(20 ILCS 690/3) (from Ch. 5, par. 2253)
    Sec. 3. Definitions. The following words and phrases shall have the meaning ascribed to each of them in this Section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
    (a) "Office" means the Office of Rural Community Development within the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    (b) "Rural business" means a business, including a cooperative, proprietorship, partnership, corporation or other entity, that is located in a municipality of 20,000 population or less, or in an unincorporated area of a county with a population of less than 350,000, but not in a municipality which is contiguous to a municipality or municipalities with a population greater than 20,000. The business must also be engaged in manufacturing, mining, agriculture, wholesale, transportation, tourism, or utilities or in research and development or services to these basic industrial sectors.
    (c) "Agribusiness", for purpose of this Act, means a rural business that is defined as an agribusiness pursuant to the Illinois Finance Authority Act.
    (d) "Rural diversification project" means financing to a rural business for a specific activity undertaken to promote: (i) the improvement and expansion of business and industry in rural areas; (ii) creation of entrepreneurial and self-employment businesses; (iii) industry or region wide research directed to profit oriented uses of rural resources, and (iv) value added agricultural supply, production processing or reprocessing facilities or operations and shall include but not be limited to agricultural diversification projects.
    (e) "Financing" means direct loans at market or below market rate interest, grants, technical assistance contracts, or other means whereby monetary assistance is provided to or on behalf of rural business or agribusinesses for purposes of rural diversification.
    (f) "Agricultural diversification project" means financing awarded to a rural business for a specific activity undertaken to promote diversification of the farm economy of this State through (i) profit oriented nonproduction uses of Illinois land resources, (ii) growth and development of new crops or livestock not customarily grown or produced in this State, or (iii) developments which emphasize a vertical integration of grain or livestock produced or raised in this State into a finished product for consumption or use. "New crops or livestock not customarily grown or produced in this State" does not include corn, soybeans, wheat, swine, or beef or dairy cattle. "Vertical integration of grain or livestock produced or raised in this State" includes any new or existing grain or livestock grown or produced in this State.
(Source: P.A. 93-205, eff. 1-1-04; 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)