FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)

  • The Freedom of Information Act is the principle Illinois law governing the inspection of public records.

    Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

    In compliance with State Law (5 ILCS 140/4), each school district is required to post specific information regarding the school district as part of FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requirements. Such information is contained in the district's FOIA Poster, which is displayed at the Educational Service Center, each school, and other satellite facilities. A block diagram (organizational chart) of the functional subdivisions of the District can be found here. If the information you are seeking is not found in this or other documents posted on this website, you may request copies of existing documents using the Request for Examination and/or Copies of Public Records Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act form (This form is provided for your convenience—its use is not required, however, all requests must be made in writing).

    For your convenience, please visit our Citizens Information Center page for a list of consolidated key information located in one place. Visit the Bids/Requests for Proposals page for a list of BIDs/RFPs and a summary of the Board of Education's purchase results.

    The Freedom of Information Act is the principle Illinois law governing the inspection of public records. Originally enacted in 1984, it is based on the principle that the public should be able to access public records and information about the workings of their government. The principle mandate of the Act states that "each public body shall make available to any person for inspection and copying all public records."

    The Freedom of Information Act, however, does recognize that in order to enable public bodies to perform certain governmental functions properly, and in order to protect personal privacy, some records and information may need to be kept confidential. Examples of documents that are not considered open to the public include individual student records, materials that could compromise security if released, documents related to ongoing labor negotiations, some records related to litigation or other legal procedures, and others.

    Public Records

    Public records are defined in FOIA as "all records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, electronic communications, recorded information and all other documentary materials pertaining to the transaction of public business, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared by or for, or having been or being used by, received by, in the possession of, or under the control of any public body." Information may be available in electronic as well as paper format. All requests shall be made in writing and submitted to the FOIA Officer by mail, personal delivery, fax, or e-mail.

    Procedures for Requesting Records

    How do I submit a FOIA request?

    Requests for information must be made in writing. The District has provided a form for your convenience, Request for Examination and/or Copies of Public Records Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (This form is provided for your convenience—its use is not required). The form is also available at the District 15 Joseph M. Kiszka Educational Service Center, 580 N. 1st Bank Dr., Palatine.

    The written request should include the requestor's name, address, the date, and a daytime phone number so that the district can contact the requestor if they have any questions. Please provide as much information as possible on the subject matter in order to help expedite the search process.

    When completed, the request should be submitted to the district's FOIA Officer:

    Min Goodwin, FOIA Officer
    Community Consolidated School District 15
    580 N. 1st Bank Drive
    Palatine IL 60067-8110

    Requests may also be emailed to: FOIA@ccsd15.net.

    Questions concerning requests may be directed to Min Goodwin, FOIA Officer, at goodwinm@ccsd15.net, 847-963-3209; or Julie O'Hara, Board of Education Recording Secretary, at oharaj@ccsd15.net.