Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Illinois 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 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.

Exemptions are described under 5ILCS 140, Section 7 and Section 7.5. In addition, some records may be subject to confidentiality provisions imposed by other state or federal law; the FOIA process for disclosure of information does not supersede these other applicable statutory and judicial mandates.

The Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow a person to inspect or receive copies of records. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions for general questions regarding the Waukegan Park District, go here, or call 847 360-4700.

How to Submit a FOIA Request

FOIA requests must be in writing. Please include the following:

  • Requestor’s name, mailing address and daytime telephone number.
  • A description of the records that are being requested.
    Please be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking.
  • Indicate how you would like the documents sent to you: via email, regular mail, fax or made available for pickup at the administrative offices of the Waukegan Park District (see address below).
  • FOIA requests can be mailed, faxed, emailed or dropped off to:
Freedom of Information Officer Freedom of Information Officer Freedom of Information Officer
Jay Lerner, Executive Director Sally Sandine, Executive Assistant Jon Beckmann, Superintendent of Finance
Waukegan Park District Waukegan Park District Waukegan Park District
2000 Belvidere Road 2000 Belvidere Road 2000 Belvidere Road
Waukegan, IL 60085 Waukegan, IL 60085 Waukegan, IL 60085
Email: jlerner@waukeganparks.org Email: sally@waukeganparks.org Email:  jbeckmann@waukeganparks.org
Fax:  847-244-8270 Fax:  847-244-8270 Fax:  847-244-8270

 

FOIA FAQ

When can I expect a response to my request?

For non-commercial purpose requests, a response will be provided within five (5) business days from the day after the request is received.
Pursuant to 5 ILCS 140/3(d) that time period may be extended for an additional five business days from the date of the original due date.
If additional time is needed, you will receive an extension letter. In addition, a written agreement with the requestor can extend the deadline for response beyond the statutory time requirements.
For commercial purpose FOIA requests, a response will be provided within 21 business days from the day after the request is received.

When does the five (5) business days time period start?

On the first business day after the request is “received”. The date that the request was received does not count as “day one.”