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20 ILCS 3440/1
(20 ILCS 3440/1)
(from Ch. 127, par. 2661)
For the purposes of this Act:
(a) "Human skeletal remains" include the bones and decomposed fleshy
parts of a deceased human body.
(b) "Unregistered graves" are any graves or locations where a human body
has been buried or deposited; is over 100 years old; and is not in a
cemetery registered with or licensed by the State Comptroller under the Cemetery Care Act or under the authority of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation pursuant to the Cemetery Oversight Act, whichever is applicable.
(c) "Grave artifacts" are any item of human manufacture or use that is
associated with the human skeletal remains in an unregistered grave.
(d) "Grave markers" are any tomb, monument, stone, ornament, mound, or
other item of human manufacture that is associated with an unregistered grave.
(e) "Person" means any natural individual, firm, trust, estate,
partnership, association, joint stock company, joint venture, corporation
or a receiver, trustee, guardian or other representatives appointed by
order of any court, the Federal and State governments, including State
Universities created by statute or any city, town, county or other political
subdivision of this State.
(f) "Disturb" includes excavating, removing, exposing, defacing,
mutilating, destroying, molesting, or desecrating in any
way human skeletal remains, unregistered graves, and grave markers.
(Source: P.A. 96-863, eff. 3-1-10; 97-679, eff. 2-6-12.)