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    (205 ILCS 675/1) (from Ch. 17, par. 7001)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Illinois Financial Services Development Act".
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/2) (from Ch. 17, par. 7002)
    Sec. 2. Findings and Declarations of Policy. The General Assembly hereby finds, determines and declares:
    (a) That the economic strength of Illinois requires strong and effective financial institutions in Illinois;
    (b) That in order to cultivate the economic strength of the financial institutions in Illinois, it is necessary to strengthen job opportunities so as to encourage Illinois financial institutions to expand in Illinois and to attract new financial institutions to Illinois;
    (c) That Illinois is losing existing jobs and future job opportunities in Illinois financing institutions because of an adverse regulatory climate involving consumer revolving credit laws;
    (d) That the State has a responsibility to create a beneficial climate for new and improved job opportunities for its citizens with financial institutions of all kinds by encouraging the growth and strengthening of Illinois financial institutions;
    (e) That in order for Illinois financial institutions to provide the jobs and business opportunities for the citizens of Illinois, the restrictions on consumer revolving credit plans must be modernized and made competitive with those offered to financial institutions located in other states who in turn provide their services in direct competition with the Illinois financial institutions;
    (f) That without this modernization, Illinois financial institutions will reduce the existing job opportunities in Illinois and no longer look to Illinois as a good place to do business and to expand and grow.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/3) (from Ch. 17, par. 7003)
    Sec. 3. As used in this Section:
    (a) "Financial institution" means any bank with its main office or, after May 31, 1997, a branch in this State, any state or federal savings and loan association or savings bank with its main office or branch in this State, any state or federal credit union with its main office in this State, and any lender licensed under the Consumer Installment Loan Act or the Sales Finance Agency Act.
    (b) "Revolving credit plan" or "plan" means a plan contemplating the extension of credit under an account governed by an agreement between a financial institution and a borrower who is a natural person pursuant to which:
        (1) The financial institution permits the borrower
     and, if the agreement governing the plan so provides, persons acting on behalf of or with authorization from the borrower, from time to time to make purchases and to obtain loans by any means whatsoever, including use of a credit device primarily for personal, family or household purposes;
        (2) the amounts of such purchases and loans are
     charged to the borrower's account under the revolving credit plan;
        (3) the borrower is required to pay the financial
     institution the amounts of all purchases and loans charged to such borrower's account under the plan but has the privilege of paying such amounts outstanding from time to time in full or installments; and
        (4) interest may be charged and collected by the
     financial institution from time to time on the outstanding unpaid indebtedness under such plan.
    (c) "Credit device" means any card, check, identification code or other means of identification contemplated by the agreement governing the plan.
    (d) "Outstanding unpaid indebtedness" means on any day an amount not in excess of the total amount of purchases and loans charged to the borrower's account under the plan which is outstanding and unpaid at the end of the day, after adding the aggregate amount of any new purchases and loans charged to the account as of that day and deducting the aggregate amount of any payments and credits applied to that indebtedness as of that day and, if the agreement governing the plan so provides, may include the amount of any billed and unpaid interest and other charges.
(Source: P.A. 89‑208, eff. 9‑29‑95.)

