Freedom of Information Act
As you know, on March 20, 2020 Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a Shelter In Place Order, which is effective March 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to April 7, 2020 (this has now been extended to April 30, 2020). Accordingly, all Village staff is either unavailable or devoted to public safety tasks. In light of the foregoing, the Village respectfully requests that you consider waiting to submit your FOIA request until after the Shelter In Place 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. In the event you do not choose one of the foregoing 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.
What is the Freedom of Information Act?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law is used to ensure that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government, and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials. The Freedom of Information Act is also used to make sure that public employees are consistent with the terms of this Act. Additional information regarding FOIA can be found at the Illinois Attorney General’s website.
This act is not intended to be used to violate individual privacy, nor for the purpose of furthering a commercial enterprise, or to disrupt the duly-undertaken work of any public body independent of the fulfillment of any of the rights of the people to access to information (5 ILCS 140/1).
Unless information falls within an express statutory exemption, it must be disclosed under FOIA
(5 ILCS 140/3).
The public body must generally comply with the request within five (5) working days (5 ILCS 140/3). Certain exceptions allow an additional five (5) days. Fees and costs may apply to reproducing or certifying public records. If a fee is due, you will be contacted on the cost, which must be paid prior to receiving the documents.
Information At Your Finger Tips
In our efforts to provide access to public information, the Village of Lombard maintains the following information electronically so that it is available 24/7:
Another option to see if the information you are requesting is already digitally is to search our archives. To do so, use the "Search" box in the upper right hand corner of this page. For your convenience, you can complete an online FOIA application form or submit a printable version which will open in a new window.
POLICE DEPARTMENT RECORDS ONLY
Please complete this online FOIA application form. For all other records, click on the link above.
Note: When you submit a FOIA request, your information becomes public record.
Directory of Records
Each public body shall maintain and make available for inspection and copying a reasonably current list of all types or categories of records under its control.
Public records stored by means of electronic data processing may be printed upon request or requestors may arrange to view documents in electronic format at the Village Hall upon coordination with the FOIA Officer. View the Directory of Records.
Should you have any questions please contact Janet Downer