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410 ILCS 18/5
(410 ILCS 18/5)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2029)
As used in this Act:
"Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Comptroller in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Comptroller of any change of address within 14 days, and such changes must be made either through the Comptroller's website or by contacting the Comptroller. The address of record shall be the permanent street address of the crematory.
"Alternative container" means a receptacle, other than a casket, in
which human remains are transported to the crematory and placed in the
cremation chamber for cremation. An alternative container shall be
(i) composed of readily combustible or consumable materials suitable for cremation, (ii) able
to be closed in order to provide a complete covering for the human remains,
(iii) resistant to leakage or spillage, (iv) rigid enough for handling with
ease, and (v) able to provide protection for the health, safety, and personal
integrity of crematory personnel.
"Authorizing agent" means a person legally entitled to order the cremation and final
disposition of specific human remains. "Authorizing agent" includes an institution of medical, mortuary, or other sciences as provided in Section 20 of the Disposition of Remains of the Indigent Act.
"Body parts" means limbs or other portions of the anatomy that are
removed from a person or human remains for medical purposes during treatment,
surgery, biopsy, autopsy, or medical research; or human bodies or any portion
of bodies that have been donated to science for medical research purposes.
"Burial transit permit" means a permit for disposition of a dead human
body as required by Illinois law.
"Casket" means a rigid container that is designed for the encasement of human
remains, is usually constructed of wood, metal, or like material and ornamented
and lined with fabric, and may or may not be combustible.
"Comptroller" means the Comptroller of the State of Illinois.
"Cremated remains" means all human remains recovered after the completion
of the cremation, which may possibly include the residue of any foreign matter
including casket material, bridgework, or eyeglasses, that was cremated with
the human remains.
"Cremation" means the technical process, using heat and flame, or alkaline hydrolysis that
reduces human remains to bone fragments. The reduction takes place through
heat and evaporation or through hydrolysis. Cremation shall include the processing, and may include
the pulverization, of the bone fragments.
"Cremation chamber" means the enclosed space within which the cremation
"Cremation interment container" means a rigid outer container that,
subject to a cemetery's rules and regulations, is composed of concrete, steel,
fiberglass, or some similar material in which an urn is placed prior to being
interred in the ground, and which is designed to withstand prolonged exposure
to the elements and to support the earth above the urn.
"Cremation room" means the room in which the cremation chamber is located.
"Crematory" means the building or portion of a building that houses the
cremation room and the holding facility.
"Crematory authority" means the legal entity which is licensed by
the Comptroller to
operate a crematory and to perform cremations.
"Final disposition" means the burial, cremation, or other disposition of
a dead human body or parts of a dead human body.
"Funeral director" means a person known by the title of "funeral
director", "funeral director and embalmer", or other similar words or
titles, licensed by the State to practice funeral directing or funeral
directing and embalming.
"Funeral establishment" means a building or separate portion of a building
having a specific street address and location and devoted to activities
relating to the shelter, care, custody, and preparation of a deceased human
body and may contain facilities for funeral or wake services.
"Holding facility" means an area that (i) is designated for the retention of
human remains prior to cremation, (ii) complies with all applicable public
health law, (iii) preserves the health and safety of the crematory authority
personnel, and (iv) is secure from access by anyone other than authorized
persons. A holding facility may be located in a cremation room.
"Human remains" means the body of a deceased person, including
any form of body prosthesis that has been permanently attached or
implanted in the body.
"Licensee" means an entity licensed under this Act. An entity that holds itself as a licensee or that is accused of unlicensed practice is considered a licensee for purposes of enforcement, investigation, hearings, and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
"Niche" means a compartment or cubicle for the memorialization and permanent
placement of an urn containing cremated remains.
"Person" means any person, partnership, association, corporation, limited liability company, or other entity, and in the case of any such business organization, its officers, partners, members, or shareholders possessing 25% or more of ownership of the entity.
"Processing" means the reduction of identifiable bone fragments after the
completion of the cremation process to unidentifiable bone fragments by manual
or mechanical means.
"Pulverization" means the reduction of identifiable bone fragments after the
completion of the cremation process to granulated particles by manual or
"Scattering area" means an area which may be designated by a cemetery and
located on dedicated cemetery property or property used for outdoor recreation or natural resource conservation owned by the Department of Natural Resources and designated as a scattering area, where cremated remains, which have been
from their container, can be mixed with, or placed on top of, the soil or
"Temporary container" means a receptacle for cremated
remains, usually composed of cardboard, plastic or similar material, that
can be closed in a manner that prevents the leakage or spillage of the
cremated remains or the entrance of foreign material, and is a single
container of sufficient size to hold the cremated remains until an urn is
acquired or the cremated remains are scattered.
"Urn" means a receptacle
designed to encase the cremated remains.
(Source: P.A. 100-97, eff. 1-1-18; 100-526, eff. 6-1-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18