Freedom of Information Act
The Illinois Legislature has declared it to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them. Access by all persons to public records promotes the transparency and accountability of public bodies at all levels of government. It is a fundamental obligation of government to operate openly and provide public records as expediently and efficiently as possible.
Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/2) "Public records" means 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, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared, or having been or being used, received, possessed or under the control of any public body. This Act is not intended to cause an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, nor to allow the requests of a commercial enterprise to unduly burden public resources. This Act is not intended to compel public bodies to interpret or advise requesters as to the meaning or significance of the public records.
In order to request information and/or records available to the public, you must submit a request via e-mail, written letter or fax. You must send your request to Betty Cress, Assistant Administrative Librarian, 1405 South Park Avenue, Streamwood, IL 60107, Tel.: 630.837-6800. She can be reached M-F, 9:00 a.m to 5 p.m. All requests must be in writing.
You must request specific records, and the Library must respond within 5 business days after its receipt of the request, unless the time for response is properly extended for not more than 5 business days. A public body shall respond to a request for records to be used for a commercial purpose within 21 working days after receipt.
Certain types of documents are exempt from copying. These include attorney-client communications, private or personal information, administrative records, trade secrets or financial information, bids for contracts or grants, architect's plans and engineer's technical submissions, closed-session minutes until they have been released, adjudications of employee grievances, collective bargaining agreements or negotiations, and certain information regarding students.
The Freedom of Information Act also calls for certain penalties for non-compliance, and for Judicial Review of the Decision of the Attorney General in this regard.
There will be no charge for the first fifty pages of black and white text, but a15¢ per page charge will be assessed for copied records in excess of the initial fifty pages. The actual copying cost will be charged for colored copies, and there is a $1.00 charge per page for certification of documents.