(70 ILCS 1905/3)
(from Ch. 114, par. 363)
The following terms, wherever used or referred to in this Act, shall
have the following respective meanings, unless in any case a different
meaning clearly appears from the context:
(a) "Authority" means a Railroad Terminal Authority created pursuant to
(b) "Commissioner" or "Commissioners" shall mean a commissioner or
commissioners of a Railroad Terminal Authority, including the Chairman.
(c) "City" means a city having a population of 500,000 or more
inhabitants as determined by the last preceding Federal census.
(d) "Railroad Terminal Area" means any area or areas within the
territorial limits of a City which, by reason of location and use of
Railroad Terminals, Terminal Facilities and Freight Facilities, widespread
areas of trackage, and deleterious or obsolete land use, or any combination
of these factors, contributes to the growth of blight in adjacent and
surrounding areas; impairs or retards the restoration and proper
development of such areas necessary to promote the safety, health, welfare,
comfort and convenience of its inhabitants; depresses land values in
adjacent and surrounding areas; unnecessarily isolates areas of unused land
making it unavailable for any other use; obstructs the continuity of public
roads and streets; creates traffic congestion upon public roads and
streets; causes undue delay and expense in the transportation of persons
and property; and substantially impairs or retards the proper economic and
civic growth and development of a City.
(e) "Railroad Terminal" means a public place, station or depot (other
than an airport or harbor), for receiving and discharging passengers,
receiving and delivering baggage, mail, or express matter and for any
combination of such purposes, in connection with the transportation of
persons and property by public carriers.
(f) "Terminal Facilities" means all lands, trackage, switching and
servicing facilities, buildings, structures, improvements, equipment and
appliances useful in the operation of terminals for passenger traffic, for
handling and transporting baggage, mail and express matter, and for the
accommodation of the public having access to terminals.
(g) "Freight Facilities" means freight yards, freight houses, warehouses
and other buildings, structures and improvements used in connection with
the shipment, storage and handling of freight by railroad and motor
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 1795.)