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Chicago professional license defense lawyerIn Illinois, there are a number of occupations that require obtaining a professional license. Each type of license is issued by a particular board and that board has oversight over license holders. All of these boards fall under the umbrella of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

There are a number of issues that could threaten that professional license’s standing in the state, including accusations of negligence, malpractice, substance abuse issues, insurance fraud, and more. Although each board has its own set of rules and regulations, the one issue that can result in the suspension of a professional license no matter what type of occupation is failure to pay court-ordered child support.

Illinois Child Support Laws

The family court system in Illinois takes the duties of both parents when it comes to the care of children very seriously. Under the law, every parent – whether the child lives with them or not – has a legal responsibility to provide for the needs of that child. A parent who has been ordered to pay child support but fails to abide by the court’s order faces serious penalties for that failure.


Illinois license defense attorneyThere are a number of different categories of professional licenses that fall under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Many of these professions have their own boards, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, real estate agents, dentists, psychologists, and more. Any individual who is required to apply for a professional license in order to work in their profession is also required to adhere to all the rules and regulations the IDFPR has put in place.

When an allegation or complaint is made against a professional license holder, the IDFPR will initiate an investigation to determine if the complaint is a legitimate one and, if it is, if action should be taken against the individual’s license. That action can include probation, suspension, or even complete revocation. Given the potential consequences of an investigation, anyone who has been informed they are under investigation should contact a professional license defense attorney immediately.

The following are some of the reasons why you should contact Williams & Nickl, LLC if you have been notified by the IDFPR that you are under investigation.


shutterstock_641825092-min.jpgOn January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act went into effect, providing for the controlled legalization of cannabis use for adults in Illinois. Not only did the law make the recreational use of cannabis legal for adults, but it also established regulations for cannabis dispensing organizations. The licensing and oversight for these businesses fall under the bailiwick of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFRP). If you have been granted a cannabis dispensing license and have questions or run into any legal issues, a Chicago business license lawyer can help.

State Issues Licenses

So far, the IDFR has issued a total of 182 conditional adult use dispensing organization licenses out of the 185 licenses that are available. There were a total of 177 licenses issued in July and another five issued so far this month. The IDFR does anticipate issuing the remaining three licenses within the next few weeks as soon as additional documents are received from the businesses chosen.

Under the law, when a business has been awarded a conditional license, it has 180 days to choose a physical storefront location and obtain an adult use dispensing organization license. If the conditional license holder is unable to find a physical location within those 180 days, they may request an extension of an additional 180 days.


shutterstock_1303768399.jpgFor those looking to enter the fields of private alarm contractor, private detective, or private security contractor, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) offers licensing exams twice a year in September and March. To assist those who are preparing to take a licensing exam, Williams & Nickl, LLC is again offering study-review sessions. We have helped hundreds of past participants successfully achieve their licenses.

The next scheduled date for all of the examinations is Wednesday, September 07, 2022, with an application deadline of July 22, 2022. However, the testing company strongly recommends submitting your application in sooner.

Our prep classes will take place on the following dates:


shutterstock_566594038.jpgBig news! IDFPR just changed the law governing basic training requirements for Private Detectives, Private Security Contractors, and Private Alarm Contractors AND their employees. It is effective 01-01-22. We break the law down by profession. Note that Fred and I wrote these new training provisions at the request of several private detectives and guard industry associations.


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