ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED

September 9, 2008

By now, many school districts across the Chicago metropolitan area have received a Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request for records from the Illinois Policy Institute. The request seeks, among other things, records pertaining to private providers of various services to the school district. Much of the information sought is exempt from disclosure under the FOIA since it involves the creation of a new record. Nonetheless, the FOIA requires the school district, as a public body, to respond to a FOIA request within seven (7) working days of receipt of the request. Your response must indicate what information is exempt, what information will be furnished, and how that information will be made available. Additionally, if the District denies the request, the response must indicate the basis for that denial.

We have prepared a draft response to the request which can be personalized to address the records information your district has which are relevant to the Illinois Policy Institute request. If you desire assistance in responding to the Illinois Policy Institute FOIA request, please contact the attorney with whom you normally work.