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(215 ILCS 5/359a)
(from Ch. 73, par. 971a)
(1) No policy of insurance except an Industrial Accident and Health
Policy provided for by this article shall be issued, except upon the
signed application of the person or persons sought to be insured. Any
information or statement of the applicant shall plainly appear upon such
application in the form of interrogatories by the insurer and answers by
the applicant. The insured shall not be bound by any statement made in an
application for any policy, including an Industrial Accident and Health
Policy, unless a copy of such application is attached to or endorsed on the
policy when issued as a part thereof. If any such policy delivered or
issued for delivery to any person in this state shall be reinstated or
renewed, and the insured or the beneficiary or assignee of such policy
shall make written request to the insurer for a copy of the application, if
any, for such reinstatement or renewal, the insurer shall within fifteen
days after the receipt of such request at its home office or any branch
office of the insurer, deliver or mail to the person making such request, a
copy of such application. If such copy shall not be so delivered or mailed,
the insurer shall be precluded from introducing such application as
evidence in any action or proceeding based upon or involving such policy or
its reinstatement or renewal.
(2) No alteration of any written application for any such policy shall
be made by any person other than the applicant without his written consent,
except that insertions may be made by the insurer, for administrative
purposes only, in such manner as to indicate clearly that such insertions
are not to be ascribed to the applicant.
(3) The falsity of any statement in the application for any policy
covered by this act may not bar the right to recovery thereunder unless
such false statement materially affected either the acceptance of the risk
or the hazard assumed by the insurer.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 611.)