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The principle mandate of the Act provides that each public body, upon submission of a written request, shall make available to any person for inspection, or to provide copies of any requested records that are subject to disclosure under the Act. Not all records are subject to disclosure, and the Act provides a number of exemptions.
This Act is not intended to be used to violate individual privacy, nor for the purpose of furthering commercial enterprise (there are further rules covering commercial requests), or to disrupt the duly-undertaken work of any public body independent of the fulfillment of the rights of the people to access information (5 ILCS 140/1). The Act does not require the Village to create new records or to answer questions other than through the production of records.
For VILLAGE FOIA requests:* In person at the Village Clerk’s Office, Village Hall, 31 W. Quincy during business hours* Online from the Village Website - please click on the link below
For POLICE FOIA requests:* In person at the Westmont Police Department, 500 N. Cass Avenue* For more info regarding Police Department FOIA requests, please visit: https://westmont.illinois.gov/index.aspx?nid=503
Per FOIA rules, the Village and Police Department must accept and process all written requests that are submitted. Village FOIA Request Form
Non - Commercial Requests: Response to requests for public records must be fulfilled within five (5) business days after the day that request has been received. There are some exceptions to this rule depending on the size of the request.
Commercial Requests: A public body shall respond to a request for records to be used for commercial purpose within 21 working days after receipt.
For more information regarding general public records FOIA requests, please contact the Village of Westmont Clerk’s Office at 630-981-6220. For more information regarding police record FOIA requests, please contact the Westmont Police Department at 630-981-6300.