DVD, CD and oversized document duplications. For more information, please call Jacque McLaughlin at 815-467-6767 or email to
Executive Fire Support Manager
24929 S. Center Street
Channahon IL 60410
Information About FOIA
This Act guarantees access to thousands of documents and records generated by the state and local governmental bodies.
Specifically, it provides the public with a mechanism to observe government in action and to monitor the actions that government takes.
Any individual, corporation, partnership, firm or organization, acting individually or as a group has the right to inspect public records.
Full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them. Basically, all records having been prepared, or having been used,
received, possessed or under the control of the Fire District must be made available unless the Act provides a specific exemption from disclosure. If the records are in an electronic format,
upon request of the requestor the Fire District will supply the records either, (1) in a different electronic format, if feasible, or (2) in paper format at the option of the requestor.
While the Freedom of Information Act provides for the disclosure of public information, it does recognize that in order to enable public bodies to perform certain governmental functions properly and in
order to protect personal privacy, some records and information should remain confidential. A complete listing of these exempted records and information is specified under Section 7 of the
Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
The following is the Channahon Fire Protection District’s procedure for obtaining information through the Freedom of Information Act. By following these steps, requests for information can be expedited in an effective and efficient manner.
All requests for information must be made in completed form. Forms are available for download from here, or from the Executive Fire Support Manager’s Office, located at 24929 S. Center Street – Channahon IL.
Any type of request for information should be accompanied by the request form. Forms should be completed even when there are concerns that the information may be exempt under the Act.
It is important to be as direct/specific as possible when making a request. A request may be made in a letter format if it contains all the necessary information required on the forms.
Hard copy requests may be emailed or mailed to the Freedom of Information Act Officer to the following address/email:Channahon Fire Protection District
Freedom of Information Officer
24929 S. Center Street
The Freedom of Information Officer shall determine whether the information is exempt or nonexempt under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
The Fire District shall respond to a written request within five (5) working days from the receipt of the request. It is possible that the Fire District will
request an additional five (5) working days to fulfill the request. However, a written response informing the requestor of an extension will be made by the fifth (5th) working day.
The Fire District shall respond to the request in the following manner:
- Approve the request
- Approve in part and deny in part / “Partial Denial”
- Deny the request
- Give notice of an extension
- Provide the requestor with an opportunity to appeal a response
A requestor must inform the Fire District if a FOIA request is going to be used for a commercial purpose. It is a violation of the Act to attempt to procure a public record without disclosing that the
use is for a commercial purpose. For requests for commercial purposes the Fire District has twenty-one (21) days to respond with an estimate when the request will be completed and the fees
associated with it. However, these records must be provided within a reasonable time. The Fire District may require the requestor to pay in full before copying any documents.
Access and disseminate information concerning news and current or passing events
Write articles of opinion or features of interest to the public.
Use for the purpose of academic, scientific or public research/education.
Upon approval of a request for public records, the Fire District may either provide the materials immediately or up to five days after a request, give notice that the materials shall be made available upon
payment of reproduction costs, or give notice of the time and place for inspection of records. Generally, public records will be made available for inspection during regular Fire District business hours.
When inspecting records, a Fire District employee may be present throughout the inspection.
New! Requestors that choose to have their information emailed will not incur any fees for photocopying, unless the information is contained in an oversized document, DVD or CD. These formats cannot be emailed.
Per Fire District Code, Article 1.05 Freedom of Information, Section 4 – Fees
Report (including ambulance calls) . . . $5
Photocopy . . . 0.15¢ (First 50 copies are free)
A fee equal to the actual cost may be charged for color copies.
Oversized documents . . . fee determined by size*
Categorical requests creating an undue burden upon the Fire District shall be denied only after extending to the requestor an opportunity to reduce the request to a manageable proportion.
A denial of a request for public records shall be made in writing. It shall state a detailed reason for the denial in accordance with either Section 3(f) or Section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act,
and the names and titles of the individual responsible for the decision. It shall also give notice of the requestor’s right to appeal the denial, in writing, to the Public Access Counselor (PAC),
with the address and telephone number of PAC, and the right to judicial review under Section 11 of the Act.
and any responses from the Fire District and must be addressed as follows:
By US Mail:
Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62706