Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Inspection of Public Records Procedures 

The Freedom of Information Act, 096-0542, is the Illinois Statute governing the inspection of public records. This Act provides for public inspection of records in the possession of the Village of Beecher. Exemptions also are provided to insure the confidentiality of certain records.

It is the policy of the Village of Beecher to fill all requests for public documents in accordance with state law.  Most requests will be processed within 5 days.  However, if the requests require coordination with outside contractors, research or are unusually large, the Village will request additional time to respond within the time period allowed by law.  Requests of a commercial nature are subject to different regulations which extend the response time permitted by law

Any written request faxed or emailed to the Village after business hours (normal business hours are considered to be 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, holidays excepted) will be considered received on the next business day.

Requests for access to public information must be made in writing.  The Village does not accept verbal FOIA requests. For your convenience, we have a FOIA Request form that may be used.  It is available below, on our Document Center or at the Village Hall.  Requests may be submitted in person, by mail, fax or electronically.

Original documents may be viewed at no cost.  There is no charge for copying less than 50 pages of documents, in either legal or letter size.  Copying charges are 15 cents per page thereafter.  Additional charges may be imposed for large format copies, certain electronic media, or color copies, if available.

All requests for records should be submitted to the appropriate FOIA Officer listed below.

Village Hall FOIA Officer: 
Janett McCawley
Village Clerk
[email protected]
Fax: 708-946-3764

Police Department FOIA Officer:
Linda Krug
Records Department
[email protected]
Fax: 708-946-3039