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, review and search our website at go here, or call our main number at (847) 360-4700.

How to Submit a FOIA Request

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

Requester’s name, address and telephone number.

  • A description of the records being requested. Please be specific when describing the requested records.
  • FOIA requests are best e-mailed, providing for the most efficient processing and response time. Click here to submit your request via e-mail.
  • If mailing via USPS, use the address below.  Please call 847-360-4721 with questions.
Freedom of Information Officer
Jay Lerner, Executive Director
Waukegan Park District
1324 Golf Road
Waukegan, Illinois 60087
Freedom of Information Officer
Sally Sandine, Executive Assistant
Waukegan Park District
1324 Golf Road
Waukegan, Illinois 60087
Freedom of Information Officer
Jon Beckmann, Superintendent of Finance
Waukegan Park District
1324 Golf Road
Waukegan, Illinois 60087

 

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.”