Many doctors have licenses in more than one state. Whether you have actively use your license or just have it just in case, a discipline in one state is likely to lead to a discipline in another. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will often mirror the discipline of another state. There is no hard and fast rule in the Illinois Medical Practice Act that Illinois MUST follow the discipline of another state. Some states are harder on doctors than others. Illinois is harder than some and more lenient than others. Just becuase a state has disciplined you does not mean that you MUST get the same punishment in Illinois. A doctor disciplined in one state has the right to a hearing in Illinois, not to dispute the fact that the doctor was disciplined (unless that is actually the case) but to show that the discipline in Illinois should be less restrictive.