(a) If any person violates the provision of this Act, the Secretary may, in the name
of the People of the State of Illinois, through the Attorney General of the State
of Illinois, or the State's Attorney of any county in which the action is brought,
petition for an order enjoining such violation or for an order enforcing compliance
with this Act. Upon the filing of a petition in court, the court may issue a temporary restraining
order, without notice or bond, and may preliminarily and permanently enjoin such violation,
and if it is established that such person has violated or is violating the injunction,
the court may punish the offender for contempt of court. Proceedings under this Section shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, all
other remedies and penalties provided by this Act.
(b) If any person shall practice as a nurse or hold herself or himself out as a nurse
without being licensed under the provisions of this Act, then any licensed nurse,
any interested party, or any person injured thereby may, in addition to the Secretary,
petition for relief as provided in subsection (a) of this Section.
(b-5) Whoever knowingly practices or offers to practice nursing in this State without
a license for that purpose shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and for each subsequent
conviction, shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony. All criminal fines, monies, or other property collected or received by the Department
under this Section or any other State or federal statute, including, but not limited
to, property forfeited to the Department under Section 505 of the Illinois Controlled
Substances Act 1 or Section 85 of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, 2 shall be deposited into the Professional Regulation Evidence Fund.
(c) Whenever in the opinion of the Department any person violates any provision of
this Act, the Department may issue a rule to show cause why an order to cease and
desist should not be entered against him. The rule shall clearly set forth the grounds relied upon by the Department and shall
provide a period of 7 days from the date of the rule to file an answer to the satisfaction
of the Department. Failure to answer to the satisfaction of the Department shall cause an order to
cease and desist to be issued forthwith.
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