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(810 ILCS 5/9-102)
(from Ch. 26, par. 9-102)
Definitions and index of definitions.
(a) Article 9 definitions. In this Article:
(1) "Accession" means goods that are physically
united with other goods in such a manner that the identity of the original goods is not lost.
(2) "Account", except as used in "account for", means
a right to payment of a monetary obligation, whether or not earned by performance, (i) for property that has been or is to be sold, leased, licensed, assigned, or otherwise disposed of, (ii) for services rendered or to be rendered, (iii) for a policy of insurance issued or to be issued, (iv) for a secondary obligation incurred or to be incurred, (v) for energy provided or to be provided, (vi) for the use or hire of a vessel under a charter or other contract, (vii) arising out of the use of a credit or charge card or information contained on or for use with the card, or (viii) as winnings in a lottery or other game of chance operated or sponsored by a State, governmental unit of a State, or person licensed or authorized to operate the game by a State or governmental unit of a State. The term includes health-care-insurance receivables. The term does not include (i) rights to payment evidenced by chattel paper or an instrument, (ii) commercial tort claims, (iii) deposit accounts, (iv) investment property, (v) letter-of-credit rights or letters of credit, or (vi) rights to payment for money or funds advanced or sold, other than rights arising out of the use of a credit or charge card or information contained on or for use with the card.
(3) "Account debtor" means a person obligated on an
account, chattel paper, or general intangible. The term does not include persons obligated to pay a negotiable instrument, even if the instrument constitutes part of chattel paper.
(4) "Accounting", except as used in "accounting for",
(A) authenticated by a secured party;
(B) indicating the aggregate unpaid secured
obligations as of a date not more than 35 days earlier or 35 days later than the date of the record; and
(C) identifying the components of the obligations
(5) "Agricultural lien" means an interest, other than
a security interest, in farm products:
(A) which secures payment or performance of an
obligation for goods or services furnished in connection with a debtor's farming operation;
(B) which is created by statute in favor of a
person that in the ordinary course of its business furnished goods or services to a debtor in connection with a debtor's farming operation; and
(C) whose effectiveness does not depend on the
person's possession of the personal property.
(6) "As-extracted collateral" means:
(A) oil, gas, or other minerals that are subject
to a security interest that:
(i) is created by a debtor having an interest
in the minerals before extraction; and
(ii) attaches to the minerals as extracted; or
(B) accounts arising out of the sale at the
wellhead or minehead of oil, gas, or other minerals in which the debtor had an interest before extraction.
(7) "Authenticate" means:
(A) to sign; or
(B) with present intent to adopt or accept a
record, to attach to or logically associate with the record an electronic sound, symbol, or process.
(8) "Bank" means an organization that is engaged in
the business of banking. The term includes savings banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and trust companies.
(9) "Cash proceeds" means proceeds that are money,
checks, deposit accounts, or the like.
(10) "Certificate of title" means a certificate of
title with respect to which a statute provides for the security interest in question to be indicated on the certificate as a condition or result of the security interest's obtaining priority over the rights of a lien creditor with respect to the collateral. The term includes another record maintained as an alternative to a certificate of title by the governmental unit that issues certificates of title if a statute permits the security interest in question to be indicated on the record as a condition or result of the security interest's obtaining priority over the rights of a lien creditor with respect to the collateral.
(11) "Chattel paper" means a record or records that
evidence both a monetary obligation and a security interest in specific goods, a security interest in specific goods and software used in the goods, a security interest in specific goods and license of software used in the goods, a lease of specific goods, or a lease of specified goods and a license of software used in the goods. In this paragraph, "monetary obligation" means a monetary obligation secured by the goods or owed under a lease of the goods and includes a monetary obligation with respect to software used in the goods. The term does not include (i) charters or other contracts involving the use or hire of a vessel or (ii) records that evidence a right to payment arising out of the use of a credit or charge card or information contained on or for use with the card. If a transaction is evidenced by records that include an instrument or series of instruments, the group of records taken together constitutes chattel paper.
(12) "Collateral" means the property subject to a
security interest or agricultural lien. The term includes:
(A) proceeds to which a security interest
(B) accounts, chattel paper, payment intangibles,
and promissory notes that have been sold; and
(C) goods that are the subject of a consignment.
(13) "Commercial tort claim" means a claim arising in
tort with respect to which:
(A) the claimant is an organization; or
(B) the claimant is an individual and the claim:
(i) arose in the course of the claimant's
business or profession; and
(ii) does not include damages arising out of
personal injury to or the death of an individual.
