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(815 ILCS 305/) Automatic Telephone Dialers Act.

815 ILCS 305/1

    (815 ILCS 305/1) (from Ch. 134, par. 101)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Automatic Telephone Dialers Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-275.)

815 ILCS 305/5

    (815 ILCS 305/5) (from Ch. 134, par. 105)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. For purpose of this Act:
    (a) "Autodialer" or "Autodialer System" means any telephone dialing or accessing device, machine, computer or system capable of storing telephone numbers which is programmed to sequentially or randomly access the stored telephone numbers in order to automatically connect a telephone with a recorded message, the term does not include any device associated with a burglar alarm system, voice message system or fire alarm system.
    (b) "Emergency Telephone Number" means any telephone number which accesses or calls a fire department, law enforcement agency, ambulance, hospital, medical center, poison control center, rape crisis center, suicide prevention center, rescue service, the 911 emergency access number provided by law enforcement agencies and police departments.
    (c) "Recorded Message" means any taped communication soliciting the sale of goods or services without live voice interaction.
    (d) "Voice Messaging System" means any message delivery service which utilizes an autodialer to deliver non-commercial messages to domestic and international recipients.
    (e) "Subscriber" means:
        (1) A person who has subscribed to telephone service
from a telephone company; or
        (2) Other persons living or residing with the
subscribing person.
    (f) "Caller ID" means the display to the recipient of the call the caller's telephone number or identity.
(Source: P.A. 91-182, eff. 1-1-00.)

815 ILCS 305/10

    (815 ILCS 305/10) (from Ch. 134, par. 110)
    Sec. 10. Jurisdiction. No person shall operate an autodialer in this State except in accordance with this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-275.)

815 ILCS 305/15

    (815 ILCS 305/15) (from Ch. 134, par. 115)
    Sec. 15. Method of operation.
    (a) No person shall operate an autodialer in this State to place a telephone call during the hours between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m.
    (b) All autodialers operated within the State of Illinois shall disconnect within 30 seconds after termination of the call by the subscriber or the autodialer. Where disconnection in 30 seconds is technically not feasible, the autodialer shall utilize a live operator who shall:
        (1) state his name, the name, address and telephone
number of the business or organization being represented and the purpose of the call; and
        (2) inquire at the beginning of the call whether the
person called consents to hear the prerecorded message.
    (c) An autodialer shall not be used to dial numbers determined by successively increasing or decreasing integers.
    (d) An autodialer may not be operated in a manner that impedes the function of any caller ID when the telephone solicitor's service or equipment is capable of allowing the display of the solicitor's telephone number.
(Source: P.A. 91-182, eff. 1-1-00.)

815 ILCS 305/20

    (815 ILCS 305/20) (from Ch. 134, par. 120)
    Sec. 20. Exemptions.
    (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), the provisions of this Act shall not apply to the following types of telephone calls made by an autodialer:
        (1) calls made in response to an express request of
the person called;
        (2) calls made to any person with whom the telephone
solicitor has a prior or existing business relationship;
        (3) a telephone call placed on behalf of any
political, charitable, public opinion polling, research survey, or radio or television broadcast rating organization.
    (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), all calls made by an autodialer must be made in compliance with the requirements of subsection (d) of Section 15.
(Source: P.A. 91-182, eff. 1-1-00.)

815 ILCS 305/22

    (815 ILCS 305/22)
    Sec. 22. Recordkeeping.
    (a) A person who operates an autodialer to communicate a commercial message shall maintain a list of all telephone numbers called.
    (b) A person who operates an autodialer to communicate a commercial message shall maintain records to sufficiently document any exemption claimed under Section 20 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-546, eff. 8-26-13.)

815 ILCS 305/25

    (815 ILCS 305/25) (from Ch. 134, par. 125)
    Sec. 25. Voice messaging provision. Nothing in this Act shall prohibit a telephone company from providing a service that is utilized for relaying messages for private purposes, including but not limited to, voice messaging services or message delivery services.
(Source: P.A. 87-275.)

815 ILCS 305/30

    (815 ILCS 305/30) (from Ch. 134, par. 130)
    Sec. 30. Violations.
    (a) It is a violation of this Act to make or cause to be made telephone calls utilizing an autodialer to any emergency telephone number as defined in Section 5. It is a violation of this Act to make or cause to be made telephone calls utilizing an autodialer in a manner that does not comply with Section 15.
    (b) It is a violation of this Act to play a prerecorded message placed by an autodialer without the consent of the called party.
    (c) Enforcement by customer. Any customer injured by a violation of this Act may bring an action for the recovery of damages. Judgment may be entered for 3 times the amount at which the actual damages are assessed, plus costs and reasonable attorney fees.
    (c-5) In addition to the damages authorized under subsection (c), a consumer may obtain statutory damages in the amount of $500 per violation.
    (d) Enforcement by Attorney General. Violation of any of the provisions of this Act is an unlawful practice under Section 2Z of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. All remedies, penalties and authority granted to the Attorney General by that Act shall be available to him for the enforcement of this Act. In any action brought by the Attorney General to enforce this Act, the court may order that persons who incurred actual damages be awarded the amount at which actual damages are assessed. In addition to actual damages, a court may order that each person who received a call in violation of this Act be awarded statutory damages in the amount of $500 per violation.
(Source: P.A. 98-546, eff. 8-26-13.)