(745 ILCS 65/2)
(from Ch. 70, par. 32)
As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) "Land" includes roads, land, water, watercourses,
private ways and buildings, structures, and machinery or equipment when attached to the realty, but does not include residential buildings or residential property.
(b) "Owner" includes the possessor of any interest in
land, whether it be a tenant, lessee, occupant, the State of Illinois and its political subdivisions, or person in control of the premises.
(c) "Recreational or conservation purpose" means:
(1) entry onto the land of another to conduct
hunting or recreational shooting or a combination thereof or any activity solely related to the aforesaid hunting or recreational shooting; or
(2) entry by the general public onto the land of
another for any activity undertaken for conservation, resource management, educational, or outdoor recreational use.
(d) "Charge" means an admission fee for permission to
go upon the land, but does not include: the sharing of game, fish or other products of recreational use; or benefits to or arising from the recreational use; or contributions in kind, services or cash made for the purpose of properly conserving the land.
(e) "Person" includes any person, regardless of age,
maturity, or experience, who enters upon or uses land for recreational purposes.
(f) "Invites", for the purposes of this Act, means
the words or conduct of the owner would lead a reasonable person to believe that the owner desires the particular person to enter the land to the exclusion of the general public. No economic interest on the part of the owner is required.
(g) "Permits", for the purposes of this Act, means
the words or conduct of the owner would lead a reasonable person to believe that the owner is willing to allow the general public to enter the land. The words or conduct of the owner inviting (i) the general public to enter the land or (ii) particular persons to enter the land for a recreational or conservation purpose as defined in paragraph (1) of subsection (c) of this Section shall be construed as "permits" for purposes of this Act.
The changes to this Section made by this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly apply only to causes of action accruing on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 98-522, eff. 1-1-14.)