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How to File a Freedom of Information Act Request

Filing a FOIA Request

Retain a copy of this request for your files. If you eventually need to file a request for Review with the Public Access Counselor, you will need to submit a copy of your FOIA request.

Records Requested: *Please provide as much specific detail as possible so the public body can identify the information that you are seeking. You may attach additional pages, if necessary.

(It is a violation of the Freedom of Information Act for a person to knowingly obtain a public record for a commercial purpose without disclosing that it is for a commercial purpose, if requested to do so by the public body. 5 ILCS 140.3.1(c)).

(If you are requesting that the public body waive any fees for copying the documents, you must attach a statement of the purpose of the request, and whether the principal purpose of the request is to access or disseminate information regarding the health, safety and welfare or legal rights of the general public. 5 ILCS 140/6 (c)).
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A request for records must be made in writing and can be submitted to the attention of the FOIA officer in the following ways:

Oglesby Public Library District

Attn: FOIA Officer
111 S. Woodland Ave.
Oglesby, IL 61348



Personal Delivery

During regular business hours of the Oglesby Public Library District.

Indicate whether you have a commercial purpose in your request. Specify the records requested to be disclosed for inspection or to be copied.

Freedom of Information Act Request Fees

Digital copies sharable via electronic means are provided free of charge.

To reimburse us our actual costs for reproducing the records, the following fees will be charged:

·         There is no charge for the first fifty (50) black and white pages, either letter or legal size.

·         There is a $0.15 per page charge for copied records in excess of 50 pages.

·         The actual copying cost of color copies and other sized copies will be charged.

·         If the records are kept in electronic format, you may request a specific format, and, if feasible, they will be provided. But if not, they will be provided either in the electronic format in which they are kept (and you would be required to pay the actual cost of the medium only (flash drive, etc.) to which the information is to be saved or in paper as you select.

Response to Requests for Non-Commercial Requests

Response to non-commercial requests can be expected within 5 business days of the receipt of a written request. If an extension is required, the FOIA officer from the library will reach out to the requester.

Response to Commercial Requests can be expected within 21 business days of the receipt of a written request. If an extension is required, the FOIA officer from the library will reach out to the requester.

Records may be inspected or copied at the library. If inspected, an employee must be present throughout the inspection.

Procedure for Appealing a Decision

If your request for information is denied, or in part, you have the right to have your request reviewed by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. 5 ILCS 140/9.5 (a). You can file your Request for Review with the PAC by writing to:

Leah Bartlet, Public Access Counselor
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
500 South 2nd Street
Springfield, Il 62701



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