Freedom of Information Act
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140/4) provides for public access to public records. To comply with the Freedom of Information Act, we make the following information available to the community: a description of the District, an organizational chart, District procedures related to Freedom of Information Act requests, and a Request for District 181 Records form. A link is also provided to a publication of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, A Guide to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Pursuant to School Board Policy 2:250, Freedom of Information Act, the District will charge a copying fee for FOIA requests over 50 pages. The copying fee is reflective of the actual cost incurred by the district per copy including: toner, paper, and labor. The per copy fee for the 2017-18 school year is $.02/copy.
FOIA Response Time
Upon receipt of a FOIA request, the FOIA Officer shall determine whether the requested information is exempt or nonexempt under the provisions of the FOIA. The FOIA officer shall respond in one of the following ways:
- Approval of request - Provide materials requested within five business days after receipt of the request, give notice of when the records will be provided and the cost (if any), or give notice of the time and place for inspection of the records.
- Give a notice of extension - The FOIA officer may request an additional five business days to fulfill the request. However, a written response informing the requester of the extension must be made by the fifth business day. If the requester agrees, the time may be extended beyond an additional five business days.
- Denial of request or part of request - Denial must be written and reference a specific legal reason under FOIA to justify the nondisclosure. The denial must also inform the requester of the right to seek review of the issue by the public access counselor (PAC) in the Attorney General’s Office, with the PAC’s contact information, as well as the right to seek judicial review by filing a court case.
The requester must submit a Request for Review to the PAC within 60 calendar days after the date of the final denial from the public body.