    (205 ILCS 675/4) (from Ch. 17, par. 7004)
    Sec. 4. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other laws in connection with revolving credit plans, any financial institution may, subject to the other provisions of this Section 4 offer and extend credit under a revolving credit plan to a borrower and in connection therewith may charge and collect interest and other charges, may take real and personal property as security therefor and may provide in the agreement governing the revolving credit plan for such other terms and conditions as the financial institution and borrower may agree upon from time to time. A financial institution offering or soliciting a revolving credit plan involving a credit card, or extending credit pursuant to the use of a credit card under any such plan, shall comply with provisions of "An Act relating to the issuance and use of credit cards", approved September 16, 1969, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/5) (from Ch. 17, par. 7005)
    Sec. 5. A financial institution may charge and collect interest under a revolving credit plan on outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's account under the plan at such periodic percentage rate or rates as the agreement governing the plan provides or as established in the manner provided in the agreement governing the plan. If the agreement governing the revolving credit plan so provides, the periodic percentage rate or rates of interest under such plan may vary in accordance with a schedule or formula. Such periodic percentage rate or rates may vary from time to time as the rate determined in accordance with such schedule or formula varies and such periodic percentage rate or rates, as so varied, may be made applicable to all outstanding unpaid indebtedness under the plan on or after the effective date of such variation, including any such indebtedness arising out of purchases made or loans obtained prior to such variation in the periodic percentage rate or rates. If the applicable periodic percentage rate under the agreement governing the plan is other than daily, periodic interest may be calculated on an amount not in excess of the average of outstanding unpaid indebtedness for the applicable billing period, determined by dividing the total of the amounts of outstanding unpaid indebtedness for each day in the applicable billing period by the number of days in the billing period. If the applicable periodic percentage rate under the agreement governing the plan is monthly, a billing period shall be deemed to be a month or monthly if the last day of each billing period is on the same day of each month or does not vary by more that 4 days therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/6) (from Ch. 17, par. 7006)
    Sec. 6. In addition to or in lieu of interest at a periodic rate or rates as provided in Section 5, and without limitation of the foregoing Section 4, a financial institution may, if the agreement governing the revolving credit plan so provides, charge and collect as interest, in such manner or form as the plan may provide, an annual or other periodic fee for the privileges made available to the borrower under the plan, a transaction charge or charges, late fees or delinquency charges, returned payment charges, over limit charges and fees for services rendered.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/7) (from Ch. 17, par. 7007)
    Sec. 7. (a) At or before the date a billing statement is first rendered to the borrower under a revolving credit plan, the financial institution must mail or deliver to the borrower a written description of the conditions under which a charge for interest may be made and the method, including the rate (expressed as an annual percentage rate), of computing these interest charges. If during any billing period any debit or credit entry is made to a borrower's account under a revolving credit plan, and if at the end of that billing period there is an unpaid balance owing to the financial institution from the borrower, the financial institution must give to the borrower the following information within a reasonable time after the end of the billing period:
    (1) the unpaid balance at the beginning of the billing period;
    (2) the date and amount of all loans or purchases made during the billing period;
    (3) the payments by the borrower to the financial institution and any other credits to the borrower's account during the billing period;
    (4) the amount of interest and other charges, if any, charged to the borrower's account during the billing period;
    (5) the amount which must be currently paid by the borrower and the date on which that amount must be paid in order to avoid delinquency; and
    (6) the total amount remaining unpaid at the end of the billing period and the right of the borrower to prepay that amount in full without penalty.
A financial institution which complies with or is exempt from the applicable disclosure requirements of the Truth‑in‑Lending Act, and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time, shall be deemed to be in compliance or exempt from with all of the provisions of this Section 7.
    (b) The financial institution under a revolving credit plan must compute at the end of each calendar year the total amount charged to the borrower's account during such year, including interest and any other charges, and upon request must furnish such information to the borrower within 30 days after the end of the year, or if the account has been terminated during such year, may give such requested information with 30 days after such termination. The financial institution shall annually inform the borrower of the right to obtain such information.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/8)(from Ch. 17, par. 7008)
    Sec. 8. Amendment of agreement governing revolving credit plans other than credit card accounts.
    (a) If the agreement governing a revolving credit plan other than a credit card account so provides or allows, a financial institution may at any time or from time to time amend the terms of such agreement in accordance with the further provisions of this Section 8. The financial institution shall notify each affected borrower of the amendment in the manner set forth in the agreement governing the plan and in compliance with the requirements of the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time, if applicable.
    (b) Subject to subsection (c) below, if the terms of the agreement governing the plan, as originally drawn or as amended pursuant to this Section so provide, any amendment may, on and after the date upon which it becomes effective as to a particular borrower, apply to all then outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's account under the plan, including any such indebtedness which shall have arisen out of purchases made or loans obtained prior to the effective date of the amendment.
    (c) If such amendment has the effect of increasing the interest or other charges to be paid by the borrower, the financial institution shall mail or deliver to the borrower, at least 30 days before the effective date of the amendment, a clear and conspicuous written notice which shall:
        (1) describe the amendment and the existing term or
    terms of the agreement affected by the amendment,
        (2) set forth the effective date of the amendment,
        (3) state whether or not the amendment will apply to
    the outstanding unpaid indebtedness as of the effective date of the amendment,
        (4) state that absent the borrower's written notice
    to the financial institution within 30 days of the earlier of the mailing or delivery of the notice of amendment that the borrower does not agree to accept the amendment, the amendment will become effective and apply to the borrower's account, and
        (5) provide an address to which the borrower may send
    notice of the borrower's election not to accept the amendment and include an addressed postcard that the borrower may return to the financial institution for that purpose.
    (c‑5) If such amendment results in an unfavorable change in the interest or other charges on a revolving credit plan which: (i) relates to a change in the borrower's credit standing, (ii) does not affect all or a substantial portion of a class of the creditor's accounts, and (iii) does not relate to inactivity, default, or delinquency on that revolving credit plan, the financial institution shall include in the notice required by subsection (c) of this Section 8 a statement that is substantially similar to the following:
Change in Credit Standing
        The amendment to the terms of your account relates to
    a change in your credit standing. The change in your credit standing may have resulted from a default or delinquency on other accounts you may have, or other adverse changes in your financial circumstances. If you submit the enclosed postcard or otherwise notify us in a timely manner as provided in this notice that you do not accept the amendment, you will be able to pay off your existing balance at the rate in effect prior to the amendment. However, in that instance, you may not be eligible to obtain additional credit under this plan after the effective date of the amendment. If you do not provide timely notice to us as provided in this notice that you do not accept the amendment, the amendment to the terms of your account will become effective and apply to your account.
    (c‑10) As a condition to the effectiveness of the borrower's notice not to accept the amendment, the financial institution may require the borrower to return all credit devices.
    Any borrower who gives a timely notice electing not to accept the amendment shall be permitted to pay the outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's account under the plan in accordance with the terms of the agreement governing the plan without giving effect to the amendment.
    Notwithstanding the financial institution's receipt of the borrower's notice under item (4) of subsection (c) that the borrower does not accept the amendment, the amendment shall be deemed to have been accepted and effective with respect to the borrower and the borrower's account if the borrower uses the credit device to obtain credit under the credit plan on or after the effective date of the amendment, and the amendment shall be deemed effective as of the effective date originally disclosed by the financial institution.
    (d) For purposes of this Section, the following shall not be deemed an amendment which has the effect of increasing the interest to be paid by the borrower:
        (1) a decrease in the required amount of periodic
    installment payments; and
        (2) a change from a daily periodic rate to a periodic
    rate other than daily, or from a periodic rate other than daily to a daily periodic rate, provided that there is no resulting change in the annual percentage rate as determined in accordance with the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time.
(Source: P.A. 96‑1193, eff. 7‑22‑10.)

    (205 ILCS 675/8.5)
    Sec. 8.5. Amendment of agreement governing credit card accounts.
    (a) Amendment of terms. If the agreement governing a credit card account so provides or allows, then a financial institution may at any time or from time to time amend the terms of such agreement in accordance with the further provisions of this Section. The financial institution shall notify each affected borrower of the amendment in the manner set forth in the agreement governing the credit card account and in compliance with the requirements of the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time, if applicable. The provisions of Section 8 of this Act shall not apply to the amendment of the terms of the agreement governing the credit card account.
    (b) Interest rate increase limited to future transactions. An agreement governing a credit card account may be amended to increase the interest rate on future transactions which may take effect not less than 45 days after notice of the rate increase is provided to the borrower. The interest rate may only be applied to transactions that occur more than 14 days after provision of the notice to the borrower. The notice to the borrower shall disclose the interest rate applicable to new transactions, the date the interest rate will commence, the transactions subject to the increased interest rate, and the transactions subject to the current interest rate. A financial institution may not increase the interest rate under this subsection during the first year after the credit card account is opened.
    (c) Advance notice and right to reject an increase in fees or charges. An agreement governing a credit card account may be amended to increase fees or charges on or after an effective date that is at least 45 days after provision of a notice to the borrower, provided a financial institution may not increase fees or charges on a credit card account during the first year after the credit card account is opened. The notice to the borrower shall:
        (1) describe the change in terms contained in the
    amendment;
        (2) set forth the effective date of the amendment;
        (3) state that the borrower may reject the amendment
    prior to the effective date of the amendment;
        (4) provide an address to which the borrower may send
    notice of the borrower's election not to accept the amendment and include an addressed postcard that the borrower may return to the financial institution for that purpose, or provide a toll‑free telephone number the borrower may use to notify the financial institution of the borrower's rejection of the amendment; and
        (5) if applicable, a statement that if the borrower
    rejects the amendment, then the borrower's ability to use the account for further advances will be terminated or suspended.
    (d) Interest rate increase applicable to current balances. A financial institution may not increase the interest rate on the outstanding unpaid indebtedness under a credit card agreement, except as permitted in the following:
        (1) Temporary rate exception. A financial institution
    may increase a promotional interest rate upon the expiration of a specified period of time of at least 6 months, provided that prior to the commencement of that period, the financial institution has disclosed to the borrower the length of the period and the increased interest rate that would apply after the expiration of the period.
        (2) Variable rate exception. A financial institution
    may increase the interest rate of a variable rate credit card account, established in accordance with the provisions of Section 5 of this Act, resulting from increases in an index that is not under the financial institution's control and is available to the general public.
        (3) Workout and temporary hardship exception. If an
    interest rate is reduced pursuant to a workout or temporary hardship arrangement, then the interest rate may be increased to the interest rate in effect prior to the reduction due to completion of the workout or temporary hardship arrangement by the borrower or the failure of the borrower to comply with the terms of the workout or temporary hardship arrangement, provided the financial institution has furnished the borrower with a clear and conspicuous disclosure of the terms of the arrangement prior to commencement of the arrangement.
        (4) Delinquency exception. A financial institution
    may increase the interest rate if the borrower's required minimum payment has not been received by the financial institution within 60 days after the due date for the payment, provided that after the minimum payment is 60 days delinquent a notice is furnished to the borrower 45 days prior to the effective date of the increase stating the reason for the increase and that the increase will terminate not later than 6 months after the effective date of the increase if the financial institution receives the required minimum payments on time during that 6 month period.
        (5) Servicemember's Civil Relief Act exception. If an
    interest rate is decreased due to the provisions of 50 U.S.C. App. 527 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, then the financial institution may increase the interest rate once those provisions no longer apply, provided the financial institution may not apply to any transactions that occurred prior to the decrease an interest rate greater than the interest rate applied prior to the decrease.
    (e) Universal default prohibited. A financial institution may not impose an unfavorable change in the interest or other charges on a credit card account which: (i) relates to a change in the borrower's credit standing, (ii) does not affect all or a substantial portion of a class of the creditor's accounts, and (iii) does not relate to inactivity, default, or delinquency on that credit card account.
    (f) Any borrower who gives a timely notice under subsection (c) of this Section rejecting an amendment to increase fees or charges shall be permitted to pay the outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's credit card account, in accordance with the terms of the agreement governing the credit card account without giving effect to the amendment.
    (g) For purposes of this Section, the following shall not be deemed an amendment that has the effect of increasing the interest to be paid by the borrower:
        (1) a decrease in the required amount of periodic
    installment payments; and
        (2) a change from a daily periodic rate to a periodic
    rate other than daily, or from a periodic rate other than daily to a daily periodic rate, provided that there is no resulting change in the annual percentage rate as determined in accordance with the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time.
(Source: P.A. 96‑1193, eff. 7‑22‑10.)

