Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) RequestsIn compliance with State Law (5 ILCS 140/4), each school district is required to post specific information regarding the school district as part of FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requirements.The Freedom of Information Act is the principle Illinois law governing the inspection of public records. Originally enacted in 1984, it is based on the principle that the public should be able to access public records and information about the workings of their government. The principle mandate of the Act states that “[e]ach public body shall make available to any person for inspection and copying all public records.”The Freedom of Information Act, however, does recognize that in order to enable public bodies to perform certain governmental functions properly, and in order to protect personal privacy, some records and information may need to be kept confidential. Examples of documents that are not considered open to the public include individual student records, materials that could compromise security if released, documents related to ongoing labor negotiations, some records related to litigation or other legal procedures, and others.Thank you for your patience as we populate this webpage with the required information.
How do I submit an FOIA request?
Requests for information must be made in writing. The written request should include the requestor’s name, address, the date, and a daytime phone number so that the district can contact the requestor if they have any questions. Please provide as much information as possible on the subject matter in order to help expedite the search process.
When completed, the request should be submitted to the district’s FOIA Officer.
How long will it take to get an answer to my request?
When a written request for information is received, the district must comply within five working days. The Act provides, however, that under certain circumstances—for example if the requested records cannot be located in the course of a routine search and additional efforts must be made to locate them—the response time may be extended for up to five additional working days. If this happens, you will be notified by letter at the end of the first five days specifying the reason for the delay.Day 1 of the 5-day timeline is the first business day after the district receives the request. A “business day” or “working day” is a regular day of the week (Monday through Friday) when public offices and most businesses are open. Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays are not business days and cannot be counted in the 5 business day time period.That time period may be extended for an additional 5 business days from the date of the original due date if:
- The requested information is stored at a different location;
- The request requires the collection of a substantial number of documents;
- The request requires an extensive search;
- The requested records have not been located and require additional effort to find;
- The requested records need to be reviewed by staff who can determine whether they are exempt from FOIA;
- The requested records cannot be produced without unduly burdening the district or
interfering with its operations; or
- The request requires the district to consult with another public body that has substantial interest in the subject matter of the request.
If additional time is needed, the district will notify the requestor in writing within 5 business days after the receipt of the request of the statutory reasons for the extension and when the requested information will be produced.