Riverdale Public Library District

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Information and Requests



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

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:  Due to the extreme size of the Audits, you must request a copy through the Freedom Of Information Act request form below.

Expense Budgets:  FY 2010-2011,   FY 2011-2012, FY2012-2013, FY 2013-2014, FY 2014-2015, FY 2015-2016, FY 2016-2017 will be availble in October 2017

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
ATTN: Brett Shelton
208 West 144th Street
Riverdale, IL 60827






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



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


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.



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: September 13, 2017

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