    (205 ILCS 675/9) (from Ch. 17, par. 7009)
    Sec. 9. No writing or other agreement between a borrower and a financial institution may contain any provision which constitutes a waiver of any right conferred upon borrowers by this Act, or of any duty, condition or limitation imposed upon financial institutions by this Act. Nothing in this Section 9 prohibits, however, any writing or other agreement which grants to a borrower a more extensive right or remedy or greater protection than contained in this Act or a waiver given in settlement of a dispute or action.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/10) (from Ch. 17, par. 7010)
    Sec. 10. A revolving credit plan between a financial institution and a borrower shall be governed by the laws of this State. All terms, conditions and other provisions of and relating to a plan, including, without limitation, provisions relating to the method of determining the outstanding unpaid indebtedness on which interest is applied, time periods within which interest charges may be avoided, change in terms, requirements, rights to charge and collect attorneys' fees, court and collection costs and the computing of periodic interest or charges, shall be and hereby are deemed to be material to the determination of interest applicable to a plan under Illinois law, Section 85 of the National Bank Act and Sections 521 through 523 of the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/11) (from Ch. 17, par. 7011)
    Sec. 11. Any amendment of a revolving credit plan which violates the conditions or limitations of Section 8 of this Act shall not be enforceable, but such plan shall remain enforceable according to its original terms. Any borrower whose revolving credit plan has been unlawfully amended may recover by means of an action or defense an amount equal to twice the amount by which such borrower's payments of interest and charges were increased solely due to such unlawful amendment, plus such reasonable attorneys' fees and court costs as may be assessed by a court against the financial institution. Recovery by means of a defense may be had at any time after such amendment purports to be effective. Recovery by means of an action may be had at any time after such amendment purports to be effective and prior to the expiration of 2 years after the earlier of (1) the date the last payment of such unlawfully increased interest or charges, or (2) the date on which the borrower's plan has been terminated. A bona fide error in connection with the amendment of a revolving credit plan shall not be a violation under this Section if the financial institution corrects the error within a reasonable time.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

State Codes and Statutes

Statutes > Illinois > Chapter205 > 1205

    (205 ILCS 675/1) (from Ch. 17, par. 7001)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Illinois Financial Services Development Act".
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/2) (from Ch. 17, par. 7002)
    Sec. 2. Findings and Declarations of Policy. The General Assembly hereby finds, determines and declares:
    (a) That the economic strength of Illinois requires strong and effective financial institutions in Illinois;
    (b) That in order to cultivate the economic strength of the financial institutions in Illinois, it is necessary to strengthen job opportunities so as to encourage Illinois financial institutions to expand in Illinois and to attract new financial institutions to Illinois;
    (c) That Illinois is losing existing jobs and future job opportunities in Illinois financing institutions because of an adverse regulatory climate involving consumer revolving credit laws;
    (d) That the State has a responsibility to create a beneficial climate for new and improved job opportunities for its citizens with financial institutions of all kinds by encouraging the growth and strengthening of Illinois financial institutions;
    (e) That in order for Illinois financial institutions to provide the jobs and business opportunities for the citizens of Illinois, the restrictions on consumer revolving credit plans must be modernized and made competitive with those offered to financial institutions located in other states who in turn provide their services in direct competition with the Illinois financial institutions;
    (f) That without this modernization, Illinois financial institutions will reduce the existing job opportunities in Illinois and no longer look to Illinois as a good place to do business and to expand and grow.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/3) (from Ch. 17, par. 7003)
    Sec. 3. As used in this Section:
    (a) "Financial institution" means any bank with its main office or, after May 31, 1997, a branch in this State, any state or federal savings and loan association or savings bank with its main office or branch in this State, any state or federal credit union with its main office in this State, and any lender licensed under the Consumer Installment Loan Act or the Sales Finance Agency Act.
    (b) "Revolving credit plan" or "plan" means a plan contemplating the extension of credit under an account governed by an agreement between a financial institution and a borrower who is a natural person pursuant to which:
        (1) The financial institution permits the borrower
     and, if the agreement governing the plan so provides, persons acting on behalf of or with authorization from the borrower, from time to time to make purchases and to obtain loans by any means whatsoever, including use of a credit device primarily for personal, family or household purposes;
        (2) the amounts of such purchases and loans are
     charged to the borrower's account under the revolving credit plan;
        (3) the borrower is required to pay the financial
     institution the amounts of all purchases and loans charged to such borrower's account under the plan but has the privilege of paying such amounts outstanding from time to time in full or installments; and
        (4) interest may be charged and collected by the
     financial institution from time to time on the outstanding unpaid indebtedness under such plan.
    (c) "Credit device" means any card, check, identification code or other means of identification contemplated by the agreement governing the plan.
    (d) "Outstanding unpaid indebtedness" means on any day an amount not in excess of the total amount of purchases and loans charged to the borrower's account under the plan which is outstanding and unpaid at the end of the day, after adding the aggregate amount of any new purchases and loans charged to the account as of that day and deducting the aggregate amount of any payments and credits applied to that indebtedness as of that day and, if the agreement governing the plan so provides, may include the amount of any billed and unpaid interest and other charges.
(Source: P.A. 89‑208, eff. 9‑29‑95.)

