You must indicate whether you have a “commercial purpose” in your request. “Commercial purpose” is defined in the Act as “the use of any part of a public record or records, or information derived from public records, fin any form for sale, resale, or solicitation or advertisement for sales or services.” However, there are exceptions for news media, non-profits, scientific and academic organizations for disseminate news, articles or opinions of public interest, or research or education. In the event a “commercial interest” is involved, additional questions can be asked of the requestor by the public body’s FOIA officer in order to determine the classification, then the public body has up to 21 days to respond and either deny the request based on exemptions or undue burden; or estimate the time and cost of the copying from prepayment; or provide the documents requested.
You must specify the records requested to be disclosed for inspection or to be copied. If you desire that any records be certified, you must specify which ones.
To reimburse us our actual costs for reproducing and certifying (if requested) the records, you will be charged the following fees:
There is a $1.00 charge for each certification of records.
There is no charge for the first fifty (50) pages of black and white text either letter or legal size;
There is a $.15 per page charge for copied records in excess of 50 pages;
The actual copying cost of color copies and other sized copies will be charged.
If the records are kept in electronic format, you may request a specific format and if feasible, they will be so provided, but if not, they will be provided either in the electronic format in which they are kept (and you would be required to pay the actual cost of the medium only, i.e. disc, flash drive, , etc.) or in paper as you select.
The office will respond to a written request within five (5) working days if possible. An extension of an additional five (5) working days may be necessary to properly respond.
Records may be inspected or copied. If inspected, an employee must be present throughout the inspection.
The place and times where the records will be available are as follows: Weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Vernon Area Public Library District, Administrative Offices 300 Olde Half Day Road Lincolnshire, IL 60069 Certain types of information maintained by us are exempt from inspection and copying; however the following types or categories of records are maintained under our control and may be requested: