Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Division III - Definitions

 The catch­lines of the sev­er­al sec­tions of this Code are intend­ed as mere catch­words to indi­cate the con­tent of the sec­tion and shall not be deemed or tak­en to be titles of such sec­tions, nor as any part of the sec­tion, nor, unless express­ly so pro­vid­ed, shall they be so deemed when any of such sec­tions, includ­ing the catch­lines, are amend­ed or reenacted.

When­ev­er the fol­low­ing words or terms are used in this Code, they shall have the mean­ings here­in ascribed to them unless the con­text makes such mean­ing repug­nant thereto:

AGENT”, as used in this Code shall mean a per­son act­ing on behalf of another.

 “CODEORTHIS CODE shall mean the “Revised Code of Ordi­nances of the Coun­ty of Union”.

COUNTY”. The words “coun­ty”, or “the coun­ty” mea­nUnion­Coun­ty, in the State ofIllinois.

The words “in the coun­ty” or “with­in the coun­ty” mean and include all ter­ri­to­ry over which the coun­ty now has or shall here­after acquire juris­dic­tion for the exer­cise of its pow­er or oth­er reg­u­la­to­ry powers.

COUNTY BOARD”, The words “Coun­ty­Board” or “The Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers” mean the­Coun­ty­Board of Com­mis­sion­ers of Union Coun­ty, Illinois.

COUNTY CHAIRMAN as used in this Code shall mean the Chair­man of the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers of Union County.

FEEORFEES as used in this Code shall mean a sum of mon­ey charged by the Coun­ty for car­ry­ing on of a busi­ness, pro­fes­sion or occupation.

FISCAL YEAR”. The “fis­cal year” for the Coun­ty shall begin on Decem­ber 1st of each year and end on Novem­ber 30th of the fol­low­ing year.

KNOWINGLY imports only a knowl­edge that the facts exist which bring the act or omis­sion with­in the pro­vi­sions of this Code. It does not require any knowl­edge of the unlaw­ful­ness of such act or omission.

LEGAL HOLIDAY shall mean the hol­i­days as autho­rized and rec­og­nized by the­Coun­ty­Board in the employ­ee agreement.

 “LICENSE as used in this Code shall mean the per­mis­sion grant­ed for the car­ry­ing on of a busi­ness, pro­fes­sion or occupation.

MAY”.  The word “may” is permissive.

MISDEMEANOR as used in this Code shall mean any offense deemed a vio­la­tion of the pro­vi­sions of this Code which is a less­er offense than a felony as defined by state law.

NEGLECT”, “NEGLIGENCE”, “NEGLIGENTANDNEGLIGENTLY import a want of such atten­tion to the nature of prob­a­ble con­se­quences of the act of omis­sion as a pru­dent man ordi­nar­i­ly bestows in act­ing in his own concern.

NUISANCE shall mean any­thing offen­sive or obnox­ious to the health and wel­fare of the inhab­i­tants of the Coun­ty or any act or thing repug­nant to or cre­at­ing a haz­ard to or hav­ing a detri­men­tal effect on the prop­er­ty of anoth­er per­son or to the community.

OCCUPANT as applied to a build­ing or land shall include any per­son who occu­pies the whole or any part of such build­ing or land whether alone or with others.

OFFENSE shall mean any act for­bid­den by any pro­vi­sion of this Code or the omis­sion of any act required by the pro­vi­sions of this Code.

OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES”.  When­ev­er ref­er­ence is made in this Code to aCoun­ty­Of­fi­cer or employ­ee by title only, this shall be con­strued as though fol­lowed by the words “of the Coun­ty” and shall be tak­en to mean the offi­cer or employ­ee of this Coun­ty hav­ing the title men­tioned or per­form­ing the duties indicated.

No pro­vi­sion of this Code des­ig­nat­ing the duties of any offi­cer or employ­ee shall be so con­strued as to make such offi­cer or employ­ee liable for any fine or penal­ty pro­vid­ed in this Code for a fail­ure to per­form such duty, unless the inten­tion of the Coun­ty Board to impose such a fine or penal­ty on such offi­cer or employ­ee is specif­i­cal­ly and clear­ly expressed in the sec­tion cre­at­ing the duty.

