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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 reportsChecksLedgers, Journals and Registers
Annexations, subdivisions, easements and land vacation recordsConstruction recordsLicenses
Appointment books/calendars/phone messagesDepartment reportsManagement letters
AppraisalsEmployment ApplicationsMeeting Minutes and recordings
Audio and visual recordings (including digital)Election recordsPersonnel, pension and payroll records
ArchivesFilms and other recordingsPermit records
Audit reportsEquipment recordsPhotographs
BidsFinancial statementsPolicies and Procedural manuals
Bond recordsHealth inspectionsPress releases
Board packetsIllinois Municipal Retirement Fund recordsResolutions
Building recordsInsurance policiesState and Federal Tax records
BudgetsInsurance ClaimsTime records
Certificates of publication, legal noticesInvoicesUtility records
Census recordsLedgers, Journals and RegistersZoning plans
Comprehensive Plans, studies and surveysLiens 

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 Belmonte, 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) 488-0361 or by email to vbelmonte@forestpark.netClick here for our records request form.

Employee Total Compensation: FY2021 and FY2022.

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

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