The Oswegoland Park District will disclose public records as required by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The District can deny a request for records that are specifically exempt from coverage under the Act, including information that would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy or a compromise of security.
Submitting a FOIA Request
To review a record, a person must submit a request in writing via personal delivery, mail, e-mail or telefax. The requestor must clearly state if the request is going to be used for commercial purposes (for the sale, resale or solicitation, or advertisement for sales or services).
Please submit your request in writing to the Oswegoland Park District in one of the following ways:
All requests must be submitted in writing to the attention of the Freedom of Information Act Officer. Applicants may use the Oswegoland Park District FOIA Request form or may submit their own written request for records. Applicants choosing not to use the provided form must provide their full name, current address, phone number, a detailed account of the documents they are requesting and whether or not they are requesting the documents for commercial use.
The Oswegoland Park District appointed FOIA Officers are Cindy Benson, Executive Assistant and Rich Zielke, Executive Director. Their responsibilities include receiving information requests from the public and sending responses in compliance with FOIA.
Response Time for FOIA Requests
Within five business days after the date the District receives the request, one of the designated FOIA officers reviews and responds to the request. In certain circumstances, the Act permits the FOIA Officer to extend the response time for no more than five additional business days or such additional time as the requester and District agree. Requests made for commercial purposes can be extended for no more than twenty-one additional business days. The time period can only be extended for the following reasons: if the requested information is stored at a different location, requires the collection of a substantial number of documents or an extensive search, has not been located, needs to be reviewed further by staff to determine whether they are exempt from FOIA, cannot be produced without unduly burdening the public body or interfering with its operations or requires the public body to consult with another public body that has substantial interest in the requested subject matter or both parties agree in writing to an extension specifying when the request will be filled.
Fees are not charged for the first fifty pages of standard black and white copies. After the first 50 pages, the fee for black and white copies is $.15 per page unless the actual reproduction costs (for color or oversized copies, for example) are higher. A fee equal to the actual cost may be charged for such copies.
The Park District may provide records in an electronic format and must do so if available in such format if requested in that format.
For more information regarding the FOIA process, call the Oswegoland Park District at 630.554.1010. You may also visit attorneygeneral.gov.