Freedom of Information Act

Requests for Public Records
Illinois State Statute 5 ILCS 140/1-140/11.5, known as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), provides for access to public records. All requests for records can be made in person, in writing, fax, and/or email to the District's FOIA Officers. The Byron Park District will disclose public records as required by the Freedom of Information Act. The Park District can deny a request for records that are specifically exempt from coverage under the Act, including information that would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy or a compromise of security.

Requestors can use the Byron Park District FOIA Request form, however any such separate form is not required.

When making a request, please be specific and indicate:

  • Name, address and daytime phone number or email of the person making the request . Description of the record(s) or information being sought
  • If the information being sought is for commercial purposes (for the sale, resale or solicitation, or advertisement for sales or services)
  • How the requester would like the information to be provided to them (email, regular mail, or held for pickup up at the administrative office)

Please allow up to five (5) business days for a response.

The Park District provides access and/or copies, regarding commercial requests, within twenty-one (21) business days. It is a violation of the Freedom of Information Act for a person to knowingly obtain a public record for a commercial purpose without disclosing that it is for a commercial purpose.

FOIA Officer
Paul Zepezauer
Executive Director
PO Box 423
Byron, IL 61010
Phone: 815.234.6277
Fax: 815.234.2290
pzepezauer@byronparks.org

Fee Schedule
Fees are not charged for the first fifty (50) pages of standard black and white copies. After the first fifty (50) pages, the fee for black and white copies is $0.15 per page unless the actual reproduction costs (for color or oversized copies, for example) are higher. A fee equal to the actual cost may be charged for such copies.

The Park District may provide records in an electronic format.

Additional Information
Byron Park District Municipal Directory and Request for Public Information Form
FOIA FAQ - Developed by the Illinois Attorney General