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Any person requesting access to information as permitted under “The Freedom of Information Act” (House Bill 234, P.A. 83-1013) should follow the steps below:

Step 1

Submit a request, being as specific as possible with regard to the documents or information you seek. Please click here for a sample request form. An index of public records maintained for inspection is available at each public building.

Step 2

Return the completed form to the appropriate contact person (click here to find the right contact) by mail or in person, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Step 3

Within five (5) business days of receipt of the request, the Village will indicate in writing its response to the request. The Village will respond in one of the four (4) following manners:

·         Inform you of when and where the information may be inspected or how a copy may be obtained.

·         Indicate that additional time to fulfill the request is needed, factors prompting the delay and when the response will be forthcoming.

·         Deny the request, stating reasons for the denial.

·         Failure by the Village to respond within ten (10) days is deemed a denial.

Step 4 

You have the right to appeal any decision to deny access to records. Appeals must be submitted in writing to: Village Manager, 1200 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

Step 5

If the Village Manager upholds the decision to deny access, or does not respond within five (5) days, you may file suit in circuit court for injunctive or declaratory relief.

Reproduction and Certification Fees Copies of records: For black and white, letter or legal sized copies, the first 50 pages are free, and any additional pages cost 15 cents a page.

For help on how to submit a FOIA request, contact the Clerk's Office at (847) 853-7511.

To submit a request online, select "Freedom of Information Requests" below and complete the necessary information.


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