FOIA Request

A copy of the FOIA Request Form

REQUESTING PUBLIC RECORDS:

Pursuant to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of government, it is declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Such access is necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest.

The Village of Forest Park also believes that an open, honest and accountable government is the cornerstone of a democracy that can only be achieved through the free and open exchange of information between the government and the public.

The Village of Forest Park maintains many public records. Public records can include anything of fiscal, historical, administrative or legal nature. Some examples of public records available for provision under the Freedom of Information Act include, but are not limited to:

Accident reports Checks Ledgers, Journals and Registers
Agendas Contracts Liens
Annexations, subdivisions, easements and land vacation records Construction records Licenses
Applications Correspondence Maps
Appointment books/calendars/phone messages Department reports Management letters
Appraisals Employment Applications Meeting Minutes and recordings
Audio and visual recordings (including digital) Election records Personnel, pension and payroll records
Archives Films and other recordings Permit records
Audit reports Equipment records Photographs
Bids Financial statements Policies and Procedural manuals
Bond records Health inspections Press releases
Board packets Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund records Resolutions
Building records Insurance policies State and Federal Tax records
Budgets Insurance Claims Time records
Certificates of publication, legal notices Invoices Utility records
Census records Ledgers, Journals and Registers Zoning plans
Comprehensive Plans, studies and surveys Liens  

All requests for copies or inspection of public documents under the Freedom of Information Act must be made in writing and should be addressed to:

Vanessa Moritz, Village Clerk
Village of Forest Park
517 Desplaines Avenue
Forest Park, Illinois 60130

**Such requests may be tendered by mail or in person at the above address, by fax to (708) 771-0177 or by email to vmoritz@forestpark.net. Click here for our records request form.

The Village of Forest Park has designated the following individuals as Freedom of Information Act Officers:
Vanessa Moritz
Sally Cody
 

The cost to obtain copies is as follows:
First 50 black and white letter, legal or ledger size copies – No Charge
Any copies over 50 pages of black and white letter, legal or ledger size - $0.15 per page
Color Copies - $0.25 per page
Non-standard size copies – actual cost for outsourcing the copies – please ask for price estimate
Electronic data on a compact disc $0.35
Certification of any document $1.00