Freedom of Information Act Requests

  • What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. The premise behind FOIA is to ensure transparency of government. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure. As a public institution, Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 is subject to the Illinois FOIA.


    How to file a FOIA request:

    1.  Complete a FOIA request form.

    2.  For all records, please furnish the following information: 
              - Requester's Name
              - Name of Organization (if applicable)
              - Email or mailing address or fax number to where the response should be sent.  
              - Telephone number(s). 
              - Specific information regarding the documents you are seeking.
              - Completed request form.

    3.     File your FOIA request in any of the following ways:
             - Mail or deliver to: Crystal Lake Elementary District 47, 300 Commerce Dr., Crystal Lake, IL  60014
             - Scan and email to
    4.     Questions about FOIAs can be directed to District 47 FOIA officer Clare Bourne at 815.788.5000 or