For the purpose of this code, the following definitions shall apply unless otherwise defined in this code of ordinances. If there is a conflict in definition between a word in any chapter or a word defined in this section, the definition of the word in that chapter will apply.
   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 or COUNTY BOARD. The County Board of Lake County, Illinois.
(5 ILCS 70/1.07)
   COUNTIES CODE. The Illinois Counties Code, 55 ILCS 5/1-1001 et seq.
   COUNTY. Lake County, Illinois.
   COURT. Construed to mean any court of competent jurisdiction.
   DECREE. Synonymous with JUDGMENT.
(5 ILCS 70/1.24)
   HERETOFORE or HEREAFTER.HERETO- FORE means any time previous to the day on which the ordinance, resolution, or statute takes effect; HEREAFTER means at any time after that date.
(5 ILCS 70/1.17)
   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 referred to is permissive.
   MONTH. A calendar month.
(5 ILCS 70/1.10)
   OATH. Includes affirmation, and SWEAR includes affirm.
(5 ILCS 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.
(5 ILCS 70/1.05)
   PERSONAL PROPERTY. Includes all property except real.
   PREMISES. As applied to property, includes land and buildings.
   PROPERTY. Includes real, personal, mixed estates, and other interests.
   PUBLIC AUTHORITY. Includes school districts; units of legal government; the village, city, 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 referred to is mandatory.
   SIDEWALK. The area between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for use of pedestrians.
(625 ILCS 5/1-188)
   SPECIAL DISTRICTS. The meaning ascribed in Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Illinois of 1970.
(5 ILCS 70/1.29)
   STATE. The State of Illinois.
   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 county 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 Section 1 of Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Illinois of 1970.
(5 ILCS 70/1.28)
   WEEK. Seven consecutive days.
   WHOEVER. Includes all persons, natural and artificial; 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, it shall be:
      (1)   In 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 Electronic Commerce Security Act, 5 ILCS 175/1-101 et seq., except as otherwise provided by law.
(5 ILCS 70/1.15)
   YEAR. A calendar year unless otherwise expressed; and the word YEAR alone is equivalent to the expression “Year of Our Lord”. 
(5 ILCS 70/1.10)