Freedom of Informaiton Act Request

Special Message: March 23, 2020

On March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10, a “Stay At Home Order,” which is effective March 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. through April 7, 2020, which the Governor may be extended.  Accordingly, Village staff time is devoted to public safety tasks. In light of this situation, the Village respectfully requests that the public wait to submit FOIA requests until after the Stay At Home Order has been lifted. Alternatively, the Village requests that you agree to waive the statutory response deadlines and allow the Village to respond to the request as soon as is practicable. If you are agreeable to waiving the response deadlines, please affirmatively state that in your request. If you do not choose one of these options, the Village will respond to your request pursuant to State law, which includes the ability to identify and deny a request if it is determined to be unduly burdensome given the current circumstances.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience during this time.

Any person requesting access to information as permitted under The Freedom of Information Act (House Bill 234, P.A. 83-1013) should follow the steps below:

  1. Submit a request form, being as specific as possible with regard to the information you seek:

  2. Return the completed form to Village board by mail, email or in person, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  3. Within 5 business days of receipt of the request (21 days for commercial requests), the Village will indicate in writing its response to the request. The Village will respond in one of the four following manners:

    • Inform you of when the information may be inspected or how a copy may be obtained

    • Indicate that additional time to fulfill the request is needed, factors prompting the delay and when the response will be forthcoming

    • Deny the request, stating reasons for the denial

    • Failure to respond by the Village within 10 days is deemed a denial

  4. You have the right to appeal any decision to deny access to records. Appeals must be submitted in writing to: Village Administrator, 400 Park Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305

  5. If the Village Administrator upholds the decision to deny access, or does not respond within 5 days, you may file suit in circuit court for injunctive or declaratory relief.

Copies of requested public records in black and white, legal or letter size are free for the first 50 pages. Beyond 50 pages, the Village will charge $0.10 a page for letter and $0.25 a page for other sizes. Commercial FOIA requesters are subject to the same reproduction fees as public requesters.

You may also submit a Freedom of Information Request via email. For general requests, click here, or for Police-related requests, click here


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