Freedom of Information Act

Overview

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) endeavors to open up the workings of governments to the public, give light to government actions, and strengthen democracy in the process. The Freedom of Information Act is not to be used to violate individual privacy, or to further a commercial enterprise, or to disrupt work of any public body.

Compliance

According to the Freedom of Information Act, the public must generally comply with requests within five (5) business days. Some exceptions may apply, allowing for an additional five (5) business days.

Exceptions & Exemptions

This Act does exempt certain records from disclosure. If records are denied, the applicable portion of the Act stating the exception will be cited, and details on appealing the decision will be given at the time the request was denied.

Fees

For black and white, letter or legal sized copies, the first 50 pages are free, and any additional pages are $0.15 per page. For color copies or abnormal size copies, the actual cost associated will be passed on to the requestor. The fee for electronic copies is the actual cost of the recording medium requested.

Submitting Requests

Access the Freedom of Information Act Request Form (PDF)

All FOIA request can be addressed to an FOIA officer and mailed, faxed to 708-755-1881, or dropped-off at the South Chicago Heights Village Hall.

Address requests to/drop off at:
Village of South Chicago Heights
3317 Chicago Road
South Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Freedom of Information Act Officers

  • Catherine Linan, Village Hall
  • William Joyce, Police Department
  • Nicole Maross, Police Department
  • Nora Martinez-Gomez, Village Hall
  • Tim Wehrle, Police Department

For More Information

For more information contact the Village of South Chicago Heights at 708-755-1880, or stop by the Village Hall.