Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq., is an Illinois statute that grants to all persons the right to copy and inspect public records in the state. The law applies to executive and legislative bodies of state government, units of local government, and other entities defined as "public bodies".  All records related to governmental business are presumed to be open for inspection by the public, except for information specifically exempted from disclosure by law. The statute is modeled after the federal Freedom of Information Act and serves a similar purpose as freedom of information legislation in the other U.S. states.

FOIA REQUESTS

Public documents may be requested by downloading and completing a FOIA Requst Form and submitting via email to the respective area of request. 

Non-Commercial and Commercial FOIA Requests
Laura Ortega, FOIA Officer
Village of Pingree Grove
555 Reinking Road
Pingree Grove, IL 60140
Phone: 847-464-5533 x1507
Email FOIA requests
Police-Related FOIA Requests
Pingree Grove Police Department
One Police Plaza
Pingree Grove, IL 60140
Phone: 847-464-4600
Email Police-related FOIA requests directly to the Police Department


Response Time:

  • Non-Commercial and Police FOIA Requests: response will be provided within five (5) business days, beginning the next business day following date of request (legal state or federal holidays are not counted).
  • Commercial FOIA Requests: A response will be provided within 21 business days.

Fees for Paper Copies

  • No charge for the first 50 pages of black/white, letter or legal sized copies
  • Fifteen cents ($0.15) per page 51+ 
  • Size other than letter or legal, or request for color copies are charged actual cost of reproducing the records.
  • An estimate will be given, and confirmation required prior to reproducing.

Fees for Electronic Copies Not Maintained in PDF

  • If request is for electronic records and those records are not normally maintained in a portable document format (PDF), the Village may charge up to $20 for up to 2mb data; $40 for over 2mb not more than 4mb; $100 for 4mb+ of data.
  • An estimate will be given, and confirmation required prior to reproducing.

Fees for Police Records

  • Charge for copy of traffic crash reports is $5.00. (Requests for photographs or reconstructed crashes have separate fee schedule.)