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Can IDFPR Discipline be Expunged?

A very common question we are asked is whether the discipline placed on a professional license can be expunged. “Expungement” of a disciplinary sanction by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”), unlike the expungement of certain criminal convictions, is actually a fairly recent phenomenon and may be allowed in limited circumstances. Anyone Read More

COVID-19: Year in Review

One year ago on March 16, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that 105 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed within 15 counties in Illinois. Unbeknownst to us, that would also be the last day we would spend together as a firm for at least the next year. Like the majority of other businesses Read More

Practical Nursing License Renewal

REMINDER TO ALL LPNs: The deadline to renew Practical Nursing Licenses is January 31, 2021. This process can be completed by visiting the IDFPR’s website. You can either opt to renew online with a credit card or print the renewal application to fill out by hand. Applicants for renewal must have completed at least 20 hours of continuing education prior Read More

Legal Update: Required Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Continuing Education

On January 1, 2020 the State of Illinois passed a law requiring at least one hour of sexual harassment prevention training continuing education for many individuals who hold a professional license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation and the profession requires continuing education for renewal. (“The Department”) Read More

Emergency Changes to Controlled Substance Prescribing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recently, after Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency in the United States, DEA prescribing restrictions have become more relaxed. Medical practitioners are typically unable to prescribe controlled substances through the use of telemedicine or the internet without first conducting an in-person medical evaluation. But beginning with Secretary Read More

Important Information about Illinois Professional License Renewals

In response to the growing emergency, and in recognition of the financial difficulties many licensed professionals are facing during this time, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“Department”) has ordered that all licensed professionals with licenses issued by the Department that have renewal dates between March 1 and July 31, 2020 receive an Read More

Update Regarding COVID-19

Due to the growing concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the disruptions it has caused, we want to reassure our clients and friends that there will be no disruption whatsoever in our firm’s handling of all legal matters.  Crick Walanka Law Group, Ltd., remains open and available to assist you in all your legal Read More

Important Information about Your Illinois RN/APN Nurse License Renewal

On May 31, 2020, your Illinois Registered Nurse or Advanced Practice Nurse License will expire.  You should expect to receive renewal information from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) via email only. You will not receive a nurse license renewal notice through the U.S. postal service.  You will receive an email from Read More

Email Sent by IDFPR to Nurses Fails to Paint the Whole Picture

On October 31, 2019, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) sent out a mass email to nurses with professional nursing licenses in Illinois. Understandably, many nurses around the state were quite surprised and frightened to receive this official message from the IDFPR. However, this mass-email should not necessarily cause undue stress.

Disclaimer: This web site is addressed to those who hold professional licenses issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and by similar licensing agencies in other states. Suggestions herein are, in most circumstances, valid for any type investigation, whether administrative, criminal, or civil. However, it should be noted that in some other states, one who holds a professional license may be required to submit to an investigative interview as a condition of being licensed. Whatever the circumstances, a licensed professional who becomes the subject of an investigation would be wise to immediately retain legal counsel. No content, whole or in part, is to be considered as “legal advice,” and by reading this document, no attorney-client relationship is formed with the Crick Walanka Law Group, Ltd.