(14) "Commodity account" means an account maintained
by a commodity intermediary in which a commodity contract is carried for a commodity customer.
(15) "Commodity contract" means a commodity futures
contract, an option on a commodity futures contract, a commodity option, or another contract if the contract or option is:
(A) traded on or subject to the rules of a board
of trade that has been designated as a contract market for such a contract pursuant to federal commodities laws; or
(B) traded on a foreign commodity board of trade,
exchange, or market, and is carried on the books of a commodity intermediary for a commodity customer.
(16) "Commodity customer" means a person for which a
commodity intermediary carries a commodity contract on its books.
(17) "Commodity intermediary" means a person that:
(A) is registered as a futures commission
merchant under federal commodities law; or
(B) in the ordinary course of its business
provides clearance or settlement services for a board of trade that has been designated as a contract market pursuant to federal commodities law.
(18) "Communicate" means:
(A) to send a written or other tangible record;
(B) to transmit a record by any means agreed upon
by the persons sending and receiving the record; or
(C) in the case of transmission of a record to or
by a filing office, to transmit a record by any means prescribed by filing-office rule.
(19) "Consignee" means a merchant to which goods are
delivered in a consignment.
(20) "Consignment" means a transaction, regardless of
its form, in which a person delivers goods to a merchant for the purpose of sale and:
(A) the merchant:
(i) deals in goods of that kind under a name
other than the name of the person making delivery;
(ii) is not an auctioneer; and
(iii) is not generally known by its creditors
to be substantially engaged in selling the goods of others;
(B) with respect to each delivery, the aggregate
value of the goods is $1,000 or more at the time of delivery;
(C) the goods are not consumer goods immediately
(D) the transaction does not create a security
interest that secures an obligation.
(21) "Consignor" means a person that delivers goods
to a consignee in a consignment.
(22) "Consumer debtor" means a debtor in a consumer
(23) "Consumer goods" means goods that are used or
bought for use primarily for personal, family, or household purposes.
(24) "Consumer-goods transaction" means a consumer
(A) an individual incurs an obligation primarily
for personal, family, or household purposes; and
(B) a security interest in consumer goods secures
(25) "Consumer obligor" means an obligor who is an
individual and who incurred the obligation as part of a transaction entered into primarily for personal, family, or household purposes.
(26) "Consumer transaction" means a transaction in
which (i) an individual incurs an obligation primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, (ii) a security interest secures the obligation, and (iii) the collateral is held or acquired primarily for personal, family, or household purposes. The term includes consumer-goods transactions.
(27) "Continuation statement" means an amendment of a
financing statement which:
(A) identifies, by its file number, the initial
financing statement to which it relates; and
(B) indicates that it is a continuation statement
for, or that it is filed to continue the effectiveness of, the identified financing statement.
(28) "Debtor" means:
(A) a person having an interest, other than a
security interest or other lien, in the collateral, whether or not the person is an obligor;
(B) a seller of accounts, chattel paper, payment
intangibles, or promissory notes; or
(C) a consignee.
(29) "Deposit account" means a demand, time, savings,
passbook, nonnegotiable certificates of deposit, uncertificated certificates of deposit, nontransferrable certificates of deposit, or similar account maintained with a bank. The term does not include investment property or accounts evidenced by an instrument.
(30) "Document" means a document of title or a
receipt of the type described in Section 7-201(b).
(31) "Electronic chattel paper" means chattel paper
evidenced by a record or records consisting of information stored in an electronic medium.
(32) "Encumbrance" means a right, other than an
ownership interest, in real property. The term includes mortgages and other liens on real property.
(33) "Equipment" means goods other than inventory,
farm products, or consumer goods.
(34) "Farm products" means goods, other than standing
timber, with respect to which the debtor is engaged in a farming operation and which are:
(A) crops grown, growing, or to be grown,
(i) crops produced on trees, vines, and
(ii) aquatic goods produced in aquacultural
(B) livestock, born or unborn, including aquatic
goods produced in aquacultural operations;
(C) supplies used or produced in a farming
(D) products of crops or livestock in their
(35) "Farming operation" means raising, cultivating,
propagating, fattening, grazing, or any other farming, livestock, or aquacultural operation.
(36) "File number" means the number assigned to an
initial financing statement pursuant to Section 9-519(a).
