(5 ILCS 275/3)
(from Ch. 102, par. 103)
Unless otherwise clearly required by the context, as used in this Act:
(a) "Unavailable" means either that a vacancy in office exists and there
is no deputy authorized to exercise all of the powers and discharge the
duties of the office, or that the lawful incumbent of the office (including
any deputy exercising the powers and discharging the duties of an office
because of a vacancy) and his duly authorized deputy are absent or unable
to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office.
(b) "Emergency interim successor" means a person designated pursuant to
this Act, in the event the officer is unavailable, to exercise the powers
and discharge the duties of an office until a successor is appointed or
elected and qualified as may be provided by the constitution, statutes,
charters and ordinances or until the lawful incumbent is able to resume the
exercise of the powers and discharge the duties of the office.
(c) "Office" includes all state and local offices, the powers and duties
of which are defined by the constitution, statutes, charters, and
ordinances, except the office of governor, and except those in the
legislature and the judiciary.
(d) "Attack" means any attack or series of attacks by an enemy of the
United States causing, or which may cause, substantial damage or injury to
civilian property or persons in the United States in any manner by sabotage
or by the use of bombs, missiles, shellfire, or atomic, radiological,
chemical, bacteriological or biological means or other weapons or
(e) "Political subdivision" includes counties, cities, incorporated
towns, villages, townships, districts, authorities, and other public
corporations and entities whether organized and existing under charter or
(f) "Disaster" means a situation determined by the Governor to be an
occurrence or threat of catastrophic and widespread injury or loss of life
or property resulting from any natural or manmade cause, including but not
limited to fire, flood, earthquake, epidemic and explosion.
(Source: P.A. 82-781.)