Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation


For Immediate Release:
November 4, 2010  

State Regulators Work with Springfield Officials to Protect Homeowners


Four roofers arrested for unlicensed practice


SPRINGFIELD – Investigators from the City of Springfield, the Springfield Police Department and the Building and Zoning Department teamed up with Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to make sure that roofing firms seeking to do business in Springfield are appropriately licensed.  Of the five roofers checked for licenses so far, four unlicensed roofers were found to be actively seeking roofing work in the City.  As a result of the compliance detail, investigators arrested four people and charged them with Licensure Requirement 225 ILCS 335/9(1) Class A Misdemeanor. 

Charged were Stephen L. Richardson (DOB 3/10/75), 800 block N. 3rd, Riverton; Eric Anderson (DOB 3/5/79), 1500 block 900th St., Mount Pulaski; Brandon L. Rathbone (DOB 3/23/83), 400 block North St., Springfield; and David L. Edwards (DOB 4/15/65) 1200 block of 500 St., Mount Pulaski.  Since this is an ongoing investigation, additional arrests are possible.

All too often – especially during the construction season or after a major storm – property owners are solicited by unscrupulous roofing contractors and pressured to accept work with high prices and low quality.  In response to consumer complaints and concerns raised by homeowners, city officials and IDFPR investigators conducted compliance checks in Springfield on roofing contractors.   Investigators met with contractors and determined if they were properly licensed in the State of Illinois.
It is important that homeowners hire only licensed roofing firms.  A compliance check like this helps ensure that roofing work will meet minimum standards and ensures that the roofing firms are insured and bonded.  Licensed roofers are also required to have the name of their firm properly identified on their trucks and must use their license number on any advertising or marketing materials. General contractors are not permitted to provide roofing services unless they also have an active roofing contractor license. Finally, unlicensed roofing is a criminal offense and first offenders can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and be sentenced to up to 364 days in prison.  Subsequent violations are Class 4 felonies that could result in1-3 years’ incarceration.                  

The goal of the compliance check is to ensure quality services for the citizens of Springfield by licensed contractors. If you have questions about licensing, contractors, or City Codes please contact the City of Springfield Building and Zoning Department.