Freedom of Information Requests

The village website includes the name, address, phone number, and an electronic contact method for the village Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer, along with the address, phone number, and electronic submission method for FOIA requests. The village website includes the FOIA process response time and any fees charged by the village in connection with FOIA requests and responses.

Freedom of Information Act
In January 2010 the State of Illinois enhanced resident access to public information with revisions to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Under the revamped act residents are able to access information from their local public officials in a variety of media in a shorter period of time at reduced fees.

The public body must generally comply with the request within five working business days (5 ILCS 140/3). Certain exceptions allow an additional five business days. The date that the request is received by the public body does not count as "Day 1." Day one of the five-day timeline is the first business day after the request is received by the public body. Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays are not business days and cannot be counted in the five-business-day time period.

Fees & Costs
Fees and costs apply to reproducing and certifying public records. If a fee is due, you will be contacted on the cost, which must be paid prior to receiving the documents. For black and white, letter or legal sized copies, the first 50 pages are free, additional pages will incur a cost per page.

Commercial Request is when the requestor seeks to use part or all of the public records for sale, resale, or solicitation or advertisement for sales or services. A public body has 21 business days to respond to a request for information that is made for a commercial purpose.

Making a Request
In order to assist our residents in accessing information the village has contracted with FOIA Systems to make requests by submitting requests using the link below. After registering you may submit your requests by following the prompts. Make an electronic request. The response to the request will be made through FOIA officers. The Village Hall is located at 20 South Ardmore Avenue, and the main number is 630-834-8500.

Using the FOIA Systems Website
To find further information on Public Act 5 ILCS 140/1 and the procedure for walk-in requests, click the find information link on the FOIA Systems website. The My Records Center link allows you to track your request and response. If you are having any difficulty submitting a request please contact the FOIA officers.