County Recorder Additional
Glossary of Terms
- CONVEYANCE - Transfer of land title from one person, or
class of persons, to another by deed. An instrument by which some estate or
interest in lands is transferred from one person to another.
- DEED - A writing signed by a grantor or grantors, whereby
title to realty is transferred from one to another. A written instrument,
signed and delivered, by which one person conveys land to another.
- DEED IN TRUST - An instrument used to convey property to a
- DEED OF TRUST or TRUST DEED
- An instrument in use in some states, taking the place and serving the uses of
a mortgage, by which the legal title to real property is placed in one or more
trustees, to secure the repayment of a sum of money or the performance of other
- GRANT - Operative word in conveyance of
- GRANTEE - One to whom a grant is
- GRANTOR - The person by whom a grant is made; a
transferor of property.
- JOINT TENANCY - Joint
tenants have one and the same interest, accruing by one and the same
conveyance, commencing at one and the same time, and held by one and the same
undivided possession. Type of ownership of real or personal property by two or
more persons in which each owns an undivided interest in the whole and
attached to which is the right of survivorship.
LIEN - A lien binding the real estate of a judgment debtor, in favor
of the holder of the judgment, and giving the latter a right to levy on the
land for the satisfaction of his judgment to the exclusion of other adverse
interests subsequent to the judgment.
- LIEN - A
charge, security or encumbrance upon the property.
PENDENS, NOTICE OF - A notice filed on public records for the
purpose of warning all persons that the title to certain property is in
litigation and that they are in danger of being bound by an adverse
- MECHANICS LIEN - A claim created by state
statutes for the purpose of securing priority of payment of the price or
value of work performed and materials furnished in erecting or repairing a
building or other structure and as such attaches to the land as well as
buildings and improvements erected thereon.
- An interest in land created by a written instrument providing security for
the performance of a duty or the payment of a debt.
- MORTGAGEE - Person that takes or receives a
- MORTGAGOR - One who, having all or some
part of title to property, by written instrument pledges that property for
some particular purpose such as security for a debt.
CLAIM DEED - A deed of conveyance operating by way of release; that
is , intended to pass any title, interest or claim which the grantor may have
in the premises, but not professing that such title is valid, nor containing
any warranty or covenants for title.
- TENANCY BY THE
ENTIRETY - A form of joint ownership similar to Joint Tenancy except
neither party can encumber the property without the consent of the other. The
tenancy which is created is between husband and wife and only relates to their
homestead (primary residence). As with Joint Tenancy, rights of survivorship
- TENANCY IN COMMON - A form of ownership
whereby each tenant (i.e., owner) holds an undivided interest in property.
Unlike a joint tenancy or a tenancy by the entirety, the interest of a tenant
in common does not terminate upon his or her prior death (i.e., there is no
right of survivorship).
- TITLE - The means whereby the
owner of land has the just possession of his property. The right to ownership
in land; also, the evidence of such ownership.
- A right of property, real or personal, held by one party for the benefit of
- TRUSTEE - Person holding property in
- TRUSTEE'S DEED - A deed executed by a trustee
pursuant to and in the exercise of the power and authority granted to and
vested in it by the terms of a deed or deeds in trust and the provisions of a
trust agreement and of every other power thereunto enabling.
- UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE (UCC) - One of the Uniform Laws
drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
governing commercial transactions (sales of goods, commercial paper, bank
deposits and collections, letters of credit, bulk transfers, warehouse
receipts, bills of lading, investment securities and secured
- WARRANTY DEED - Deed in which grantor
warrants good clear title.
Permanent Parcel Number
The following is an example of a permanent parcel number.
05 -21 -307 -001
Area Section Block Parcel
The first series of numbers
'05' is referred to as area. Area is defined by what township
the property lies within. In our example, 05 represents Milton Township."
The second series of numbers '-021' always coincides with
the section. In our example, 21 represent the section of the township that the
property lies within.
The third series of numbers
'-307' represents block. In our example, the property would
lie within block 307. Furthermore a block identifies which quarter section the
property lies within.
Block 100 - 199 lie within the northwest quarter
of a section.
Block 200 - 299 lie within the northeast quarter of a
Block 300 - 399 lie within the southwest quarter of a
Block 400 - 499 lie within the southeast quarter of a
The fourth series of numbers '-001'
represents the parcel . In our example, 001 represents a particular parcel,
lot or farm.
Townships of DuPage County
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1 MILE - 80 CHAINS, 320 RODS, 1,760 YARDS OR 5,280
16 1/2 FEET - 1 ROD, PERCH OR POLE
1 CHAIN - 66 FEET, 100 LINKS
OR 4 RODS
1 LINK - 7.92 INCHES
25 LINKS - 1 ROD
4 RODS - 1
144 SQUARE INCHES - 1 SQUARE FOOT
9 SQUARE FEET - 1 SQUARE
30 1/4 SQUARE YARDS - 1 SQUARE ROD
160 SQUARE RODS - 1 ACRE
10,000 SQUARE LINKS - 1 SQUARE CHAIN
10 SQUARE CHAINS - 1 ACRE
ACRE - 208.71 FEET BY 208.71 FEET
1 ACRE - 43,560 SQUARE FEET
- 4,840 YARDS
1 ACRE - 160 SQUARE RODS
640 ACRES - 1 SQUARE MILE OF
36 SQUARE MILES OF SECTIONS - 1 TOWNSHIP
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Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter
35 ILCS, Paragraph 200/31-45, Exemptions. The following deeds or trust
documents shall be exempt from the provisions of this Article exempt as
provided in this section.
(a) Deeds representing real estate transfers
made before January 1, 1968, but recorded after that date and trust documents
executed before January 1, 1986, but recorded after that date.
to or trust documents relating to
(1) property acquired by any
governmental body or from any governmental body,
(2) property or
interests transferred between governmental bodies, or
acquired by or from any corporation, society, association, foundation or
institution organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious or
However, deeds or trust documents, other than those
in which the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs of the United States is the
grantee pursuant to a foreclosure proceeding, shall not be exempt from filing
(c) Deeds or trust documents that secure debt or other
(d) Deeds or trust documents that, without additional
consideration, confirm, correct, modify or supplement a deed or trust document
(e) Deeds or trust documents where the actual
consideration is less than $100.
(f) Tax deeds.
(g) Deeds or trust
documents that release property that is security for a debt or other
(h) Deeds of partition.
(i) Deeds or trust documents made
pursuant to mergers, consolidations or transfers or sales of substantially all
of the assets of corporations under plans of reorganization under the Federal
Internal Revenue Code or Title 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Act.
or trust documents made by a subsidiary corporation to its parent corporation
for no consideration other than the cancellation or transfer of the
(k) Deeds where there is an actual exchange of real
estate and trust documents when there is an actual exchange of beneficial
interests, except that the money difference or money's worth paid from one to
the other is not exempt from the tax.
(l) Deeds issued to a holder of a
mortgage as defined in Section 15 - 103 of the Code of Civil Procedure,
pursuant to a mortgage foreclosure proceeding or pursuant to a transfer in
lieu of foreclosure.
(m) A deed or trust document related to the purchase
of a principal residence by a participant in the program authorized by the
Home Ownership Made Easy Act, except that those deeds and trust documents
shall not be exempted from filing the declaration.
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