What is FOIA?

FOIA is the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 et. seq.), records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon written request.

The following are links to many documents available on the District website which you may download at this time (no FOIA request required):

How can I submit a FOIA request?

The district's Freedom of Information Act request form can be found below. Written requests not using the provided form should state that information is being sought under the Freedom of Information Act. In addition, please provide a brief description of the public records requested, being as specific as possible. While responses can be provided via e-mail, please provide a mailing address. All FOIA requests should be submitted to District FOIA Officer Adam Bussard at 1300 W. Sycamore St., Chillicothe, IL 61523 or via e-mail at: abussard@ivcschools.com

FOIA Request Form

What happens after I submit a request?

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act requires agencies to respond within five business days of receipt of a request. A five-day extension is allowed with written notification to the requester.

If the requested records are available in electronic form, they can be mailed to the requestor free of charge. Paper copies can be made at a cost of $.05 per page. If the records exceed 50 pages, the requester will be informed of the duplication cost.

What are the costs for duplication?

Fee schedule for duplication of public records

Electronic copy from electronic source = Free

Paper copy from paper or electronic source = $.05 per page

Copy of audio or video material = cost of media

Checks are to be made payable to: "IVC District #321"

Is there a process to appeal the FOIA officer's decisions?

In the event that part or all of a request is denied, requesters may appeal the denial to the President of the Board of Education. A written notice of appeal should be sent to:

Mr. Michael Birch, President of the Board of Education

IVC District #321

1300 W. Sycamore

Chillicothe, IL 61523

ATTN: FOIA Request Appeal