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FOIA Request

June 12, 2013

Freedom of Information Act Request Forms

What is FOIA?

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.

How can I submit a FOIA request?

Please submit requests using the FOIA request form.

(Click here for the form).

Form can be:
Faxed to: 618-588-9106
E-mailed to: belll@wesclin.org
Mailed to:
Wesclin School District #3
699 Wesclin Road
Trenton, IL 62293
ATTN: FOIA Officer, Lisa Bell

What happens after I submit a request?

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 requestor. If the records exceed 50 pages, the requester will be informed of the duplication cost.

What are the costs for duplication? 


(Effective January, 2012)

Type of Duplication


Paper copy from paper or electronic source, 50 pages or less

no charge

Paper copy from paper or electronic source, additional pages

$.15 / page (no charge assessed for less than $7.50)

CD-ROM or Flash Drive

Cost of recording medium

Copy of audio or video material

Cost of recording medium



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