    (205 ILCS 675/4) (from Ch. 17, par. 7004)
    Sec. 4. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other laws in connection with revolving credit plans, any financial institution may, subject to the other provisions of this Section 4 offer and extend credit under a revolving credit plan to a borrower and in connection therewith may charge and collect interest and other charges, may take real and personal property as security therefor and may provide in the agreement governing the revolving credit plan for such other terms and conditions as the financial institution and borrower may agree upon from time to time. A financial institution offering or soliciting a revolving credit plan involving a credit card, or extending credit pursuant to the use of a credit card under any such plan, shall comply with provisions of "An Act relating to the issuance and use of credit cards", approved September 16, 1969, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/5) (from Ch. 17, par. 7005)
    Sec. 5. A financial institution may charge and collect interest under a revolving credit plan on outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's account under the plan at such periodic percentage rate or rates as the agreement governing the plan provides or as established in the manner provided in the agreement governing the plan. If the agreement governing the revolving credit plan so provides, the periodic percentage rate or rates of interest under such plan may vary in accordance with a schedule or formula. Such periodic percentage rate or rates may vary from time to time as the rate determined in accordance with such schedule or formula varies and such periodic percentage rate or rates, as so varied, may be made applicable to all outstanding unpaid indebtedness under the plan on or after the effective date of such variation, including any such indebtedness arising out of purchases made or loans obtained prior to such variation in the periodic percentage rate or rates. If the applicable periodic percentage rate under the agreement governing the plan is other than daily, periodic interest may be calculated on an amount not in excess of the average of outstanding unpaid indebtedness for the applicable billing period, determined by dividing the total of the amounts of outstanding unpaid indebtedness for each day in the applicable billing period by the number of days in the billing period. If the applicable periodic percentage rate under the agreement governing the plan is monthly, a billing period shall be deemed to be a month or monthly if the last day of each billing period is on the same day of each month or does not vary by more that 4 days therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/6) (from Ch. 17, par. 7006)
    Sec. 6. In addition to or in lieu of interest at a periodic rate or rates as provided in Section 5, and without limitation of the foregoing Section 4, a financial institution may, if the agreement governing the revolving credit plan so provides, charge and collect as interest, in such manner or form as the plan may provide, an annual or other periodic fee for the privileges made available to the borrower under the plan, a transaction charge or charges, late fees or delinquency charges, returned payment charges, over limit charges and fees for services rendered.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/7) (from Ch. 17, par. 7007)
    Sec. 7. (a) At or before the date a billing statement is first rendered to the borrower under a revolving credit plan, the financial institution must mail or deliver to the borrower a written description of the conditions under which a charge for interest may be made and the method, including the rate (expressed as an annual percentage rate), of computing these interest charges. If during any billing period any debit or credit entry is made to a borrower's account under a revolving credit plan, and if at the end of that billing period there is an unpaid balance owing to the financial institution from the borrower, the financial institution must give to the borrower the following information within a reasonable time after the end of the billing period:
    (1) the unpaid balance at the beginning of the billing period;
    (2) the date and amount of all loans or purchases made during the billing period;
    (3) the payments by the borrower to the financial institution and any other credits to the borrower's account during the billing period;
    (4) the amount of interest and other charges, if any, charged to the borrower's account during the billing period;
    (5) the amount which must be currently paid by the borrower and the date on which that amount must be paid in order to avoid delinquency; and
    (6) the total amount remaining unpaid at the end of the billing period and the right of the borrower to prepay that amount in full without penalty.
A financial institution which complies with or is exempt from the applicable disclosure requirements of the Truth‑in‑Lending Act, and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time, shall be deemed to be in compliance or exempt from with all of the provisions of this Section 7.
    (b) The financial institution under a revolving credit plan must compute at the end of each calendar year the total amount charged to the borrower's account during such year, including interest and any other charges, and upon request must furnish such information to the borrower within 30 days after the end of the year, or if the account has been terminated during such year, may give such requested information with 30 days after such termination. The financial institution shall annually inform the borrower of the right to obtain such information.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/8)(from Ch. 17, par. 7008)
    Sec. 8. Amendment of agreement governing revolving credit plans other than credit card accounts.
    (a) If the agreement governing a revolving credit plan other than a credit card account so provides or allows, a financial institution may at any time or from time to time amend the terms of such agreement in accordance with the further provisions of this Section 8. The financial institution shall notify each affected borrower of the amendment in the manner set forth in the agreement governing the plan and in compliance with the requirements of the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time, if applicable.
    (b) Subject to subsection (c) below, if the terms of the agreement governing the plan, as originally drawn or as amended pursuant to this Section so provide, any amendment may, on and after the date upon which it becomes effective as to a particular borrower, apply to all then outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's account under the plan, including any such indebtedness which shall have arisen out of purchases made or loans obtained prior to the effective date of the amendment.
    (c) If such amendment has the effect of increasing the interest or other charges to be paid by the borrower, the financial institution shall mail or deliver to the borrower, at least 30 days before the effective date of the amendment, a clear and conspicuous written notice which shall:
        (1) describe the amendment and the existing term or
    terms of the agreement affected by the amendment,
        (2) set forth the effective date of the amendment,
        (3) state whether or not the amendment will apply to
    the outstanding unpaid indebtedness as of the effective date of the amendment,
        (4) state that absent the borrower's written notice
    to the financial institution within 30 days of the earlier of the mailing or delivery of the notice of amendment that the borrower does not agree to accept the amendment, the amendment will become effective and apply to the borrower's account, and
        (5) provide an address to which the borrower may send
    notice of the borrower's election not to accept the amendment and include an addressed postcard that the borrower may return to the financial institution for that purpose.
    (c‑5) If such amendment results in an unfavorable change in the interest or other charges on a revolving credit plan which: (i) relates to a change in the borrower's credit standing, (ii) does not affect all or a substantial portion of a class of the creditor's accounts, and (iii) does not relate to inactivity, default, or delinquency on that revolving credit plan, the financial institution shall include in the notice required by subsection (c) of this Section 8 a statement that is substantially similar to the following:
Change in Credit Standing
        The amendment to the terms of your account relates to
    a change in your credit standing. The change in your credit standing may have resulted from a default or delinquency on other accounts you may have, or other adverse changes in your financial circumstances. If you submit the enclosed postcard or otherwise notify us in a timely manner as provided in this notice that you do not accept the amendment, you will be able to pay off your existing balance at the rate in effect prior to the amendment. However, in that instance, you may not be eligible to obtain additional credit under this plan after the effective date of the amendment. If you do not provide timely notice to us as provided in this notice that you do not accept the amendment, the amendment to the terms of your account will become effective and apply to your account.
    (c‑10) As a condition to the effectiveness of the borrower's notice not to accept the amendment, the financial institution may require the borrower to return all credit devices.
    Any borrower who gives a timely notice electing not to accept the amendment shall be permitted to pay the outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's account under the plan in accordance with the terms of the agreement governing the plan without giving effect to the amendment.
    Notwithstanding the financial institution's receipt of the borrower's notice under item (4) of subsection (c) that the borrower does not accept the amendment, the amendment shall be deemed to have been accepted and effective with respect to the borrower and the borrower's account if the borrower uses the credit device to obtain credit under the credit plan on or after the effective date of the amendment, and the amendment shall be deemed effective as of the effective date originally disclosed by the financial institution.
    (d) For purposes of this Section, the following shall not be deemed an amendment which has the effect of increasing the interest to be paid by the borrower:
        (1) a decrease in the required amount of periodic
    installment payments; and
        (2) a change from a daily periodic rate to a periodic
    rate other than daily, or from a periodic rate other than daily to a daily periodic rate, provided that there is no resulting change in the annual percentage rate as determined in accordance with the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time.
(Source: P.A. 96‑1193, eff. 7‑22‑10.)

