The Illinois Securities Act, and specifically, 815 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 Section 12, provides that:

It shall be a violation of the provisions of this Act for any person:

a) To offer or sell any security except in accordance with the provisions of this Act.

b) To deliver to a purchaser any security required to be registered under Section 5, Section 6 or Section 7 hereof unless accompanied or preceded by a prospectus that meets the requirements of the pertinent subsection of Section 5 or of Section 6 or of Section 7.

c) To act as a dealer, salesperson, investment adviser, or investment adviser representative, unless registered as such, where such registration is required, under the provisions of this Act.

815 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 Section 12 (2016 Edition).

Civil Remedies

The Illinois Act, in Sec. 13, also provides “Private and other civil remedies; securities” and states:

Every sale of a security made in violation of the provisions of this Act shall be voidable at the election of the purchaser exercised as provided in subsection B of this Section; and the issuer, controlling person, underwriter, dealer or other person by or on behalf of whom said sale was made, and each underwriter, dealer or salesperson who shall have participated or aided in any way in making the sale, and in case the issuer, controlling person, underwriter or dealer is a corporation or unincorporated association or organization, each of its officers and directors (or persons performing similar functions) who shall have participated or aided in making the sale, shall be jointly and severally liable to the purchaser as follows:

(1) for the full amount paid, together with interest from the date of payment for the securities sold at the rate of the interest or dividend stipulated in the securities sold (or if no rate is stipulated, then at the rate of 10% per annum) less any income or other amounts received by the purchaser on the securities, upon offer to tender to the seller or tender into court of the securities sold or, where the securities were not received, of any contract made in respect of the sale; or

(2) if the purchaser no longer owns the securities, for the amounts set forth in clause (1) of this subsection A less any amounts received by the purchaser for or on account of the disposition of the securities.

If the purchaser shall prevail in any action brought to enforce any of the remedies provided in this subsection, the court shall assess costs together with the reasonable fees and expenses of the purchaser’s attorney against the defendant. Any provision of this subsection A to the contrary notwithstanding, the civil remedies provided in this subsection A shall not be available against any person by reason of the failure to file with the Secretary of State, or on account of the content of, any report of sale provided for in subsection G or P of Section 4, paragraph (2) of subsection D of Sections 5 and 6, or paragraph (2) of subsection F of Section 7 of this Act.

815 ILCS 5 Section 13, Illinois Compiled Statutes (2016 Edition).

In Illinois, FINRA Arbitration hearings are held in Chicago

Under the FINRA Code of Arbitration Procedure, the FINRA Securities Arbitration hearing locations will selected based upon the hearing location closest to your residence at the time of the events giving rise to the dispute.

Additonal Illinois Resources

Office of the Secretary of State
Securities Department
69 West Washington Street, Suite 1220
Chicago, IL 60602
Tanya Solov
Director of Securities
(312) 793-3384

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