The total amount of the municipality’s operating budget is $11,964,548 for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2016. The Village Hall and the Police Department are located at 6533 W. Pershing Road, the Public Works building is located at 6419 43rd Street, and the Fire Department is located at, 6433 43rd Street. There are 38 full-time employees and 55 part-time employees. Identification and membership of municipal boards and commissions would be the following: Emergency Telephone Systems Board, Executive Safety Committee, Board of Fire & Police Commissioners, Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission, Police Pension Board, Tree Board, and Zoning Board & Appeals Commission.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act is to ensure that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government, and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials.
The principal mandate of the Act provides that each public body shall make available to any person for inspection, or upon submission of a written request, to provide copies of any requested records that are subject to disclosure under the Act. Not all records are sujects to disclosure, and the Act provides a number of exemptions.
This Act is not intended to be used to violate individual privacy, nor for the purpose of furthering a commercial enterprise, or to disrupt the duly-undertaken work of any public body independent of the fulfillment of any of the rights of the people to access to information (5 ILCS 140/1).
Records requests must be made in writing and be directed to the public body. The written request may be submitted in person, by mail, by telefax, or any other delivery method available to the public body. A Freedom of Information form is available for you convenience upon request at the front office or at villageofstickney.com under the Government tab.
Village Hall phone: 708-749-4400 Fax: 708-749-4451
Police Department non-emergency phone: 708-788-2131
Fire Department non-emergency phone: 708-795-6333
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION OFFICERS
The following are the information officers for the Village:
Audrey McAdams, Clerk Kurt Kasnicka, Treasurer and Deputy Clerk
Richard Jaczak, Deputy Police Chief Andrea Acosta, Fire Department
FEES FOR RECORDS
The Freedom of Information statute dictates a specific schedule for copying fees. For black and white, letter or legal sized copies, the first 50 pages are free, and the charges for additional pages may not exceed 15 cents per page. For color or abnormal sized copies, the municipality may charge the actual cost of copying. Charges for electronic copies are limited to the actual cost of the recording medium (tape, CD, disk, etc.). The municipality may not charge more than $1 for certifying a record. Under P.A. 97-0579 (5 ILCS 140/6) Sec. 6. (f) The law allows public bodies to charge an additional amount when responding to a Commercial FOIA Request. Specifically, a public body now may charge up to $10 for each hour spent by personnel in searching for and retrieving a requested record, except that no fees shall be charged for the first eight hours. If a public body imposes any of these new fees for a commercial request, it must provide the requester with an accounting of all fees, costs, and personnel hours in connection with the FOIA request for public records.
RESPONSE TIME ON FOIA REQUESTS
All written requests shall be responded to within five (5) working days (5 ILCS/140/3) following the date the request is received, except in the instance when the request is for commercial purposes. (Within 21 working days of receiving a request for commercial purposes the Village of Stickney willL1) provide a reasonable estimate of time needed to comply with the request along with an estimate of the fees which the requestor will be charged; (2) deny the request pursuant to a statutory exemption; (3) notify the requestor if the request is unduly burdensome and allow the requestor to revise the request to manageable proportions; or (4) provide the requested records.) The five (5) day count begins the day after the receipt of the FOIA request by the FOIA Officer. The requester may be notified of a five (5) day extension (working days) if the files are voluminous, at different locations, or if other reasons make it impossible to assemble and mail the request out within the normal fire (5) day period.
DENIAL OF FOIA REQUEST
Information provided or denied under FOIA, must conform to the legal requirements under the ACT. Certain documents may be exempt from disclosure pursuant to specific section in the Freedom of Information Act. When a public body denies a request for public records, that body must, within fire (5) working days, or within any extended compliance period provided for in the Act, notify the person who made the request, by letter, of the decision to deny the request. The letter must explain the reasons for the denial.
APPEAL OF DENIAL OF FOIA REQUEST
Any person denied access to inspect or copy any public record for any reason may appeal the denial by sending a written notice of appeal to the Public Access Counselor at the following address:
Sara Pratt, Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62706
P.A. 97-0579 under Section 2(g) of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act 5 ILCS 140-2(g) a public body may consider a person to be a “recurrent requester” and may take additional time to respond to a new FOIA request if the person has submitted to the same public body:
- A minimum of 50 requests for records in the 12 months immediately preceding a FOIA request;
- A minimum of 15 requests for records within the 30-day period immediately preceding a FOIA request; or
- A minimum of 7 requests for records within the 7-day period immediately preceding a FOIA request.
Within 5 business days after receiving a FOIA request from a recurrent requester, a public body shall notify the requester:
- That the public body is treating the request as a request from a recurrent requester;
- Why the public body is treating the request as a request from a recurrent requester;
- That the public body will send an initial response within 21 business days after receipt; and
- That the public body may assert the responses listed below.
A public body shall respond to a FOIA request from a recurrent requester within 21 business days after receipt by:
- Providing an estimate of the time required by the public body to provide the records requested and an estimate of the fees to be charged, which the public body may require the person to pay in full before copying the requested documents;
- Denying the request pursuant to one or more of the exemptions set out in this Act;
- Notifying the requester that the request is unduly burdensome and extending an opportunity to the requester to attempt to reduce the request to manageable proportions; or
- Providing the records requested.
Unless the records are exempt from disclosure, a public body shall comply with a FOIA request within a reasonable period considering the size and complexity of the request.
VOLUMINOUS REQUEST RULE
A “voluminous request” is: A request that: (i) includes more than 5 individual requests for more than 5 different categories of records or a combination of individual requests that total requests for more than 5 different categories of records in a period of 20 business days; or (ii) requires the compilation of more than 500 letter or legal-sized pages of public records unless a single requested record exceeds 500 pages 321
We have an entire list of records available. Each department has the ability to satisfy requests within the allocated amount of time.
You also have the right to seek judicial review for your denial by filing a law suit in the State circuit court (5 ILCS 140/11).
Illinois FOIA FAQs can be found athttp://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/government/FAQ_FOIA_Public.pdf
FOIA – Request For Review By Public Access Counselor (PAC) Form can be found athttp://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/government/Request%20for%20Review%20Form%20–%20FOIA%20v1.pdf
For additional information regarding the Freedom of Information Act, please visit the Illinois Attorney General’s websitehttp://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/government/index.html