    (205 ILCS 675/8.5)
    Sec. 8.5. Amendment of agreement governing credit card accounts.
    (a) Amendment of terms. If the agreement governing a credit card account so provides or allows, then a financial institution may at any time or from time to time amend the terms of such agreement in accordance with the further provisions of this Section. The financial institution shall notify each affected borrower of the amendment in the manner set forth in the agreement governing the credit card account and in compliance with the requirements of the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time, if applicable. The provisions of Section 8 of this Act shall not apply to the amendment of the terms of the agreement governing the credit card account.
    (b) Interest rate increase limited to future transactions. An agreement governing a credit card account may be amended to increase the interest rate on future transactions which may take effect not less than 45 days after notice of the rate increase is provided to the borrower. The interest rate may only be applied to transactions that occur more than 14 days after provision of the notice to the borrower. The notice to the borrower shall disclose the interest rate applicable to new transactions, the date the interest rate will commence, the transactions subject to the increased interest rate, and the transactions subject to the current interest rate. A financial institution may not increase the interest rate under this subsection during the first year after the credit card account is opened.
    (c) Advance notice and right to reject an increase in fees or charges. An agreement governing a credit card account may be amended to increase fees or charges on or after an effective date that is at least 45 days after provision of a notice to the borrower, provided a financial institution may not increase fees or charges on a credit card account during the first year after the credit card account is opened. The notice to the borrower shall:
        (1) describe the change in terms contained in the
    amendment;
        (2) set forth the effective date of the amendment;
        (3) state that the borrower may reject the amendment
    prior to the effective date of the amendment;
        (4) provide an address to which the borrower may send
    notice of the borrower's election not to accept the amendment and include an addressed postcard that the borrower may return to the financial institution for that purpose, or provide a toll‑free telephone number the borrower may use to notify the financial institution of the borrower's rejection of the amendment; and
        (5) if applicable, a statement that if the borrower
    rejects the amendment, then the borrower's ability to use the account for further advances will be terminated or suspended.
    (d) Interest rate increase applicable to current balances. A financial institution may not increase the interest rate on the outstanding unpaid indebtedness under a credit card agreement, except as permitted in the following:
        (1) Temporary rate exception. A financial institution
    may increase a promotional interest rate upon the expiration of a specified period of time of at least 6 months, provided that prior to the commencement of that period, the financial institution has disclosed to the borrower the length of the period and the increased interest rate that would apply after the expiration of the period.
        (2) Variable rate exception. A financial institution
    may increase the interest rate of a variable rate credit card account, established in accordance with the provisions of Section 5 of this Act, resulting from increases in an index that is not under the financial institution's control and is available to the general public.
        (3) Workout and temporary hardship exception. If an
    interest rate is reduced pursuant to a workout or temporary hardship arrangement, then the interest rate may be increased to the interest rate in effect prior to the reduction due to completion of the workout or temporary hardship arrangement by the borrower or the failure of the borrower to comply with the terms of the workout or temporary hardship arrangement, provided the financial institution has furnished the borrower with a clear and conspicuous disclosure of the terms of the arrangement prior to commencement of the arrangement.
        (4) Delinquency exception. A financial institution
    may increase the interest rate if the borrower's required minimum payment has not been received by the financial institution within 60 days after the due date for the payment, provided that after the minimum payment is 60 days delinquent a notice is furnished to the borrower 45 days prior to the effective date of the increase stating the reason for the increase and that the increase will terminate not later than 6 months after the effective date of the increase if the financial institution receives the required minimum payments on time during that 6 month period.
        (5) Servicemember's Civil Relief Act exception. If an
    interest rate is decreased due to the provisions of 50 U.S.C. App. 527 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, then the financial institution may increase the interest rate once those provisions no longer apply, provided the financial institution may not apply to any transactions that occurred prior to the decrease an interest rate greater than the interest rate applied prior to the decrease.
    (e) Universal default prohibited. A financial institution may not impose an unfavorable change in the interest or other charges on a credit card account which: (i) relates to a change in the borrower's credit standing, (ii) does not affect all or a substantial portion of a class of the creditor's accounts, and (iii) does not relate to inactivity, default, or delinquency on that credit card account.
    (f) Any borrower who gives a timely notice under subsection (c) of this Section rejecting an amendment to increase fees or charges shall be permitted to pay the outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's credit card account, in accordance with the terms of the agreement governing the credit card account without giving effect to the amendment.
    (g) For purposes of this Section, the following shall not be deemed an amendment that has the effect of increasing the interest to be paid by the borrower:
        (1) a decrease in the required amount of periodic
    installment payments; and
        (2) a change from a daily periodic rate to a periodic
    rate other than daily, or from a periodic rate other than daily to a daily periodic rate, provided that there is no resulting change in the annual percentage rate as determined in accordance with the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time.
(Source: P.A. 96‑1193, eff. 7‑22‑10.)