(37) "Filing office" means an office designated in
Section 9-501 as the place to file a financing statement.
(38) "Filing-office rule" means a rule adopted
pursuant to Section 9-526.
(39) "Financing statement" means a record or records
composed of an initial financing statement and any filed record relating to the initial financing statement.
(40) "Fixture filing" means the filing of a financing
statement covering goods that are or are to become fixtures and satisfying Section 9-502(a) and (b). The term includes the filing of a financing statement covering goods of a transmitting utility which are or are to become fixtures.
(41) "Fixtures" means goods that have become so
related to particular real property that an interest in them arises under real property law.
(42) "General intangible" means any personal
property, including things in action, other than accounts, chattel paper, commercial tort claims, deposit accounts, documents, goods, instruments, investment property, letter-of-credit rights, letters of credit, money, and oil, gas, or other minerals before extraction. The term includes payment intangibles and software.
(43) "Good faith" means honesty in fact and the
observance of reasonable commercial standards of fair dealing.
(44) "Goods" means all things that are movable when a
security interest attaches. The term includes (i) fixtures, (ii) standing timber that is to be cut and removed under a conveyance or contract for sale, (iii) the unborn young of animals, (iv) crops grown, growing, or to be grown, even if the crops are produced on trees, vines, or bushes, and (v) manufactured homes. The term also includes a computer program embedded in goods and any supporting information provided in connection with a transaction relating to the program if (i) the program is associated with the goods in such a manner that it customarily is considered part of the goods, or (ii) by becoming the owner of the goods, a person acquires a right to use the program in connection with the goods. The term does not include a computer program embedded in goods that consist solely of the medium in which the program is embedded. The term also does not include accounts, chattel paper, commercial tort claims, deposit accounts, documents, general intangibles, instruments, investment property, letter-of-credit rights, letters of credit, money, or oil, gas, or other minerals before extraction.
(45) "Governmental unit" means a subdivision, agency,
department, county, parish, municipality, or other unit of the government of the United States, a State, or a foreign country. The term includes an organization having a separate corporate existence if the organization is eligible to issue debt on which interest is exempt from income taxation under the laws of the United States.
(46) "Health-care-insurance receivable" means an
interest in or claim under a policy of insurance which is a right to payment of a monetary obligation for health-care goods or services provided.
(47) "Instrument" means a negotiable instrument or
any other writing that evidences a right to the payment of a monetary obligation, is not itself a security agreement or lease, and is of a type that in ordinary course of business is transferred by delivery with any necessary indorsement or assignment. The term does not include (i) investment property, (ii) letters of credit, (iii) nonnegotiable certificates of deposit, (iv) uncertificated certificates of deposit, (v) nontransferrable certificates of deposit, or (vi) writings that evidence a right to payment arising out of the use of a credit or charge card or information contained on or for use with the card.
(48) "Inventory" means goods, other than farm
(A) are leased by a person as lessor;
(B) are held by a person for sale or lease or to
be furnished under a contract of service;
(C) are furnished by a person under a contract of
(D) consist of raw materials, work in process, or
materials used or consumed in a business.
(49) "Investment property" means a security, whether
certificated or uncertificated, security entitlement, securities account, commodity contract, or commodity account.
(50) "Jurisdiction of organization", with respect to
a registered organization, means the jurisdiction under whose law the organization is formed or organized.
(51) "Letter-of-credit right" means a right to
payment or performance under a letter of credit, whether or not the beneficiary has demanded or is at the time entitled to demand payment or performance. The term does not include the right of a beneficiary to demand payment or performance under a letter of credit.
(52) "Lien creditor" means:
(A) a creditor that has acquired a lien on the
property involved by attachment, levy, or the like;
(B) an assignee for benefit of creditors from the
(C) a trustee in bankruptcy from the date of the
filing of the petition; or
(D) a receiver in equity from the time of
(53) "Manufactured home" means a structure,
transportable in one or more sections, which, in the traveling mode, is eight body feet or more in width or 40 body feet or more in length, or, when erected on site, is 320 or more square feet, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, and electrical systems contained therein. The term includes any structure that meets all of the requirements of this paragraph except the size requirements and with respect to which the manufacturer voluntarily files a certification required by the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and complies with the standards established under Title 42 of the United States Code. The term "manufactured home" does not include campers and recreational vehicles.
