PLEASE NOTE: Due to reduced administrative staffing at Village Hall to mitigate the community spread of COVID-19, it is strongly encouraged that FOIA requests be emailed to the appropriate department as listed below in lieu of doing so by fax, in person or mail. This will assist staff in fulfilling the request promptly.
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act, enacted in 1989 and updated in 2010, is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of government bodies at all levels in Illinois. The law requires each public agency to nominate an officer to be the official keeper of public records, as well as complete an online training course, established by the attorney general. The act defines public records as all records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, recorded information and all other documentary materials under the control of any public body.
Anyone can request public documents but the Illinois Freedom of Information Act is not supposed to be used to further a commercial enterprise, violate individual privacy, or disrupt the day-to-day working of the public body.
To obtain a given record, you must submit a written request. A pre-printed form is available at Village offices or by downloading the FOIA form (PDF).
Numerous exemptions include some personnel information, disciplinary actions and vulnerability assessments. When a request is made to inspect or copy a public record that contains information that is exempt from disclosure, but also contains information that is not exempt from disclosure, the public body may elect to redact the information that is exempt. The public body shall make the remaining information available for inspection and copying.
The Village must either comply with or deny a written request for public records within five working days after receiving it.. No fees shall be charged for the first 50 pages of black and white, letter or legal sized copies requested. For 51 or more pages, the fee for black and white copies (letter or legal) is 15 cents/page. Anything larger or in color is “market rate.” The cost for certifying a record is $1.
Public records requests for Police or Fire Department records should be turned in to Public Safety Support Services at the Police Department, 2500 East Lake Avenue. For more information, call (847) 729-5000.
For questions on all other records, contact Lisa Goodwin at (847) 904-4370.