FOIA & Open Meetings
Open Meetings Act
All meetings held by the Board of Education for the Belvidere School District must comply with the Illinois Open Meetings Act. The Illinois Attorney General has prepared a guide to that act, which can be found by clicking on the link below.
Please click here to view the Guide to the Illinois Open Meetings Act as prepared by the Illinois Attorney General.
Freedom Of Information Act
It is the public policy of this State that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business.
– Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/1
Pursuant to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of government, it is declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of this Act. Such access is necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest.
– Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/1
Requests made under the Freedom of Information Act regarding Belvidere Community Unit School District 100 should be directed to the following Freedom of Information Officer:
Belvidere School District 100
1201 Fifth Avenue
Belvidere, Illinois 61008
Frequently Asked Questions
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is designed to ensure that the public has access to information about their government and its decision-making process. As a public servant, we have a duty to ensure that Illinois residents can obtain information about their government.
In 2009, Attorney General Lisa Madigan worked with legislators and a diverse group of individuals and organizations to strengthen FOIA and hold government more accountable. Beginning on January 1, 2010, key changes to the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act took effect and in turn provide Illinois residents with a more open and accountable government.
What is FOIA?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. The premise behind FOIA is that the public has a right to know what the government is doing. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure (for example: records containing information concerning trade secrets or personal privacy).
Who is subject to FOIA?
Public bodies are subject to FOIA. The judiciary is not subject to FOIA, but court records and proceedings generally are open to the public.
Who can file a FOIA request?
Anyone. Any person, group, association, corporation, firm, partnership or organization has the right to file a FOIA request to any state or local public body, including any city, township or county office.
Responding to FOIA Requests
How many days does the public body have to respond to a FOIA request?
Five business days from the day that the public body receives the request. However, that time period may be extended for an additional 5 business days from the date of the original due date if:
The requested information is stored at a different location;
The request requires the collection of a substantial number of documents;
The request requires an extensive search;
The requested records have not been located and require additional effort to find;
The requested records need to be reviewed by staff who can determine whether they are exempt from FOIA;
The requested records cannot be produced without unduly burdening the public body or interfering with its operations; or
The request requires the public body to consult with another public body that has substantial interest in the subject matter of the request.
If additional time is needed, the public body must notify the requestor in writing within 5 business days after the receipt of the request of the statutory reasons for the extension and when the requested information will be produced.
What is a "business day" or "working day"?
A "business day" or "working day" is a regular day of the week (Monday through Friday) when public offices and most businesses are open. Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays are not business days and cannot be counted in the 5 business day time period.
Information on how to submit a FOIA request:
Use the FOIA Request Form
Include contact information on your request.
Request must be made in writing but can be sent electronically to either the FOIA officer's email address or via US mail or hand delivered to the Belvidere School District Central Office at 1201 5th Avenue, Belvidere, Illinois, 61008.
For more information:
Illinois Attorney General's Office
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