(35 ILCS 250/10)
As used in this Act, unless the context clearly
(a) "Longtime owner-occupant" means a person who for at least 10
continuous years has owned and has occupied the same dwelling place as a
principal residence and domicile, or any person who for at least 5 years
has owned and occupied the same dwelling place as a principal residence and
domicile if that person received assistance in the acquisition of the
property as part of a government or nonprofit housing program.
(b) "Principal residence" means the dwelling place of a person,
including the principal house and lot, and such lots as are used in
connection with the principal house and lot that contribute to its enjoyment,
comfort and convenience. For purposes of this Act, the term may also include a
building with a maximum of one commercial establishment and a maximum of 3
residential units of which one residential unit must be the principal residence
of the longtime owner-occupant.
(Source: P.A. 88-451.)