(315 ILCS 5/3)
(from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 65)
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
(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
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
1. acquisition of a slum area or a blighted area or
2. demolition and removal of buildings and
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.)