Can a denied FOIA request be appealed?
Yes. Under FOIA rules, citizens may appeal a FOIA request denial. The appeal of this request must be made in writing directly to the Public Access Counselor at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, 500 S. Second Street, Springfield, Illinois 62705. The phone number for this office is (217) 558-0486. The Public Access Counselor’s decision is reviewable under the Illinois Administrative Review Law.

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.

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1. What is a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request?
2. Has there been an update regarding laws pertaining to FOIA requests?
3. How do I make a FOIA request?
4. What’s the difference between a FOIA request for a general public record and a FOIA request for the Westmont Police Department?
5. Can a FOIA request be denied?
6. What is the charge for a FOIA request?
7. How long does the Village of Westmont have to respond to a FOIA request?

8. Can a denied FOIA request be appealed?