Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - Open Meetings Act
FOIA is the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act
5 ILCS 140), records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon
written request. Pursuant to 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 via the FOIA process include confidential and trade secret information.
A letter should be submitted to the public agency you wish information from and should state that
information is being sought under the Freedom of Information Act. Provide a brief description of
the public records requested, being as specific as possible. Responses to FOIA requests can be
provided via e-mail, but also include a mailing address.
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.
FOIA Training Information
South Cook ISC (SCISC) complies fully with the Freedom of Information Act. SCISC acknowledges our
obligation to provide public records to requesters as expediently and efficiently as possible pursuant
to the Act.
Requests for records must be in writing and submitted to:
Dr. Vanessa J. Kinder
Executive Director/Chief Administrative Officer
South Cook ISC
253 West Joe Orr Road
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Open Meetings Act
The Illinois Association of School Boards provides a download-able document outlining
the Open Meetings Act (PDF)
FOIA and OMA Electronic Training Information