FOIA Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I submit a FOIA request?
    The FOIA Request on the sidebar will allow you to view multiple ways of submitting a FOIA Request.

    What happens after I submit a request?
    The Illinois Freedom of Information Act requires agencies to respond within five working days of receipt of a request. A five-day extension is allowed with written notification to the requester.
    If the requested records are 50 pages or less, in length, the pages will be copied and mailed to the requester. If the records exceed 50 pages, the requester will be informed of the duplication cost. What are the costs for duplication? The cost is $.15 per sheet above fifty sheets.

    If you have questions about filing a FOIA request, please contact the District Office at 815.335.2456 and ask for a Freedom of Information Officer. The FOIA Officer is Jenny Lindgren.

    What are examples of records that can be requested?
    Generally, the most common requests would be for copies of the following: District 323 financial records, budget, audit, board policies, collective bargaining agreement, employee handbooks, etc. Other allowable records may be requested and inspected.

    Many generally requested items such as board policies, board minutes, and collective bargaining agreements may be found on the District #323 Website.

    Does the Act require the production of new documents?
    As a general principle, public bodies are not required to create new records to respond to requests for information, if the body does not ordinarily maintain the requested information in record form.

    Fee Schedule for Duplication of Public Records
    Paper copy from paper or electronic source, 50 pages or less: No charge
    Paper copy from paper or electronic source, additional pages: $0.15 / page

    Checks are to be made payable to: Winnebago CUSD 323