OFFICIAL TIME”. Cen­tral Stan­dard Time shall be the offi­cial time for the trans­ac­tion of Coun­ty busi­ness, except dur­ing applic­a­ble Day­light Sav­ings Time set by Nation­al or State stan­dards when the offi­cial time shall be advanced one (1) hour. All clocks and oth­er time­pieces in or upon pub­lic build­ings or oth­er premis­es main­tained by or at the expense of the Coun­ty shall be set and run at the offi­cial time pre­scribed by this paragraph.

OPERATOR as used in this Code shall mean the per­son who is in charge of any oper­a­tion, busi­ness or profession.

OWNER as applied to a build­ing or land shall include any part‑owner, joint‑owner, tenant‑in‑common, joint‑tenant or lessee of the whole or of a part of such build­ing or land.

PERSON shall mean any nat­ur­al indi­vid­ual, firm, trust, part­ner­ship, asso­ci­a­tion, or cor­po­ra­tion in his or its own capac­i­ty as admin­is­tra­tor, con­ser­va­tor, execu­tor, trustee, receiv­er or oth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tive appoint­ed by the Court. When­ev­er the word “per­son” is used in any sec­tion of this Code pre­scrib­ing a penal­ty or fine as applied to part­ner­ships or any such word as applied to cor­po­ra­tions, it shall include the offi­cers, agents, or employ­ees there­of who are respon­si­ble for any vio­la­tion of said section.

PLAN COMMISSION shall mean the Union Coun­ty Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. (See Chap­ter 5).

PERSONAL PROPERTY shall include every descrip­tion of mon­ey, goods, chat­tels, effects, evi­dence of rights in action and all writ­ten instru­ments by which any pecu­niary oblig­a­tion, right or title to prop­er­ty is cre­at­ed, acknowl­edged, trans­ferred, increased, defeat­ed, dis­charged or dimin­ished and every right or inter­est therein.

RETAILER” as used in this Code, unless oth­er­wise specif­i­cal­ly defined, shall be under­stood to relate to the sale of goods, mer­chan­dise, arti­cles or things in small quan­ti­ties direct to the consumer.

ROAD DISTRICT”.  The term “road dis­trict” means any road dis­trict with­in the County.

SHALL”.  The word “shall” is manda­to­ry and not discretionary.

STATEORTHIS STATE unless oth­er­wise indi­cat­ed shall mean the “State of Illinois”.

 “STREET shall include alleys, lanes, courts, boule­vards, pub­lic squares, pub­lic places and sidewalks.

TENANT as applied to a build­ing or land shall include any per­son who occu­pies the whole or any part of such build­ing or land, whether alone or with others.

WHOLESALERANDWHOLESALE DEALER as used in this Code unless oth­er­wise specif­i­cal­ly defined, shall be under­stood to relate to the sale of goods, mer­chan­dise, arti­cles, or things in quan­ti­ty to per­sons who pur­chase for the pur­pose of resale.

WILLFULLY when applied to the intent with which an act is done or omit­ted implies sim­ply a pur­pose or will­ing­ness to com­mit the act or make the omis­sion referred to. It does not require any intent to vio­late law, or to injure anoth­er, or to acquire an advantage.

WRITTENANDIN WRITING may include 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 such per­son, or in case he is unable to write, by his prop­er mark.

When­ev­er any word in any sec­tion of this Code, import­ing the plur­al num­ber is used in describ­ing or refer­ring to any mat­ters, par­ties or per­sons, any sin­gle mat­ter, par­ty or per­son shall be deemed to be includ­ed, although dis­trib­u­tive words may not have been used.

When any sub­ject mat­ter, par­ty or per­son is referred to in this Code by words import­ing the sin­gu­lar num­ber only, or the mas­cu­line gen­der, sev­er­al mat­ters, par­ties or per­sons and females as well as males and bod­ies cor­po­rate shall be deemed to be includ­ed; pro­vid­ed that these rules of con­struc­tion shall not be applied to any sec­tion of this Code which con­tains any express pro­vi­sion exclud­ing such con­struc­tion or where the sub­ject mat­ter or con­tent may be repug­nant thereto.