(315 ILCS 5/3) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 65)
    Sec. 3. Definitions. 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) "Commission" means a Land Clearance Commission created pursuant to this Act or heretofore created pursuant to "An Act to promote the improvement of housing," approved July 26, 1945.
    (b) "Commissioner" or "Commissioners" shall mean a Commissioner or Commissioners of a Land Clearance Commission.
    (c) "Department" means the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    (d) "Authority" or "housing authority" shall mean a housing authority organized in accordance with the provisions of the Housing Authorities Act.
    (e) "Municipality" shall mean a city, village or incorporated town.
    (f) "Presiding officer" shall mean the presiding officer of the board of a county, or the mayor or president of a city, village or incorporated town, as the case may be, for which a Land Clearance Commission is created.
    (g) The term "governing body" shall mean the council or the president and board of trustees of any city, village or incorporated town, as the case may be, and the county board of any county.
    (h) "Area of operation" shall mean (1) in the case of a Land Clearance Commission created for a municipality, the area within the territorial boundaries of said municipality; and (2) in the case of a county shall include the areas within the territorial boundaries of all municipalities within such county, except the area of any municipality located therein in which there has been created a Land Clearance Commission or a Department of Urban Renewal pursuant to the provisions of the Urban Renewal Consolidation Act of 1961. When a Land Clearance Commission or such a Department of Urban Renewal is created for a municipality subsequent to the creation of a County land clearance commission whose area of operation of the County land clearance commission shall not thereafter include the territory of such municipality, but the County land clearance commission may continue any redevelopment project previously commenced in such municipality.
    (i) "Real property" shall include lands, lands under water, structures, and any and all easements, franchises and incorporeal hereditaments and estates, and rights, legal and equitable, including terms for years and liens by way of judgment, mortgage or otherwise.
    (j) "Slum and Blighted Area" means any area of not less in the aggregate than 2 acres located within the territorial limits of a municipality where buildings or improvements, by reason of dilapidation, obsolescence, overcrowding, faulty arrangement or design, lack of ventilation, light and sanitary facilities, excessive land coverage, deleterious land use or layout or any combination of these factors, are detrimental to the public safety, health, morals or welfare.
    (k) "Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project" means a project involving a slum and blighted area as defined in subsection (j) of this Section including undertakings and activities of the Commission in a Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project for the elimination and for the prevention of the development or spread of slums and blight and may involve slum clearance and redevelopment in a Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project, or any combination or part thereof in accordance with an Urban Renewal Program. Such undertakings and activities may include:
        1. acquisition of a slum area or a blighted area or
    
portion thereof;
        2. demolition and removal of buildings and
    
improvements;
        3. installation, construction or reconstruction of
    
streets, utilities, parks, playgrounds, and other improvements necessary for the carrying out in the Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project the objectives of this Act;
        4. disposition of any property acquired in the Slum
    
and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project;
        5. carrying out plans for a program of voluntary
    
repair and rehabilitation of buildings or other improvements in accordance with a redevelopment plan.
    (l) "Blighted Vacant Area Redevelopment Project" means a project involving (1) predominantly open platted urban or suburban land which because of obsolete platting, diversity of ownership, deterioration of structures or of site improvements, or taxes or special assessment delinquencies exceeding the fair value of the land, substantially impairs or arrests the sound growth of the community and which is to be developed for residential or other use, provided that such a project shall not be developed for other than residential use unless the area, at the time the Commission adopts the resolution approving the plan for the development of the area, is zoned for other than residential use and unless the Commission determines that residential development thereof is not feasible, and such determination is approved by the presiding officer and the governing body of the municipality in which the area is situated and by the Department, or (2) open unplatted urban or suburban land to be developed for predominantly residential uses, or (3) a combination of projects defined in (1) and (2) of this subsection (l).
    (m) "Redevelopment Project" means a "Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project" or a "Blighted Vacant Area Redevelopment Project", as the case may be, as designated in the determination of the Commission pursuant to Section 13 of this Act, and may include such additional area of not more in the aggregate than 160 acres (exclusive of the site of any abutting Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project or Blighted Vacant Area Redevelopment Project) located within the territorial limits of the municipality, abutting and adjoining in whole or in part a Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project or Blighted Vacant Area Redevelopment Project, which the land clearance commission deems necessary for the protection and completion of such redevelopment project or projects and of the site improvements to be made therein and which has been approved by the Department and the governing body of the municipality in which the area is situated, but the land clearance commission as to such additional area shall have power only to make studies, surveys and plans concerning services to be performed by the municipality or others, including the extension of project streets and utilities, the provision of parks, playgrounds or schools, and the zoning of such peripheral areas.
    (n) "Match" and any other form of said word when used with reference to the matching of moneys means match on a dollar for dollar basis.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)