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History

On July 1, 2004, the Office of Banks and Real Estate, the Department of Financial Institutions, the Department of Insurance, and the Department of Professional Regulation consolidated into a new state agency called the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order Number 6 (2004). Each of the former agencies became a division of the new agency. The Division of Insurance separated from IDFPR on July 1, 2009 and became the Department of Insurance pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order Number 4 (2009).

To this day:

  • The Division of Banking regulates, charters, and supervises state-chartered banks, trust companies, savings institutions, mortgage banks, mortgage loan originators, pawnbrokers, check printers, and registered non-bank ATMs.
  • The Division of Financial Institutions regulates and supervises non-banking financial institutions (including credit unions, currency exchanges, title insurance underwriters, consumer credit services) as well as a variety of other financial institutions.
  • The Division of Professional Regulation licenses and regulates more than one million professionals and firms in Illinois, including a variety of healthcare-related professions (such as doctors, nurses, and veterinarians), as well as a variety of occupational professions (such as CPAs, barbers, engineers, and detectives).
  • The Division of Real Estate licenses and regulates professionals involved in the buying and selling of property, including real estate brokers, appraisers, auctioneers, community association managers and home inspectors.

In August 2013, Illinois became the 20th state to legalize medical cannabis when the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act was signed into law. IDFPR became responsible for licensing and regulating the dispensaries that sell medical cannabis to patients, along with each dispensaries’ Principal Officers, Agents-in-Charge, and Agents.

On June 25, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which made Illinois the 11th state to legalize adult use cannabis. IDFPR oversaw the successful rollout of the program, which allowed existing medical cannabis dispensaries to begin selling adult use cannabis on January 1, 2020. Similar to its medical cannabis licensing responsibilities, IDFPR licenses adult use cannabis dispensaries, along with the Principal Officers, Agents-in-Charge, and Agents at each dispensary. IDFPR is also responsible for tracking and reporting the sales made at adult use cannabis dispensaries.

Today, IDFPR employs hundreds of people who work to ensure the state’s banks, financial institutions, and healthcare, occupational, and real estate professionals are properly licensed and follow the Acts and Rules that regulate their professions.

Past Secretaries

Secretary Dates Served
Fernando Grillo July 2004 - September 2005
Dean Martinez September 2005 - August 2013
Brent E. Adams July 2009 - August 2012
Manuel Flores November 2012 - January 2015
Bryan Schneider February 2015 - January 2019
Deborah Hagan February 2019 - April 2021
Mario Treto, Jr.  April 2021 - Present

Regional Offices

Springfield Chicago Des Plaines
320 West Washington Street 555 West Monroe Street 9511 W. Harrison Street
3rd Floor 5th Floor Suite 300
Springfield, Illinois 62786 Chicago, Illinois 60661 Des Plaines, Illinois 60016

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