From The Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 120/1, as amended by Public Act 960-542, effective January 1, 2010).
"...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 this 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 General Assembly hereby declares that it is the public policy of the State of Illinois that access by all persons to public record promotes the transparency and accountability of public bodies at all levels of government. It is a fundamental obligation of government to operate openly and provide public records as expediently and efficiently as possible in compliance with this Act..."
Tom McCullough serves as the FOIA compliance officer for KIDS (Kishwaukee Intermediate Delivery System) and the Regional Office of Education #4. To make a FOIA request, please complete and submit a FOIA request form, available online in Word 2007 or Adobe PDF formats. You may also pick one up at our office at 300 Heart Boulevard, Loves Park, Illinois.
New provisions to the Illinois Open Meetings Act and Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1), mandated by Senate Bill 189, Public Act 096-0542, went into effect January 1, 2010. For further information, please visit the website of the Illinois Attorney General at http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/default.aspx.
To answer any questions you might have about the FOIA legislation, please click on this link: FOIA Frequently Asked Questions by the Public.