(710 ILCS 35/2)
    Sec. 2. Definitions. In this Act:
        (1) "Mediation" means a process in which a mediator
facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute.
        (2) "Mediation communication" means a statement,
whether oral or in a record or verbal or nonverbal, that occurs during a mediation or is made for purposes of considering, conducting, participating in, initiating, continuing, or reconvening a mediation or retaining a mediator.
        (3) "Mediator" means an individual who conducts a
        (4) "Nonparty participant" means a person, other than
a party or mediator, that participates in a mediation.
        (5) "Mediation party" means a person that
participates in a mediation and whose agreement is necessary to resolve the dispute.
        (6) "Person" means an individual, corporation,
business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, government, governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, public corporation, or any other legal or commercial entity.
        (7) "Proceeding" means:
            (A) a judicial, administrative, arbitral, or
other adjudicative process, including related pre-hearing and post-hearing motions, conferences, and discovery; or
            (B) a legislative hearing or similar process.
        (8) "Record" means information that is inscribed on a
tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.
        (9) "Sign" means:
            (A) to execute or adopt a tangible symbol with
the present intent to authenticate a record; or
            (B) to attach or logically associate an
electronic symbol, sound, or process to or with a record with the present intent to authenticate a record.
(Source: P.A. 93-399, eff. 1-1-04.)