What is FOIA?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. FOIA is designed to ensure that the public has access to information about their government and its decision-making process. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure (for example: records containing information concerning trade secrets or personal privacy). The Village must generally comply with the request within 5 business days (5ILCS 140/3), unless the request is commercial in nature. Certain exceptions allow an additional 5 days. Copies of public records will be provided upon payment of any applicable copying or reproduction fees, as provided in Section IV (b) of the ILlinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILS 140/4(b)). If requested, copies or records will be mailed after the Village received payment of the cost.
Who can file a FOIA request?
Anyone. Any person, group association, corporation, firm, partnership or organization has the right to file a FOIA request.
Is every public body required to have a designated FOIA officer?
Yes. Every public body must designate at least one person to act as the FOIA officer, and may have more than one FOIA officer. The FOIA officer for the Village of Antioch is Village Clerk Lori K. Romine.
What is the procedure for requesting public records?
Any request for public records in accordance with FOIA shall be submitted in writing to the FOIA Officer. Please be as specific as possible when describing the records you seek. The Freedom of Information Act is in place to allow you to inspect or receive copies of documents. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions or interpret data. If you wish to ask questions of staff, please click on our Contacts link. Requestors may use the FOIA Request Form to submit their requests and send them to:
Lori K. Romine, RMC/CMC
Village of Antioch
874 Main Street
Antioch, IL 60002
847-395-1000 x 304 (phone)
In order to promote transparency, certain documents have been made available online to provide access to public information. The following records are currently available on our website: