(815 ILCS 605/3)
(from Ch. 121 1/2, par. 2103)
As used in this Act:
(a) "Buyer" means an individual who is solicited to purchase or who
purchases the services of a credit services organization.
(b) "Consumer reporting agency" has the meaning assigned by Section
603(f), Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1681a(f)).
(c) "Extension of Credit" means the right to defer payment of a debt or
to incur a debt and defer its payment offered or granted primarily for
personal, family, or household purposes.
(d) "Credit Services Organization" means a person who, with respect to
the extension of credit by others and in return for the payment of money or
other valuable consideration, provides, or represents that the person can
or will provide, any of the following services:
(i) improving a buyer's credit record, history, or
(ii) obtaining an extension of credit for a buyer; or
(iii) providing advice or assistance to a buyer with
regard to either subsection (i) or (ii).
"Credit Services Organization" does not include any of the following:
(i) a person authorized to make loans or extensions
of credit under the laws of this State or the United States who is subject to regulation and supervision by this State or the United States, or a lender approved by the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for participation in a mortgage insurance program under the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. Section 1701 et seq.);
(ii) a bank or savings and loan association whose
deposits or accounts are eligible for insurance by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, or a subsidiary of such a bank or savings and loan association;
(iii) a credit union doing business in this State;
(iv) a nonprofit organization exempt from taxation
under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, provided that such organization does not charge or receive any money or other valuable consideration prior to or upon the execution of a contract or other agreement between the buyer and the nonprofit organization;
(v) a person licensed as a real estate broker by this
state if the person is acting within the course and scope of that license;
(vi) a person licensed to practice law in this State
acting within the course and scope of the person's practice as an attorney;
(vii) a broker-dealer registered with the Securities
and Exchange Commission or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission acting within the course and scope of that regulation;
(viii) a consumer reporting agency; and
(ix) a residential mortgage loan broker or banker who
is duly licensed under the Illinois Residential Mortgage License Act of 1987.
(e) "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, joint
venture or any business entity.
(Source: P.A. 88-120.)
(815 ILCS 605/5)
(from Ch. 121 1/2, par. 2105)
No credit services organization, its salespersons, agents or
representatives, or any independent contractor who sells or attempts to
sell the services of a credit services organization shall:
(1) Charge or receive any money or other valuable consideration prior to
full and complete performance of the services the credit services
organization has agreed to perform for or on behalf of the buyer, unless
the credit services organization has, in conformity with Section 10 of this
Act, obtained a surety bond issued by a surety company licensed to do
business in this State. If a credit services organization is in compliance
with this subsection the salespersons, agents, and representatives who sell
the services of such organization shall not be required to obtain the
surety bond provided for by this Act.
(2) Charge or receive any money or other valuable consideration solely
for the referral of a buyer to a retail seller who will or may extend
credit to the buyer if such extension of credit is in substantially the
same terms as those available to the general public.
(3) Make, or advise any buyer to make, any statement that is untrue or
misleading, or that should be known by the exercise of reasonable care to
be untrue or misleading, with respect to a buyer's credit reporting agency
or to any person who has extended credit to a buyer or to whom a buyer has
made application for an extension of credit.
(4) Make or use any untrue or misleading representations in the offer or
sale of the services of a credit services organization or engage, directly
or indirectly, in any act, practice or course of business intended to
defraud or deceive a buyer in connection with the office or sale of such
services; including but not limited to: the amount or type of credit a
consumer can expect to receive as a result of the performance of the
services offered; the qualifications, training or experience of its
personnel; or the amount of credit improvement the consumer can expect to
receive as a result of the services.
(Source: P.A. 85-1384.)
(815 ILCS 605/6)
(from Ch. 121 1/2, par. 2106)
Before the execution of a contract or other form of agreement
between a buyer and a credit services organization or before the receipt by
any such organization of money or other valuable consideration, whichever
occurs first, such organization shall provide the buyer with a statement, in
writing, containing the following:
(1) a complete and accurate statement of the buyer's
right to review any file on the buyer maintained by a consumer reporting agency, as provided under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1681 et seq.);
(2) a statement that the buyer may review his
consumer reporting agency file at no charge if a request therefor is made to such agency within 30 days after receipt by the buyer of notice that credit has been denied and if such request is not made within the allotted time, the approximate charge to the buyer for such review;
(3) a complete and accurate statement of the buyer's
right to dispute the completeness or accuracy of any item contained in any file on the buyer maintained by a consumer reporting agency;
(4) a complete and detailed description of the
services to be performed by the credit services organization and the total cost to the buyer for such services;
(5) a statement notifying the buyer that: (i) credit
reporting agencies have no obligation to remove information from credit reports unless the information is erroneous, cannot be verified or is more than 7 years old; and (ii) credit reporting agencies have no obligation to remove information concerning bankruptcies unless such information is more than 10 years old;
(6) a statement asserting the buyer's right to
proceed against the surety bond required under Section 10; and
(7) the name and business address of any such surety
company together with the name and the number of the account.
The credit services organization shall maintain on file, for a period of
2 years after the date the statement is provided, an exact copy of
statement, signed by the buyer, acknowledging receipt of the statement.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)
(815 ILCS 605/7)
(from Ch. 121 1/2, par. 2107)
(a) Each contract between the buyer and a credit services
organization for the purchase of the services of the credit services
organization shall be in writing, dated, signed by the buyer, and shall include:
(1) a conspicuous statement in boldfaced type, in immediate proximity to
the space reserved for the signature of the buyer, as follows:
"You, the buyer, may cancel this contract at any time before midnight of
the third day after the date of the transaction. See the attached notice
of cancellation form for an explanation of this right";
(2) the terms and conditions of payment, including the total of all
payments to be made by the buyer, whether to the credit services
organization or to another person;
(3) a full and detailed description of the services to be performed by
the credit services organization for the buyer, including all guarantees
and all promises of full or partial refunds, and
the estimated date by which the services are to be performed or the
estimated length of time for performing the services; and
(4) the address of the credit services organization's principal place of
business and the name and address of its agent in the State authorized to
receive service of process.
(b) The contract must have two easily detachable copies of a notice of
cancellation. The notice must be in boldfaced type and in the following form:
"Notice of Cancellation"
"You may cancel this contract, without any penalty or obligation, within
three days after the date the contract is signed.
If you cancel, any payment made by you under this contract will be
returned within 10 days after the date of receipt by the seller of your
To cancel this contract, mail or deliver a signed, dated copy of this
cancellation notice, or other written notice to:
(name of seller) at (address of seller) (place of business) not later
than midnight (date)
I hereby cancel this transaction."
(date) (purchaser's signature)
(c) The credit services organization shall give to the buyer a copy of
the completed contract and all other documents the credit services
organization requires the buyer to sign at the time they are signed.
(Source: P.A. 85-1384.)