Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public 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).
The Joliet Park District complies with the intent and spirit of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the principal Illinois statutory enactment governing the inspection of public records.
The FOIA provides access to all “agency records”, except those which are specifically exempted within the Act. Exemptions are listed in Section 7 of the FOIA. Further, the FOIA permits “any person” to request access agency records.
How to submit a FOIA request?
A person can request public records in person, on the telephone or in a written letter. When requesting information in person, a “Freedom of Information Request” form needs to be completed by the person requesting the information. In the case of a request over the telephone, the Freedom of Information Officer for the District will complete the FOIA request form, forward a copy to the person making the request, and keep the required copy on file. When making a written request, be as specific as you can regarding the information you are requesting and be sure to include a phone number and return address. All requests should be directed to the Joliet Park District, Freedom of Information Officer.
The FOIA states that requests be responded to within five (5) working days. However, the FOIA Officer may request an extension if the information requested will take longer to assemble. Also, the District may charge a minimal fee for reproduction of materials.
The Joliet Park District Freedom of Information Officers, Brad Staab and Matthew Pehle may be reached by telephone at (815) 741-7275 or in writing at 3000 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL 60435.
How do I appeal a denial?
In the event of a denial, you may either file a Request for Review with the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (PAC), or file a lawsuit in court. For complete information, contact PAC at:
What records are available?
- Accident, Injury and Incident Reports
- Accounts Payable and Receivable Records
- Annual Financial Report
- Attorney Bios
- Bid Records
- Bill, Check, Invoice, Voucher and Warrant Listings
- Board of Commissioners Information
- Board of Commissioners Agendas and Meeting Minutes
- Bond Records
- Business License Records
- Capital Improvement Plan
- Certificates of Publications, Meeting Notices, Legal Notices and Press Releases
- Election Records
- Insurance Policies
- Investment Records
- Ledgers, Journals and Registers (General, Utilities, Accounts Payable and Receivable, etc.)
- List of Board and Commissions
- Material Safety Data Sheets
- Officials’ Oaths, Bonds and Appointments
- Ordinance and Document Index
- Ordinances, Resolutions, Proclamations and Motions
- Tax Levy Records
- Treasurer’s Reports
- Vendor Records
- Work Orders and Service Requests