(54) "Manufactured-home transaction" means a secured
(A) that creates a purchase-money security
interest in a manufactured home, other than a manufactured home held as inventory; or
(B) in which a manufactured home, other than a
manufactured home held as inventory, is the primary collateral.
(55) "Mortgage" means a consensual interest in real
property, including fixtures, which secures payment or performance of an obligation.
(56) "New debtor" means a person that becomes bound
as debtor under Section 9-203(d) by a security agreement previously entered into by another person.
(57) "New value" means (i) money, (ii) money's worth
in property, services, or new credit, or (iii) release by a transferee of an interest in property previously transferred to the transferee. The term does not include an obligation substituted for another obligation.
(58) "Noncash proceeds" means proceeds other than
(59) "Obligor" means a person that, with respect to
an obligation secured by a security interest in or an agricultural lien on the collateral, (i) owes payment or other performance of the obligation, (ii) has provided property other than the collateral to secure payment or other performance of the obligation, or (iii) is otherwise accountable in whole or in part for payment or other performance of the obligation. The term does not include issuers or nominated persons under a letter of credit.
(60) "Original debtor", except as used in Section
9-310(c), means a person that, as debtor, entered into a security agreement to which a new debtor has become bound under Section 9-203(d).
(61) "Payment intangible" means a general intangible
under which the account debtor's principal obligation is a monetary obligation.
(62) "Person related to", with respect to an
(A) the spouse of the individual;
(B) a brother, brother-in-law, sister, or
sister-in-law of the individual;
(C) an ancestor or lineal descendant of the
individual or the individual's spouse; or
(D) any other relative, by blood or marriage, of
the individual or the individual's spouse who shares the same home with the individual.
(63) "Person related to", with respect to an
(A) a person directly or indirectly controlling,
controlled by, or under common control with the organization;
(B) an officer or director of, or a person
performing similar functions with respect to, the organization;
(C) an officer or director of, or a person
performing similar functions with respect to, a person described in subparagraph (A);
(D) the spouse of an individual described in
subparagraph (A), (B), or (C); or
(E) an individual who is related by blood or
marriage to an individual described in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), or (D) and shares the same home with the individual.
(64) "Proceeds", except as used in Section 9-609(b),
means the following property:
(A) whatever is acquired upon the sale, lease,
license, exchange, or other disposition of collateral;
(B) whatever is collected on, or distributed on
(C) rights arising out of collateral;
(D) to the extent of the value of collateral,
claims arising out of the loss, nonconformity, or interference with the use of, defects or infringement of rights in, or damage to, the collateral; or
(E) to the extent of the value of collateral and
to the extent payable to the debtor or the secured party, insurance payable by reason of the loss or nonconformity of, defects or infringement of rights in, or damage to, the collateral.
(65) "Promissory note" means an instrument that
evidences a promise to pay a monetary obligation, does not evidence an order to pay, and does not contain an acknowledgment by a bank that the bank has received for deposit a sum of money or funds.
(66) "Proposal" means a record authenticated by a
secured party which includes the terms on which the secured party is willing to accept collateral in full or partial satisfaction of the obligation it secures pursuant to Sections 9-620, 9-621, and 9-622.
(67) "Public-finance transaction" means a secured
transaction in connection with which:
(A) debt securities are issued;
(B) all or a portion of the securities issued
have an initial stated maturity of at least 20 years; and
(C) the debtor, obligor, secured party, account
debtor or other person obligated on collateral, assignor or assignee of a secured obligation, or assignor or assignee of a security interest is a State or a governmental unit of a State.
(68) "Public organic record" means a record that is
available to the public for inspection and is:
(A) a record consisting of the record initially
filed with or issued by a State or the United States to form or organize an organization and any record filed with or issued by the State or the United States which amends or restates the initial record;
(B) an organic record of a business trust
consisting of the record initially filed with a State and any record filed with the State which amends or restates the initial record, if a statute of the State governing business trusts requires that the record be filed with the State; or
(C) a record consisting of legislation enacted by
the legislature of a State or the Congress of the United States which forms or organizes an organization, any record amending the legislation, and any record filed with or issued by the State or the United States which amends or restates the name of the organization.
(69) "Pursuant to commitment", with respect to an
advance made or other value given by a secured party, means pursuant to the secured party's obligation, whether or not a subsequent event of default or other event not within the secured party's control has relieved or may relieve the secured party from its obligation.
