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such license was issued, the requirements for a license to practice structural engineering were equal to those prescribed in this State, and that such state, territory or country accord a like privilege to structural engineers who hold licenses issued under the provisions of this Act. § 7. Every person holding a license to practice structural engineering in this State shall have it recorded in the office of the Secretary of State and the date of recording shall be endorsed thereon, and upon such recording said license shall be of force and effect throughout the State. The Secretary of State shall be entitled to receive a fee of $1.00 for the recording of each license filed for record. Until such license is recorded as herein provided, the holder thereof shall not exercise any of the rights or privileges conferred therein and thereby. $ 8. Every licensed structural engineer shall have a seal, the impression of which must contain the name of the Structural Engineer, his place of business, and the words, “Licensed Structural Engineer,” “State of Illinois,” with which he shall stamp all plans, drawings and specifications issued by him for use in this State. § 9. Persons licensed to pragtice structural engineering in this State under this Act shall be exempt from the provisions of “An Act to provide for the licensing of architects and regulating the practice of architecture as a profession,” approved June 3, 1897, and in force July 1, 1897 and all amendments thereto. § 10. No corporation shall be licensed to practice structural engineering, but it shall be lawful for it to prepare drawings, plans and specifications for buildings and structures as defined in this Act which are constructed, erected, built or their construction supervised by such corporation, provided that the chief executive officer or managing agent of such corporation in the State of Illinois shall be a structural engineer licensed under this Act. § 11. It shall be lawful for one or more licensed structural engineers to enter into copartnership with one or more architects licensed under the laws of this State, for the practice of their professions. § 12. Any person who shall be engaged in the designing or supervising of the construction, enlargement or alteration of any structures, other than buildings, as hereinafter defined, or any part thereof for others, and to be constructed by persons other than himself, shall be regarded as practicing structural engineering within the meaning of this Act, and shall be held to comply with the same. Structures within the meaning of this Act shall be construed to mean all structures other than buildings, having as essential features, foundations, columns, girders, trusses, arches and beams, with or without other parts, and in which safe design and construction requires that loads and stresses must be computed and the size and strength of parts must be determined by mathematical calculations based upon scientific principles and engineering data, and any person who shall be engaged as a principal in the designing and supervision of the construction of structures or the structural parts of structures designed solely for the generation of electricity, or for the hoisting, cleaning, sizing, or storing of coal, cement, sand, grain, gravel or similar material, elevators manufacturing plants, docks, bridges, blast furnaces, rolling mills, gas producers and reservoirs, smelters, dams, reservoirs, waterworks, sanitary works as applied to the purification of water or plants for waste and sewage disposal or roundhouses for locomotives, railroad shops, pumping or power stations for drainage districts, or power houses, shall be considered as structural engineers within the meaning of this Act, and shall be entitled to the benefits of these provisions, even though such structures may come under the definition of “buildings” as defined in “An Act to provide for the licensing of architects and regulating the practice of architecture as a profession,” approved June 3, 1897, in force July 1, 1897, and all amendments thereto: Provided, however, that nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to limit or abridge the rights, privileges and duties of architects licensed to practice under the provisions of said Act, nor to modify, limit or repeal any of the provisions of said Act: And, provided, further, that nothing contained in this Act shall prevent draftsmen, students, clerks of work, superintendents and other employees of those legally practicing as structural engineers under licenses as herein provided for from acting under the instructions, control or supervision of their employers or shall prevent the employment of superintendents of construction paid by the owner from acting if under the control and direction of a licensed structural engineer who has prepared the drawings and specifications for the structure: And provided, further, that nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to prevent any person, mechanic or builder from making plans or specifications, or supervising the construction, enlargement or alteration of any structure or building which is to be constructed by himself or his employees, and for his own use. § 13. After six months from the taking effect of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to practice structural engineering without a license in this State, or to advertise, or to display a sign or card, or other device which indicates or represents that he is entitled to practice as a structural engineer in this State, and any person guilty of the violation of any of the provisions of this Act shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten ($10) dollars nor more than two hundred ($200) dollars, for each and every offense. § 14. It shall be lawful and be the duty of the State Building Commissioner appointed and acting under any State Building Code which is now or which may hereafter be in force and effect in this State, or of any Building Commissioner of any city, town or village organized under any general or special law of this State, which has adopted a building code or other ordinance or laws relative to the construction, alteration, repair, maintenance and safety of buildings and structures, and providing for the issuing of building permits by a Building Commissioner or other officer designated for that purpose, to issue permits for the construction, enlargement or alteration of such buildings as defined in Section 12 of this Act or structures to any owner, or his agent, upon the filing with the State Building Commissioner or with the Building Commissioner of such city, town or village, of a true copy of the plans, drawings and specifications for the construction, enlargement or alteration of such buildings or structures, and