It is the public policy of this State that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of people’s business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business.

 

If a member of the public would like to make a request for documents pursuant to the FOIA, such requests must be in writing and addressed to:

 

Kate Watson

Douglas County State’s Attorney

Freedom of Information Officer

Courthouse - Room 105

401 S. Center

Tuscola, IL 61953

 

Fax requests to : (217) 253-4541

(5 ILCS/140/3) All written requests will be responded to within five (5) working days, following the date the request is received, except in the instance when the request is for commercial purposes (within 21 working days). The five (5) day count begins the day after receipt of the request. The requestor will be notified of a five (5) day extension (working days) if the files are at different locations, voluminous, or if other reasons make it impossible to assemble and mail the request out within the expected five day period.

Any fees allowable under the act may be imposed.

Fees are limited. For black and white, letter or legal sized copies (8 ½ x 11 or 11 x 14), the first 50  pages are free, and any additional pages are 15 cents a page. For color copies or abnormal size copies, the public body can charge the actual cost of copying. A public body can charge for electronic copies but only the actual cost of the recording medium.

 

For questions about the act, go to: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/

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