Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - Inspection of Public Records Procedures.
The Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq., is the Illinois Statute governing the inspection of public records. This Act provides for public inspection of records in the possession of the Village of Tonica. Exemptions are also provided to insure the confidentiality of certain records.

FOIA Officer for the Village of Tonica:
Mrs. Jessica Bonnell
PO Box 268
Tonica, IL  61370

To Obtain Information:
Requests for information should be in writing using this
 TEMPLATE  The request can be mailed, faxed, e-mailed or delivered in person.  Unless the requested information falls within an exemption or the volume of information requested is unduly burdensome, the information will be provided for inspection or copying. Certified copies are available on request (for a fee). 

The Village will respond to requests for information within 1-5 business days (a business day is Monday through Friday and does not include Saturday, Sunday or legal holidays) for non-commercial requests and within 21 business days for commercial requests (Commercial requests are requests where the information requested will be used, in any form, for sale, resale, or solicitation or advertisement for sales or services). The response will be one of the following:

  1. Grant the request
  2. Deny the request
  3. Notice that the request is unduly burdensome
  4. Request additional time to respond and provide reasons for delay and date when response will be provided
  5. Grant in part and deny in part
  6. Notice of intent to deny as personal information or a preliminary draft
  7. Notice that the Village does not maintain the information requested

When requests are denied in whole or in part, the requester may appeal the decision. Appeals should be made within 60 days in writing, signed by the requester, should include a copy of the FOIA request and any responses from the Village and must be addressed as follows:By US Mail: 
Public Access Bureau Office of the Attorney General
500 S. 2nd Street 
Springfield IL 62706

By e-mail: 

Categories of Records that may be obtained without a FOIA Request:

Village Board Meeting Agendas
Village Board Meeting Minutes
Municipal Code
Ordinances adopted by the Board of Trustees
Resolutions adopted by the Board of Trustees
Annual Financial Report

All requests obtained through the Freedom of Information Act shall be subject to the following fees:
8-1/2" x 11" and 11" x 14" and 11" x 17" copies up to 50 pages: No Fee
8-1/2" x 11" and 11" x 14" and 11" x 17" copies over 50 pages: $5.00
Police Report: $5.00

All requests requiring outside duplication services will be charged at actual cost for the duplication plus an administrative fee.