For the purpose of this code, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ANOTHER. When used to designate the owner of property which is the subject of an offense, includes not only natural persons but also every other owner of property.
   BOARD OF TRUSTEES or VILLAGE BOARD. The Board of Trustees of the village.
   COUNTY. Will County, Illinois.
   COUNTY BOARD. The County Board of Will County, Illinois.
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.07)
   COURT. Construed to mean any court of competent jurisdiction.
   DECREE. Synonymous with JUDGMENT.  
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.24)
   ELECTORS. Persons qualified to vote for elective officers at municipal elections.
(ILCS Ch. 65, Act 5, § 1-1-2)
   EXECUTIVE OFFICER. Words used for an executive or ministerial officer may include any deputy or other person performing the duties of that officer, either generally or in special cases.
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.08)
   HERETOFORE or HEREAFTER.  HERETOFORE means any time previous to the day on which the ordinance, resolution or statute takes effect; HEREAFTER means at any time after that date.
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.17)
   HIGHWAY, ROAD or STREET. May include any road laid out by authority of the United States, or of this state, or of any town or county of this state, and all bridges thereupon.
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.16)
   ILCS. Illinois Compiled Statutes, 1992, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
   KEEPER or PROPRIETOR. Includes all persons, whether acting by themselves, or as a servant, agent or employee.
   LAND or REAL ESTATE. Includes rights and easements of an incorporeal nature.
   MAY. The act which is referred or deemed to be permissive.
   MONTH. A calendar month.
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.10)
   MUNICIPAL CODE. The Illinois Municipal Code, ILCS Ch. 65, Act 5.
   OATH. Includes affirmation, and SWEAR includes affirm.
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.12)
   OWNER. When applied to property, includes any part owner, joint owner, purchaser and seller under a contract and/or deed, or tenant in common of the whole or part of the property, and includes any beneficiary of a land trust which owns property.
   PERSON. Any legal person; includes associations, partnerships, corporations, joint ventures and bodies politic and corporate as well as individuals.
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.05)
   PERSONAL PROPERTY. Includes all property except real.
   POLICE OFFICERS. Police officers employed and in the service of the Village of Elwood. POLICE FORCE shall be construed to include those persons in the employ of a village as members of the Department of Police, who are or shall hereafter be appointed and sworn as POLICE OFFICERS.
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.20)
   PREMISES. As applied to property, includes land and buildings.
   PRESIDENT. The President of the Village of Elwood.
   PROPERTY. Includes real, personal, mixed estates and other interests.
   PUBLIC AUTHORITY. Includes school districts; units of legal government; the village, county, state or federal governments, officers and agencies thereof, or any commissions or committees thereof; or any duly authorized public official.
   PUBLIC PLACE. Includes any street, sidewalk, park, cemetery, school yard, body of water or watercourse, public conveyance or any other place for the sale of merchandise, public accommodation or amusement.
   REAL PROPERTY. Includes lands, tenements and hereditaments.
   REGISTERED MAIL. Includes certified mail and CERTIFIED MAIL includes registered mail.
   SHALL. The act which is referred or deemed to be mandatory.
   SIDEWALK. That portion of the street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for use by pedestrians.
(ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 1-188)
   SPECIAL DISTRICTS. The meaning ascribed in Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Illinois of 1970.
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.29)
   STATE. The State of Illinois.
   STREET. Where the context provides, includes alleys, lanes, courts, boulevards, squares and other public thoroughfares.
   TENANT or OCCUPANT. As applied to premises, includes any person holding a written or oral lease, or who actually occupies the whole or any part of the premises, alone or with others.
   THIS CODE or THIS CODE OF ORDINANCES. The village code hereby adopted, and as hereinafter modified by amendment, revision, and by the adoption of new titles, chapters or sections.
   UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT. The meaning established in § 1 of Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Illinois of 1970.
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.28)
   WEEK. Seven consecutive days.
   VILLAGE. The Village of Elwood.
   WHOEVER. Includes all persons, natural and artificial; including, but not limited to partners; principals, agents and employees; and all officials, public or private.
   WRITTEN or IN WRITING. Includes printing, electronic and any other mode of representing words and letters; but when the written signature of any person is required by law on any official or public writing or bond, required by law, except as otherwise provided by law it shall be:
      (1)   The proper handwriting of that person, or in case he or she is unable to write, his or her proper mark; or
      (2)   An electronic signature as defined in the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, ILCS Ch. 5, Act 175, §§ 1-101 et seq.  
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.15)
   YEAR. A calendar year unless otherwise expressed; and the word YEAR alone is equivalent to the expression “Year of Our Lord.”
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.10)