(70) "Record", except as used in "for record", "of
record", "record or legal title", and "record owner", means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or which is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.
(71) "Registered organization" means an organization
formed or organized solely under the law of a single State or the United States by the filing of a public organic record with, the issuance of a public organic record by, or the enactment of legislation by the State or the United States. The term includes a business trust that is formed or organized under the law of a single State if a statute of the State governing business trusts requires that the business trust's organic record be filed with the State.
(72) "Secondary obligor" means an obligor to the
(A) the obligor's obligation is secondary; or
(B) the obligor has a right of recourse with
respect to an obligation secured by collateral against the debtor, another obligor, or property of either.
(73) "Secured party" means:
(A) a person in whose favor a security interest
is created or provided for under a security agreement, whether or not any obligation to be secured is outstanding;
(B) a person that holds an agricultural lien;
(C) a consignor;
(D) a person to which accounts, chattel paper,
payment intangibles, or promissory notes have been sold;
(E) a trustee, indenture trustee, agent,
collateral agent, or other representative in whose favor a security interest or agricultural lien is created or provided for; or
(F) a person that holds a security interest
arising under Section 2-401, 2-505, 2-711(3), 2A-508(5), 4-210, or 5-118.
(74) "Security agreement" means an agreement that
creates or provides for a security interest.
(75) "Send", in connection with a record or
(A) to deposit in the mail, deliver for
transmission, or transmit by any other usual means of communication, with postage or cost of transmission provided for, addressed to any address reasonable under the circumstances; or
(B) to cause the record or notification to be
received within the time that it would have been received if properly sent under subparagraph (A).
(76) "Software" means a computer program and any
supporting information provided in connection with a transaction relating to the program. The term does not include a computer program that is included in the definition of goods.
(77) "State" means a State of the United States, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
(78) "Supporting obligation" means a letter-of-credit
right or secondary obligation that supports the payment or performance of an account, chattel paper, a document, a general intangible, an instrument, or investment property.
(79) "Tangible chattel paper" means chattel paper
evidenced by a record or records consisting of information that is inscribed on a tangible medium.
(80) "Termination statement" means an amendment of a
financing statement which:
(A) identifies, by its file number, the initial
financing statement to which it relates; and
(B) indicates either that it is a termination
statement or that the identified financing statement is no longer effective.
(81) "Transmitting utility" means a person primarily
engaged in the business of:
(A) operating a railroad, subway, street railway,
(B) transmitting communications electrically,
electromagnetically, or by light;
(C) transmitting goods by pipeline or sewer; or
(D) transmitting or producing and transmitting
electricity, steam, gas, or water.
(b) Definitions in other Articles. "Control" as provided in Section 7-106 and the
following definitions in other
Articles apply to this Article:
"Applicant". Section 5-102.
"Beneficiary". Section 5-102.
"Broker". Section 8-102.
"Certificated security". Section 8-102.
"Check". Section 3-104.
"Clearing corporation". Section 8-102.
"Contract for sale". Section 2-106.
"Customer". Section 4-104.
"Entitlement holder". Section 8-102.
"Financial asset". Section 8-102.
"Holder in due course". Section 3-302.
"Issuer" (with respect to a letter of
credit or letter-of-credit right). Section 5-102.
"Issuer" (with respect to a security). Section 8-201.
"Issuer" (with respect to documents of title). Section 7-102.
"Lease". Section 2A-103.
"Lease agreement". Section 2A-103.
"Lease contract". Section 2A-103.
"Leasehold interest". Section 2A-103.
"Lessee". Section 2A-103.
"Lessee in ordinary course of business". Section 2A-103.
"Lessor". Section 2A-103.
"Lessor's residual interest". Section 2A-103.
"Letter of credit". Section 5-102.
"Merchant". Section 2-104.
"Negotiable instrument". Section 3-104.
"Nominated person". Section 5-102.
"Note". Section 3-104.
"Proceeds of a letter of credit". Section 5-114.
"Prove". Section 3-103.
"Sale". Section 2-106.
"Securities account". Section 8-501.
"Securities intermediary". Section 8-102.
"Security". Section 8-102.
"Security certificate". Section 8-102.
"Security entitlement". Section 8-102.
"Uncertificated security". Section 8-102.
(c) Article 1 definitions and principles. Article 1 contains general
definitions and principles of construction and interpretation applicable
(Source: P.A. 97-1034, eff. 7-1-13; 98-749, eff. 7-16-14.)