|Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
|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.
Requests for public records from the Somonauk Police Department shall be submitted to:
Somonauk Police Department
Attn: FOIA Officer
140 W. DeKalb Street
P.O. Box 218
Somonauk, IL 60552
Phone: (815) 498-2351
Fax: (815) 498-3054
It is preferred that FOIA requests are submitted on the FORM provided by the department. Using this form assists us in accurately documenting when the request was received and when we fulfilled it, if we denied your request, whether in full or in part, and why if we did so.
It is preferred that FOIA requests are submitted in person at the police department, however they may also be faxed, mailed or emailed.