    (205 ILCS 675/9) (from Ch. 17, par. 7009)
    Sec. 9. No writing or other agreement between a borrower and a financial institution may contain any provision which constitutes a waiver of any right conferred upon borrowers by this Act, or of any duty, condition or limitation imposed upon financial institutions by this Act. Nothing in this Section 9 prohibits, however, any writing or other agreement which grants to a borrower a more extensive right or remedy or greater protection than contained in this Act or a waiver given in settlement of a dispute or action.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/10) (from Ch. 17, par. 7010)
    Sec. 10. A revolving credit plan between a financial institution and a borrower shall be governed by the laws of this State. All terms, conditions and other provisions of and relating to a plan, including, without limitation, provisions relating to the method of determining the outstanding unpaid indebtedness on which interest is applied, time periods within which interest charges may be avoided, change in terms, requirements, rights to charge and collect attorneys' fees, court and collection costs and the computing of periodic interest or charges, shall be and hereby are deemed to be material to the determination of interest applicable to a plan under Illinois law, Section 85 of the National Bank Act and Sections 521 through 523 of the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/11) (from Ch. 17, par. 7011)
    Sec. 11. Any amendment of a revolving credit plan which violates the conditions or limitations of Section 8 of this Act shall not be enforceable, but such plan shall remain enforceable according to its original terms. Any borrower whose revolving credit plan has been unlawfully amended may recover by means of an action or defense an amount equal to twice the amount by which such borrower's payments of interest and charges were increased solely due to such unlawful amendment, plus such reasonable attorneys' fees and court costs as may be assessed by a court against the financial institution. Recovery by means of a defense may be had at any time after such amendment purports to be effective. Recovery by means of an action may be had at any time after such amendment purports to be effective and prior to the expiration of 2 years after the earlier of (1) the date the last payment of such unlawfully increased interest or charges, or (2) the date on which the borrower's plan has been terminated. A bona fide error in connection with the amendment of a revolving credit plan shall not be a violation under this Section if the financial institution corrects the error within a reasonable time.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

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Statutes > Illinois > Chapter205 > 1205

    (205 ILCS 675/1) (from Ch. 17, par. 7001)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Illinois Financial Services Development Act".
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/2) (from Ch. 17, par. 7002)
    Sec. 2. Findings and Declarations of Policy. The General Assembly hereby finds, determines and declares:
    (a) That the economic strength of Illinois requires strong and effective financial institutions in Illinois;
    (b) That in order to cultivate the economic strength of the financial institutions in Illinois, it is necessary to strengthen job opportunities so as to encourage Illinois financial institutions to expand in Illinois and to attract new financial institutions to Illinois;
    (c) That Illinois is losing existing jobs and future job opportunities in Illinois financing institutions because of an adverse regulatory climate involving consumer revolving credit laws;
    (d) That the State has a responsibility to create a beneficial climate for new and improved job opportunities for its citizens with financial institutions of all kinds by encouraging the growth and strengthening of Illinois financial institutions;
    (e) That in order for Illinois financial institutions to provide the jobs and business opportunities for the citizens of Illinois, the restrictions on consumer revolving credit plans must be modernized and made competitive with those offered to financial institutions located in other states who in turn provide their services in direct competition with the Illinois financial institutions;
    (f) That without this modernization, Illinois financial institutions will reduce the existing job opportunities in Illinois and no longer look to Illinois as a good place to do business and to expand and grow.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/3) (from Ch. 17, par. 7003)
    Sec. 3. As used in this Section:
    (a) "Financial institution" means any bank with its main office or, after May 31, 1997, a branch in this State, any state or federal savings and loan association or savings bank with its main office or branch in this State, any state or federal credit union with its main office in this State, and any lender licensed under the Consumer Installment Loan Act or the Sales Finance Agency Act.
    (b) "Revolving credit plan" or "plan" means a plan contemplating the extension of credit under an account governed by an agreement between a financial institution and a borrower who is a natural person pursuant to which:
        (1) The financial institution permits the borrower
     and, if the agreement governing the plan so provides, persons acting on behalf of or with authorization from the borrower, from time to time to make purchases and to obtain loans by any means whatsoever, including use of a credit device primarily for personal, family or household purposes;
        (2) the amounts of such purchases and loans are
     charged to the borrower's account under the revolving credit plan;
        (3) the borrower is required to pay the financial
     institution the amounts of all purchases and loans charged to such borrower's account under the plan but has the privilege of paying such amounts outstanding from time to time in full or installments; and
        (4) interest may be charged and collected by the
     financial institution from time to time on the outstanding unpaid indebtedness under such plan.
    (c) "Credit device" means any card, check, identification code or other means of identification contemplated by the agreement governing the plan.
    (d) "Outstanding unpaid indebtedness" means on any day an amount not in excess of the total amount of purchases and loans charged to the borrower's account under the plan which is outstanding and unpaid at the end of the day, after adding the aggregate amount of any new purchases and loans charged to the account as of that day and deducting the aggregate amount of any payments and credits applied to that indebtedness as of that day and, if the agreement governing the plan so provides, may include the amount of any billed and unpaid interest and other charges.
(Source: P.A. 89‑208, eff. 9‑29‑95.)

