Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The act allows for the inspection of records maintained by the Village of New Athens and other public bodies. The act also provides for exemptions of certain secure information. Recent amendments to the act (signed into law August 17, 2009 and effective January 1, 2010) have been incorporated into the Village’s rules and regulations implementing the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Freedom of Information Act
All requests to inspect, copy, or certify public records must be submitted to the Village in writing and in the appropriate form (mail, personal delivery, fax, e-mail, or other means available). The Village will respond to each written request to inspect, copy, or certify public records within five (5) business days after it is received, unless an extension of time is determined necessary. The first business day is the day after the Village receives a FOIA request. The Village will respond to a written request made for commercial purposes within 21 business days after it is received. Requests for information governed by specific statutes will be provided in accordance with such statutes.
As a convenience measure, the Village does have a standard form available for individuals to assist them with their information requests. The form is not required in order for a FOIA request to be submitted, however the Village does require that all information requests be submitted in writing.
Applicable fees for copies, certification, or mailing of public records must be paid prior to receiving the requested documents. There is no charge for copying less than fifty (50) pages of documents, in either legal or letter size. Copying charges are fifteen ($0.15) cents per side per page over fifty (50) pages, and $0.50 per side for color copies. Additional charges are imposed for large format copies, certain electronic media, certified copies or color copies, if available.
All fees must be paid prior to release of public records.
All notices and other communications relating to a request to inspect, copy, or certify public records, all requests for copies of the FOIA Rules, and all requests for any other information relating to the Village’s implementation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act must be directed to:
Village of New Athens
ATTN: Village Clerk
905 Spotsylvania Street
New Athens, IL 62264
Telephone: (618) 475 2144