FAQS

What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? 

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all public bodies make public records available to the public, subject to certain exemptions.

How can I contact the Village's FOIA Officer?

The Village of Morton Grove FOIA Officer is:
Teresa Hoffman Liston – Corporation Counsel
6101 Capulina Avenue
foia@mortongroveil.org 
847-470-5520


How do I request records?

Click here to initiate a request for records through the online portal. 
Requests for records may also be mailed to the FOIA Officer, submitted in person at the Morton Grove Village Hall, 6101 Capulina Ave during normal business hours, emailed to the FOIA officer at foia@mortongroveil.org or faxed to 847-965-4162.

When will I receive a response to my FOIA request? 

In most cases, the Village will respond to requests within five business days or twenty-one days for commercial requests of receipt by the FOIA Officer of the request in one of the following ways:
• Approve the request
• Approve in part and deny in part
• Deny the request
• Give notice of extension
• Provide the requestor with an opportunity to appeal a response

What rules apply to commercial requests?

A requestor must inform the Village if a FOIA request is going to be used for a commercial purpose, i.e. the requestor is receiving compensation for obtaining these records. It is a violation of the Act to attempt to procure a public record without disclosing that the use is for a commercial purpose. For requests for commercial purposes, the Village has up to twenty-one (21) days to respond with an estimate when the request will be completed and the fees associated with it. The Village may require the requestor to pay in full before copying any documents.

Requests from the news media or non-profit scientific or academic organizations are not classified as a request for a commercial purpose if the purpose of the information is to:
• Access and disseminate information concerning news and current or passing events
• Write articles of opinion or features of interest to the public.
• Use for the purpose of academic, scientific or public research/education.

How do I appeal a denial of my FOIA request?

Appeals for denials may be submitted to the Public Access Counselor at:
The Public Access Bureau
Office of the Attorney General
Public Access and Opinions Bureau
500 South 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62706
E-mail: foiaofficer@atg.state.il.us

What fees may be charged for my FOIA request? 

The following services charges apply as follows. In most cases, there is no charge for electronic records. A fee of up to $200 may be charged for voluminous requests (requests exceeding 500 pages). 

The first fifty (50) paper copies of letter or legal size documents in black/white are free.
• After the first 50 pages, the charge is: $0.15 per page
• Color copies: $0.40 per letter/legal page
• Certification fees: $1
• Audio tape: $20 each Video tape: $40 each
• Microfilm: $1.00 per page
• Oversized documents (not letter or legal): Village actual cost

Public Records – On Demand The following is a list of documents that do not require the submission of a FOIA request and will be granted to the requestor free of charge. Most of these records can be found on the Village website
• Village Board Meeting Agendas
• Village Board Meeting Minutes
• Village Commission Agendas
• Village Commission Minutes
• Ordinances
• Resolutions
• Municipal Code Book
• Public Notices/Bid Notices
• Village Annual Budget Documents
• Village Newsletter

 

Available Public Records