    (205 ILCS 675/4) (from Ch. 17, par. 7004)
    Sec. 4. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other laws in connection with revolving credit plans, any financial institution may, subject to the other provisions of this Section 4 offer and extend credit under a revolving credit plan to a borrower and in connection therewith may charge and collect interest and other charges, may take real and personal property as security therefor and may provide in the agreement governing the revolving credit plan for such other terms and conditions as the financial institution and borrower may agree upon from time to time. A financial institution offering or soliciting a revolving credit plan involving a credit card, or extending credit pursuant to the use of a credit card under any such plan, shall comply with provisions of "An Act relating to the issuance and use of credit cards", approved September 16, 1969, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/5) (from Ch. 17, par. 7005)
    Sec. 5. A financial institution may charge and collect interest under a revolving credit plan on outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's account under the plan at such periodic percentage rate or rates as the agreement governing the plan provides or as established in the manner provided in the agreement governing the plan. If the agreement governing the revolving credit plan so provides, the periodic percentage rate or rates of interest under such plan may vary in accordance with a schedule or formula. Such periodic percentage rate or rates may vary from time to time as the rate determined in accordance with such schedule or formula varies and such periodic percentage rate or rates, as so varied, may be made applicable to all outstanding unpaid indebtedness under the plan on or after the effective date of such variation, including any such indebtedness arising out of purchases made or loans obtained prior to such variation in the periodic percentage rate or rates. If the applicable periodic percentage rate under the agreement governing the plan is other than daily, periodic interest may be calculated on an amount not in excess of the average of outstanding unpaid indebtedness for the applicable billing period, determined by dividing the total of the amounts of outstanding unpaid indebtedness for each day in the applicable billing period by the number of days in the billing period. If the applicable periodic percentage rate under the agreement governing the plan is monthly, a billing period shall be deemed to be a month or monthly if the last day of each billing period is on the same day of each month or does not vary by more that 4 days therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/6) (from Ch. 17, par. 7006)
    Sec. 6. In addition to or in lieu of interest at a periodic rate or rates as provided in Section 5, and without limitation of the foregoing Section 4, a financial institution may, if the agreement governing the revolving credit plan so provides, charge and collect as interest, in such manner or form as the plan may provide, an annual or other periodic fee for the privileges made available to the borrower under the plan, a transaction charge or charges, late fees or delinquency charges, returned payment charges, over limit charges and fees for services rendered.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/7) (from Ch. 17, par. 7007)
    Sec. 7. (a) At or before the date a billing statement is first rendered to the borrower under a revolving credit plan, the financial institution must mail or deliver to the borrower a written description of the conditions under which a charge for interest may be made and the method, including the rate (expressed as an annual percentage rate), of computing these interest charges. If during any billing period any debit or credit entry is made to a borrower's account under a revolving credit plan, and if at the end of that billing period there is an unpaid balance owing to the financial institution from the borrower, the financial institution must give to the borrower the following information within a reasonable time after the end of the billing period:
    (1) the unpaid balance at the beginning of the billing period;
    (2) the date and amount of all loans or purchases made during the billing period;
    (3) the payments by the borrower to the financial institution and any other credits to the borrower's account during the billing period;
    (4) the amount of interest and other charges, if any, charged to the borrower's account during the billing period;
    (5) the amount which must be currently paid by the borrower and the date on which that amount must be paid in order to avoid delinquency; and
    (6) the total amount remaining unpaid at the end of the billing period and the right of the borrower to prepay that amount in full without penalty.
A financial institution which complies with or is exempt from the applicable disclosure requirements of the Truth‑in‑Lending Act, and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time, shall be deemed to be in compliance or exempt from with all of the provisions of this Section 7.
    (b) The financial institution under a revolving credit plan must compute at the end of each calendar year the total amount charged to the borrower's account during such year, including interest and any other charges, and upon request must furnish such information to the borrower within 30 days after the end of the year, or if the account has been terminated during such year, may give such requested information with 30 days after such termination. The financial institution shall annually inform the borrower of the right to obtain such information.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/8)(from Ch. 17, par. 7008)
    Sec. 8. Amendment of agreement governing revolving credit plans other than credit card accounts.
    (a) If the agreement governing a revolving credit plan other than a credit card account so provides or allows, a financial institution may at any time or from time to time amend the terms of such agreement in accordance with the further provisions of this Section 8. The financial institution shall notify each affected borrower of the amendment in the manner set forth in the agreement governing the plan and in compliance with the requirements of the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time, if applicable.
    (b) Subject to subsection (c) below, if the terms of the agreement governing the plan, as originally drawn or as amended pursuant to this Section so provide, any amendment may, on and after the date upon which it becomes effective as to a particular borrower, apply to all then outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's account under the plan, including any such indebtedness which shall have arisen out of purchases made or loans obtained prior to the effective date of the amendment.
    (c) If such amendment has the effect of increasing the interest or other charges to be paid by the borrower, the financial institution shall mail or deliver to the borrower, at least 30 days before the effective date of the amendment, a clear and conspicuous written notice which shall:
        (1) describe the amendment and the existing term or
    terms of the agreement affected by the amendment,
        (2) set forth the effective date of the amendment,
        (3) state whether or not the amendment will apply to
    the outstanding unpaid indebtedness as of the effective date of the amendment,
        (4) state that absent the borrower's written notice
    to the financial institution within 30 days of the earlier of the mailing or delivery of the notice of amendment that the borrower does not agree to accept the amendment, the amendment will become effective and apply to the borrower's account, and
        (5) provide an address to which the borrower may send
    notice of the borrower's election not to accept the amendment and include an addressed postcard that the borrower may return to the financial institution for that purpose.
    (c‑5) If such amendment results in an unfavorable change in the interest or other charges on a revolving credit plan which: (i) relates to a change in the borrower's credit standing, (ii) does not affect all or a substantial portion of a class of the creditor's accounts, and (iii) does not relate to inactivity, default, or delinquency on that revolving credit plan, the financial institution shall include in the notice required by subsection (c) of this Section 8 a statement that is substantially similar to the following:
Change in Credit Standing
        The amendment to the terms of your account relates to
    a change in your credit standing. The change in your credit standing may have resulted from a default or delinquency on other accounts you may have, or other adverse changes in your financial circumstances. If you submit the enclosed postcard or otherwise notify us in a timely manner as provided in this notice that you do not accept the amendment, you will be able to pay off your existing balance at the rate in effect prior to the amendment. However, in that instance, you may not be eligible to obtain additional credit under this plan after the effective date of the amendment. If you do not provide timely notice to us as provided in this notice that you do not accept the amendment, the amendment to the terms of your account will become effective and apply to your account.
    (c‑10) As a condition to the effectiveness of the borrower's notice not to accept the amendment, the financial institution may require the borrower to return all credit devices.
    Any borrower who gives a timely notice electing not to accept the amendment shall be permitted to pay the outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's account under the plan in accordance with the terms of the agreement governing the plan without giving effect to the amendment.
    Notwithstanding the financial institution's receipt of the borrower's notice under item (4) of subsection (c) that the borrower does not accept the amendment, the amendment shall be deemed to have been accepted and effective with respect to the borrower and the borrower's account if the borrower uses the credit device to obtain credit under the credit plan on or after the effective date of the amendment, and the amendment shall be deemed effective as of the effective date originally disclosed by the financial institution.
    (d) For purposes of this Section, the following shall not be deemed an amendment which has the effect of increasing the interest to be paid by the borrower:
        (1) a decrease in the required amount of periodic
    installment payments; and
        (2) a change from a daily periodic rate to a periodic
    rate other than daily, or from a periodic rate other than daily to a daily periodic rate, provided that there is no resulting change in the annual percentage rate as determined in accordance with the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time.
(Source: P.A. 96‑1193, eff. 7‑22‑10.)

