(30 ILCS 557/5)
As used in this Act:
"Contractor" means a person who contracts with a governmental entity to
improve real property or to perform or manage construction. "Contractor" does
not mean a person licensed under the Illinois Architecture Practice Act of
1989, the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989, or the Professional
Engineering Practice Act of
"Governmental entity" means a county, a
municipality, a township, a public educational institution, a special district,
or any political
subdivision thereof. "Governmental entity" does not include the Metropolitan
"Improve" means to build, alter, repair, or demolish an improvement on,
connected with, or beneath the surface of any real property; to excavate,
clear, grade, fill, or landscape any real property; to construct driveways or
roadways; or to perform labor on improvements.
"Improvement" includes, but is not limited to, all or any part of any
building, structure, erection, alteration, demolition, excavation, clearing,
grading, filling, landscaping, trees, shrubbery, driveways, or roadways on real
"Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, association,
governmental entity, or any other legal entity.
"Real property" means the real estate that is improved, including, but not
limited to, lands, leaseholds, tenements, hereditaments, and improvements
on the real estate.
(Source: P.A. 91-647, eff. 11-30-99.)