or under the architect's responsible control.
(a-5) In enforcing this Section, the Department or Board, upon a showing of a possible violation, may order a licensee or applicant to submit to a mental or physical examination, or both, at the expense of the Department. The Department or Board may order the examining physician to present testimony concerning his or her examination of the licensee or applicant. No information shall be excluded by reason of any common law or statutory privilege relating to communications between the licensee or applicant and the examining physician. The examining physicians shall be specifically designated by the Board or Department. The licensee or applicant may have, at his or her own expense, another physician of his or her choice present during all aspects of the examination. Failure of a licensee or applicant to submit to any such examination when directed, without reasonable cause as defined by rule, shall be grounds for either the immediate suspension of his or her license or immediate denial of his or her application.
If the Secretary immediately suspends the license of a licensee for his or her failure to submit to a mental or physical examination when directed, a hearing must be convened by the Department within 15 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable delay.
If the Secretary otherwise suspends a license pursuant to the results of the licensee's mental or physical examination, a hearing must be convened by the Department within 15 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable delay. The Department and Board shall have the authority to review the licensee's record of treatment and counseling regarding the relevant impairment or impairments to the extent permitted by applicable federal statutes and regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of medical records.
Any licensee suspended under this subsection (a-5) shall be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate to the Department or Board that he or she can resume practice in compliance with the acceptable and prevailing standards under the provisions of his or her license.
(b) The determination by a circuit court that a licensee is subject to
involuntary admission or judicial admission, as provided in the Mental
Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, operates as an automatic
suspension. Such suspension will end only upon a finding by a court that
the patient is no longer subject to involuntary admission or judicial
admission, the issuance of an order so finding and discharging the patient, and
the recommendation of the Board to the Secretary that the licensee be
allowed to resume practice.
(d) If the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (formerly the Department of Public Aid) has previously determined that a licensee or a potential licensee is more than 30 days delinquent in the payment of child support and has subsequently certified the delinquency to the Department, the Department shall refuse to issue or renew or shall revoke or suspend that person's license or shall take other disciplinary action against that person based solely upon the certification of delinquency made by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services in accordance with subdivision (a)(5) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(e) The Department shall refuse to issue or renew or shall revoke or suspend a person's license or entity's registration or shall take other disciplinary action against that person or entity for his or her failure to file a return, to pay the tax, penalty, or interest shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty, or interest as required by any tax Act administered by the Department of Revenue, until the requirements of the tax Act are satisfied in accordance with subsection (g) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(f) Persons who assist the Department as consultants or expert witnesses in
the investigation or prosecution of alleged violations of the Act,
licensure matters, restoration proceedings, or criminal prosecutions, shall
not be liable for damages in any civil action or proceeding as a result of
such assistance, except upon proof of actual malice. The attorney general
shall defend such persons in any such action or proceeding.
(Source: P.A. 100-872, eff. 8-14-18; 101-346, eff. 8-9-19.)