The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is designed to ensure that the public has access to information about their government. Beginning on January 1, 2010, key changes to the Freedom of Information Act took effect. Any person, group, association, corporation, firm, partnership or organization has the right to file a FOIA request for public records to any state or local public body.
In accordance with 5 ILCS 140, Section 2 (c), a public record is "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."
How to File a FOIA request with Freeport School District
Freeport School District’s FOIA Officer is Greta Harrell. All requests to inspect and/or obtain a copy of District records must be made in writing. For your convenience you may use the Freeport School District FOIA Request for Public Records. This form is not required. You may submit your request by mail, personal delivery, fax, or e-mail to the following:
By mail or personal delivery:Greta HarrellFSD145 FOIA Officer501 E South StreetFreeport, IL 61032 By fax:815-232-0327 By email to: email@example.comIndividuals making a request are not required to state a reason for the request other than to identify whether the request is for commercial purpose or when requesting a fee waiver.
Copying FeesIndividuals requesting copies of public records will not be charged for the first 50 pages of black and white letter or legal sized copies. Each additional copy will cost 15 cents per page.
Freeport School District’s procedure for handling FOIA requests are found in Administrative Regulation 225. For more information regarding the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, please visit the Illinois Attorney General website at http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net.