a certificate signed by the structural engineer who executed them certifying under his seal that said plans, drawings and specifications are in accordance with the State Building Code, or the Building Code of such city, town or village, as the case may be: Provided, Such structural engineer shall be licensed under this Act: And, Provided, Such owner or his agent has complied with all other requirements of law requisite to obtain such building permit: And, provided, further, That such plans, drawings and specifications are in accordance with the State Building Code, or the Building Code of such city, town or village, as the case may be. § 15. Every licensed structural engineer in this State, who desires to continue the practice of his profession, shall annually, during the time he shall continue in such practice, pay to the Secretary of the Board during the month of July, a fee of ten ($10) dollars, and the Secretary shall thereupon issue to such licensed structural engineer a certificate of renewal of his license for the term of one year. Failure by any licensed structural engineer in actual practice to cause his license to be renewed during the month of July in each and every year, shall constitutute valid grounds for the revocation of his license. The failure to renew such license in apt time shall not deprive such structural engineer of the right of renewal thereafter; but the fee to be paid upon the renewal of a license after the month of July shall be fifteen ($15) dollars. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Board to file with the Secretary of State on the 15th days of February and August in each year certified lists of all licenses then in force, upon the filing of each of which said lists, the Secretary of State shall be entitled to receive a fee of $1.00. § 16. Licenses issued in accordance with the provisions of this Act shall remain in full force unless revoked for cause, as hereinafter provided. Any license so granted may be revoked by a four-fifths vote of the State Board of Examiners for gross incompetency; or recklessness in the construction of buildings or other structures; or for fraudulently affixing his seal to plans, drawings or specifications; or for any dishonest practice or practices on the part of the holder thereof; or for fraud in obtaining his license; or practicing without payment of the annual license renewal fee provided in section fifteen (15) of this Act; but before any license shall be revoked such holder shall be entitled to at least twenty days’ notice of the charge against him, and of the time and place of the meeting of the Board for the hearing and determining of such charge. For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act relating to the revocation of licenses, the Board, and each member thereof, shall have the power to administer oaths, and said Board shall have the power to secure by its subpoena both the attendance and the testimony of witnesses, and the production of books and papers, relevant to any investigation by the Board for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act, relating to the revocation of licenses. Witnesses shall be entitled to the same fees and mileage as witnesses in a Court of Record, to be paid in like manner. The accused shall be entitled to the subpoena of the Board for his witnesses, and to be heard in person or by counsel in open public trial. Any circuit court of this State or any judge thereof, either in term time or vacation, upon application of such Board, may in its discretion by order duly entered by such court or judge thereof, require the attendance of witnesses, the production of books and papers, and giving of testimony before such Board, and upon refusal or neglect to so appear and testify and produce such books and papers as commanded by such order of the court or judge thereof, may compel, by attachment or otherwise, as provided by law, the attendance of such witnesses, the production of such books, and papers and the giving of testimony before such Board, in the same manner as production of evidence may be compelled before said court. Every person who, having taken an oath or made affirmation before said Board, shall wilfully swear or affirm falsely, shall be guilty of perjury and upon conviction shall be punished accordingly. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Board to promptly give notice of all revocations of licenses to the Secretary of State who shall make an entry thereof in his records. § 17. The State Board of Examiners shall have power to entertain and grant for good cause shown, petitions to vacate its orders revoking licenses and reinstate such petitioner to practice in this State, and to adopt rules and regulations governing the requirements and hearing of such petition, provided that at least one year shall intervene between the date of the entry of the order revoking a license and the filing of such petition in cases involving gross incompetency, recklessness, dishonest practices, or fraud. The Board in its discretion may require petitioners whose licenses have been revoked for gross incompetency or recklessness to submit to an examination by the Board touching their professional qualifications and competency to practice, which shall at least cover the subjects required of applicants for a license by examination. Such petitions shall briefly state the date and cause of revocation, the grounds upon which petitioner seeks reinstatement, and such other facts as the Board by its rules may prescribe, and shall be verified by the petitioner. The Board in the hearing of such petitions shall, as near as may be, follow the practice required by this Act in relation to citations to revoke licenses. Any person interested may appear and contest such petitions. A majority vote of the Board shall be sufficient to reinstate such petitioners to practice. Every petitioner shall pay to the Secretary of the Board, in advance, upon the filing of his petition, a fee of ten ($10) dollars. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Board to promptly notify the Secretary of State of the reinstatement of any such applicant and the Secretary of State shall note the same on his records accordingly. § 18. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Examining Board to file at the close of each fiscal year with the Auditor of Public Accounts of the State of Illinois, a full annual report of the proceedings of the Board, including a statement of all funds received and disbursed, and he shall also pay over to the State Treasurer of the State of Illinois, quarterly, all license fees and renewal and other fees collected by him during the preceding quarter and take his receipt therefor. Said report shall be attested by the affidavits of the President and Secretary. APPROVED July 5th, 1915.

