Freedom of Information Act
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is designed to ensure that the public has access to information about their government and its decision-making process. West 40 is dedicated to maintaining transparency and open communication with the public we serve. In accordance with 5 ILCS 140, Section 2(c), a public record is any records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, recorded information and all other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared, or having been or being used, received, possessed or under the control of any public body. Records that are not subject to release, according to the FOIA process, include confidential and trade secret information.
The first 50 pages of a requested report are free. There may be a $0.15 cent fee for every page after the first 50. A fee waiver may be requested as long as the request is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government.
Organizations are allowed five business days to respond to the FOIA request. The requestor can allow an additional five days (10 total) to respond.
Please send the FOIA Request Form to:
West 40 ISC #2
4413 Roosevelt Road
Hillside, IL 60162