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.
   CITY. The City of Mattoon, Illinois.
   CITY COUNCIL. The legislative authority of the City.
   COUNTY.  Coles County, Illinois.
   COUNTY BOARD.  The County Board of Coles County, Illinois. 
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 70, § 1.17)
   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 such 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)
   ILL. REV. STAT.  Illinois Revised Statutes, 1987, 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.
(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 City of Mattoon. POLICE FORCE shall be construed to include such persons in the employ of a city 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.
   PROPERTY.  Includes real, personal, mixed estates, and other interests.
   PUBLIC AUTHORITY.  Includes school districts; units of legal government; the 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.  That portion of the street between the curb line and the adjacent property line intended for the use of pedestrians.
(ILCS Ch. 625, Ch. 5, § 1-188)
   SPECIAL DISTRICTS.  The meaning established 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 admits, 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 city 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.
(ILCS Ch. 5, Act 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 and any other mode of representing words and letters; but when the written signature of any person is required by law to any official or public writing or bond, required by law, it shall be in the proper handwriting of that person, or in case he is unable to write, his proper mark, or by his duly authorized facsimile signature under the Illinois Uniform Facsimile Signature of Public Officials Act.
(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)