Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure (for example: records containing information concerning trade secrets or personal privacy).
The New Lenox Community Park District complies with the intent and spirit of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the principal Illinois statutory enactment governing the inspection of public records.
The FOIA provides access to all “agency records”, except those which are specifically exempted within the Act. Exemptions are listed in Section 7 of the FOIA. Further, the FOIA permits “any person” to request access agency records.
How do I submit a FOIA request?
FOIA requires that requests for inspection or copies be made in writing and directed to the Park District; however, the Park District may honor oral requests if it chooses to do so. Written requests may be submitted in a variety of forms including personal delivery, regular mail, fax or “other means available to the public body.” Any request must be immediately forwarded to the FOIA officer or designee. If a Park District fails to respond to a FOIA request within the prescribed timeframe, then the Park District may not charge copying fees or treat the request as “unduly burdensome.” A requester may treat the failure to issue a timely response as a denial. When making a written request, be as specific as you can regarding the information you are requesting and be sure to include a phone number and return address. All requests should be directed to the New Lenox Park District, Freedom of Information Officer.
The FOIA states that requests be responded to within five (5) working days. However, the FOIA Officer may request an extension if the information requested will take longer to assemble. Also, the District may charge a minimal fee for reproduction of materials.
The New Lenox Community Park District has designated the below Freedom of Information Officers. They may be reached by telephone at (815) 485-3584, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or in writing at 701 W Haven Ave, New Lenox, IL 60451.
How do I appeal a denial?
In the event of a denial, you may either file a Request for Review with the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (PAC), or file a lawsuit in court. For complete information, contact PAC at:
Public Access Bureau
500 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62706