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Freedom of Information Act

SEASPAR is a joint agreement agency made up of units of local government. In accordance with the State of Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140), requests for public records must be submitted in writing and directed to the Freedom of Information Officer at the following address:

Matthew Corso, FOIA Officer
SEASPAR
4500 Belmont Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Attn: FOIA Request

Requests may also be submitted using our online FOIA request form. For more information, call 630.960.7600.

What is FOIA?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is an Illinois state statute that provides for access to public records from public bodies in an open and efficient manner. The full statute (5 ILCS 140) may be viewed on the Illinois General Assembly website. The statute ensures that records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon written request.

The following public records are available on the SEASPAR website for download at any time (no FOIA request required):

The following are types of public records maintained by SEASPAR and available for inspection at the SEASPAR office located at 4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515:

  • Board policies and administrative procedures
  • Legal notices
  • Employee names, titles, and dates of employment
  • Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund employee compensation disclosure
  • Records of agency ownership of real or personal property
  • Contracts
  • Annual budgets
  • Tax levy documentation
  • Audit reports
  • Bills or invoices issued and received by agency
  • Receipts for revenue

How can I submit a FOIA request?

To simplify the process of requesting information, SEASPAR offers an online FOIA request form. Alternatively, you may download a FOIA request form that can be completed and submitted by mail to the address below:

Matthew Corso, FOIA Officer
SEASPAR
4500 Belmont Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Attn: FOIA Request

You are not required to use either of these forms, but any requests not utilizing these forms should state that the information is being sought under the Freedom of Information Act. Provide a brief description of the public records requested, being as specific as possible.

What happens after I submit a request?

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

If the requested records are 50 pages or less in length, the pages will be copied (regular size, black and white) and the requester will be called regarding when the documents are ready to be picked up. (If the documents are mailed, the postage will need to be reimbursed before the documents are mailed to requester.) If the records exceed 50 pages, the requester will be informed of the duplication cost before they are copied.

What are the costs for duplication?

Paper copy from paper or electronic source (50 pages or less)
(Regular size, black and white)
(Color copies and odd-sized documents will be charged accordingly.)
No Charge
Paper copy from paper or electronic source (51 pages or more)
(Color copies and odd-sized documents will be charged accordingly.)
$0.15 per page
Copy of audio or video material Cost of media