The Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq., is a State statute providing for public access to government records and information. The Act allows for the inspection of records maintained by the Village of Glencoe 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 (the "FOIA Rules"). The FOIA Rules provide comprehensive procedures and instructions for obtaining Village public records.
Freedom of Information Act Requests
All requests to inspect, copy, or certify public records must be submitted to the Village in writing and in the appropriate form. The Village will respond to each written request to inspect, copy, or certify public records within five business days after it is received, unless an extension of time is determined necessary. 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. Applicable fees for copies, certification, or mailing of public records must be paid prior to receiving the requested documents.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 Jordan Lester. Please direct all FOIA requests for Village Public Safety information to Mara Trusky.
Notice of Expungement
Section 5-915 of the Illinois Juvenile Court Act, 705 ILCS 405/1-1 et seq. (the “Act”), provides that on or before January 1 of each year, law enforcement agencies in the State of Illinois must review their records and automatically expunge law enforcement records involving minors under the age of 18 that meet certain criteria set forth in the Act.
Section 1-3 of the Act defines “Expunge” as follows: "Expunge" means to physically destroy the records and to obliterate the minor's name and juvenile court records from any official index, public record or electronic database. In accordance with Section 5-923 of the Act, public notice is hereby given that that Village of Glencoe Department of Public Safety has automatically expunged all qualifying juvenile records created between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2018. Additional information may be found regarding automatic expungement by reviewing the Act or consulting an attorney.