EVIDENCE.

PRO OF OF HANDWRITING.

§ 1. Handwriting may be proved by comparison $ 3. 9. to examine by opposite party with writings admitted in evidence. efore introduction in evidence.

§ 2. Notice must be given before writing admitted.

(House BIll No. 501. Approv Ed JUNE 23, 1915.)

AN ACT concerning proof of handwriting and to permit proof of handwriting to be made by comparison. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That in all courts of this State it shall be lawful to prove handwriting by comparison made by the witness or jury with writings properly in the files or records of the case, admitted in evidence or treated as genuine or admitted to be genuine, by the party against whom the evidence is offered, or proved to be genuine to the satisfaction of the court. - § 2. Before a standard of writing shall be admitted in evidence by the court for comparison such notice thereof as under all the circumstances of the case is reasonable shall first be given to the opposite party or his attorney. § 3. A reasonable opportunity to examine such proposed standards shall on motion duly made be accorded the opposite party, his attorney and witnesses, prior to the introduction in evidence of such standards and the court may, in its discretion, impound the same with the clerk of the court for that purpose. APPROVED July 23d, 1915.

FEES AND SALARIES.

CLERK OF THE COUNTY COURT.

§ 1. Amends Act of 1874 by adding section 18}. § 18}. Fee when personal estate does not exceed two thousand dollars— when fee remitted.

(House Bill No. 328. Approved JUNE 24, 1915.)

AN ACT to amend an Act entitled, “An Act concerning fees and salaries, and to classify the several counties of this State with reference thereto,” approved March 29, 1872, in force July 1, 1872, which title was amended as recited herein by an Act approved March 28, 1874, by adding thereto a new section to be known as section 18%. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That an Act entitled, “An Act concerning fees and salaries, and to classify the several counties of this State with reference thereto,” approved March 29, 1872, in force July 1, 1872, be and the same is hereby amended by adding thereto a new section to be known as section 181%. § 18%. In all cases in which the personal property of an estate does not exceed two thousand ($2,000) dollars in value, the fee of the clerk of the county court shall not exceed ten ($10) dollars, provided that moneys arising from the sale of real estate to pay debts shall to the

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