Riverdale Public Library District

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Information and Requests

 

Overview

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a State statute that provides the public with 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).

 Items available on the library website:

Library Trustees http://www.riverdale.lib.il.us/trustees/index.html

Organization Chart http://www.riverdale.lib.il.us/FOIA/Organization Chart.pdf

Library Board Minutes http://www.riverdale.lib.il.us/trustees/index.html

Library Board Agendas http://www.riverdale.lib.il.us/trustees/index.html

Audits:  FY 2009-2010 http://www.riverdale.lib.il.us/FOIA/Audit FY2010.pdf
             FY 2010-2011 http://www.riverdale.lib.il.us/FOIA/Audit FY2011.pdf

Expense Budgets:  FY 2010-2011,   FY 2011-2012, FY2012-2013

Services and Policies http://www.riverdale.lib.il.us/libserv/index.html

 

FOIA Requests

You may request documents via mail, email, fax, or personal delivery. Your request must include the following information:

 Requester's full name, address, and daytime telephone number. We need this information in case we have questions about the request.

 A written description of the desired records containing the specific details necessary to fulfill the request.

 The documentation and/or envelope must be labeled "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST".

 The Riverdale Public Library has a FOIA form here that can be used for requests. 

 

 Mail/Personal Delivery


Riverdale Public Library
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST
ATTN: Brett Shelton
208 West 144th Street
Riverdale, IL 60827

 

 Email:

foiarpld@comcast.net

 

Fax:

(708) 841-1805
Please note: send ATTN: Brett Shelton. Write or type "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST" on faxed requests

 

FOIA OFFICERS

FOIA Officers are responsible for responding to FOIA requests in a timely and thorough manner.

The Library's FOIA Officer is:

Brett Shelton, Assistant Director


Fees

Black and white copies:
First 50 copies on letter or legal-sized paper: free
Remaining copies on letter or legal-sized paper: $0.15 per page
Non-letter or legal-sized paper in black and white: cost of paper + $0.15 per page

Color copies:
On letter or legal-sized paper: $.50 per page
Non-letter or legal-sized paper: cost of paper + $0.50 per page

 

FOIA Process

 

Denied Requests

 

Failure to Respond

PAC contact information: 
Sara Pratt
Acting Public Access Counselor
Office Of The Attorney General
500 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62706
E-mail: publicaccess@atg.state.il.us
FOIA Hotline: 1-877-299-FOIA (1-877-299-3642)
Fax: 217-782-1396htt

 

Request for Review

A Request for Review is a letter that must be submitted by a requester in the event that it is believed that a public body is not adhering to FOIA. It is a formal way of asking the PAC to examine a request in order to determine if FOIA is being followed correctly.

The Request for Review must be in writing, signed by the requester, and attached to a copy of the original FOIA request and any related correspondence. It must be filed within 60 calendar days of the public body's final response or response due date.

 

Resources:

Ensuring Open and Honest Government http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/

FAQ (members of the public) http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/pdf/FAQ_FOIA_Public.pdf

 

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July 7, 2011
Updated:
December 19, 2013

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