    (205 ILCS 675/8.5)
    Sec. 8.5. Amendment of agreement governing credit card accounts.
    (a) Amendment of terms. If the agreement governing a credit card account so provides or allows, then a financial institution may at any time or from time to time amend the terms of such agreement in accordance with the further provisions of this Section. The financial institution shall notify each affected borrower of the amendment in the manner set forth in the agreement governing the credit card account and in compliance with the requirements of the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time, if applicable. The provisions of Section 8 of this Act shall not apply to the amendment of the terms of the agreement governing the credit card account.
    (b) Interest rate increase limited to future transactions. An agreement governing a credit card account may be amended to increase the interest rate on future transactions which may take effect not less than 45 days after notice of the rate increase is provided to the borrower. The interest rate may only be applied to transactions that occur more than 14 days after provision of the notice to the borrower. The notice to the borrower shall disclose the interest rate applicable to new transactions, the date the interest rate will commence, the transactions subject to the increased interest rate, and the transactions subject to the current interest rate. A financial institution may not increase the interest rate under this subsection during the first year after the credit card account is opened.
    (c) Advance notice and right to reject an increase in fees or charges. An agreement governing a credit card account may be amended to increase fees or charges on or after an effective date that is at least 45 days after provision of a notice to the borrower, provided a financial institution may not increase fees or charges on a credit card account during the first year after the credit card account is opened. The notice to the borrower shall:
        (1) describe the change in terms contained in the
    amendment;
        (2) set forth the effective date of the amendment;
        (3) state that the borrower may reject the amendment
    prior to the effective date of the amendment;
        (4) provide an address to which the borrower may send
    notice of the borrower's election not to accept the amendment and include an addressed postcard that the borrower may return to the financial institution for that purpose, or provide a toll‑free telephone number the borrower may use to notify the financial institution of the borrower's rejection of the amendment; and
        (5) if applicable, a statement that if the borrower
    rejects the amendment, then the borrower's ability to use the account for further advances will be terminated or suspended.
    (d) Interest rate increase applicable to current balances. A financial institution may not increase the interest rate on the outstanding unpaid indebtedness under a credit card agreement, except as permitted in the following:
        (1) Temporary rate exception. A financial institution
    may increase a promotional interest rate upon the expiration of a specified period of time of at least 6 months, provided that prior to the commencement of that period, the financial institution has disclosed to the borrower the length of the period and the increased interest rate that would apply after the expiration of the period.
        (2) Variable rate exception. A financial institution
    may increase the interest rate of a variable rate credit card account, established in accordance with the provisions of Section 5 of this Act, resulting from increases in an index that is not under the financial institution's control and is available to the general public.
        (3) Workout and temporary hardship exception. If an
    interest rate is reduced pursuant to a workout or temporary hardship arrangement, then the interest rate may be increased to the interest rate in effect prior to the reduction due to completion of the workout or temporary hardship arrangement by the borrower or the failure of the borrower to comply with the terms of the workout or temporary hardship arrangement, provided the financial institution has furnished the borrower with a clear and conspicuous disclosure of the terms of the arrangement prior to commencement of the arrangement.
        (4) Delinquency exception. A financial institution
    may increase the interest rate if the borrower's required minimum payment has not been received by the financial institution within 60 days after the due date for the payment, provided that after the minimum payment is 60 days delinquent a notice is furnished to the borrower 45 days prior to the effective date of the increase stating the reason for the increase and that the increase will terminate not later than 6 months after the effective date of the increase if the financial institution receives the required minimum payments on time during that 6 month period.
        (5) Servicemember's Civil Relief Act exception. If an
    interest rate is decreased due to the provisions of 50 U.S.C. App. 527 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, then the financial institution may increase the interest rate once those provisions no longer apply, provided the financial institution may not apply to any transactions that occurred prior to the decrease an interest rate greater than the interest rate applied prior to the decrease.
    (e) Universal default prohibited. A financial institution may not impose an unfavorable change in the interest or other charges on a credit card account which: (i) relates to a change in the borrower's credit standing, (ii) does not affect all or a substantial portion of a class of the creditor's accounts, and (iii) does not relate to inactivity, default, or delinquency on that credit card account.
    (f) Any borrower who gives a timely notice under subsection (c) of this Section rejecting an amendment to increase fees or charges shall be permitted to pay the outstanding unpaid indebtedness in the borrower's credit card account, in accordance with the terms of the agreement governing the credit card account without giving effect to the amendment.
    (g) For purposes of this Section, the following shall not be deemed an amendment that has the effect of increasing the interest to be paid by the borrower:
        (1) a decrease in the required amount of periodic
    installment payments; and
        (2) a change from a daily periodic rate to a periodic
    rate other than daily, or from a periodic rate other than daily to a daily periodic rate, provided that there is no resulting change in the annual percentage rate as determined in accordance with the Truth‑in‑Lending Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, as in effect from time to time.
(Source: P.A. 96‑1193, eff. 7‑22‑10.)

    (205 ILCS 675/9) (from Ch. 17, par. 7009)
    Sec. 9. No writing or other agreement between a borrower and a financial institution may contain any provision which constitutes a waiver of any right conferred upon borrowers by this Act, or of any duty, condition or limitation imposed upon financial institutions by this Act. Nothing in this Section 9 prohibits, however, any writing or other agreement which grants to a borrower a more extensive right or remedy or greater protection than contained in this Act or a waiver given in settlement of a dispute or action.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/10) (from Ch. 17, par. 7010)
    Sec. 10. A revolving credit plan between a financial institution and a borrower shall be governed by the laws of this State. All terms, conditions and other provisions of and relating to a plan, including, without limitation, provisions relating to the method of determining the outstanding unpaid indebtedness on which interest is applied, time periods within which interest charges may be avoided, change in terms, requirements, rights to charge and collect attorneys' fees, court and collection costs and the computing of periodic interest or charges, shall be and hereby are deemed to be material to the determination of interest applicable to a plan under Illinois law, Section 85 of the National Bank Act and Sections 521 through 523 of the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

    (205 ILCS 675/11) (from Ch. 17, par. 7011)
    Sec. 11. Any amendment of a revolving credit plan which violates the conditions or limitations of Section 8 of this Act shall not be enforceable, but such plan shall remain enforceable according to its original terms. Any borrower whose revolving credit plan has been unlawfully amended may recover by means of an action or defense an amount equal to twice the amount by which such borrower's payments of interest and charges were increased solely due to such unlawful amendment, plus such reasonable attorneys' fees and court costs as may be assessed by a court against the financial institution. Recovery by means of a defense may be had at any time after such amendment purports to be effective. Recovery by means of an action may be had at any time after such amendment purports to be effective and prior to the expiration of 2 years after the earlier of (1) the date the last payment of such unlawfully increased interest or charges, or (2) the date on which the borrower's plan has been terminated. A bona fide error in connection with the amendment of a revolving credit plan shall not be a violation under this Section if the financial institution corrects the error within a reasonable time.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1432.)

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