FOIA Request

What is FOIA?

FOIA is the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5ILCS 140/1 et. seq.), records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon written request.

Who is the FOIA officer?

The district's designated Freedom of Information Act Officer is Dr. Scott Dearman, Superintendent of Deer Creek-Mackinaw School District #701. All requests should be put into attention to Dr. Dearman.

How can I submit a FOIA request?

The district's Freedom of Information Act request form can be found here. Written requests not using the provided form should state that information is being sought under the Freedom of Information Act. Provide a brief description of the public records requested, being as specific as possible. While responses can be provided via e-mail, please provide a mailing address.

What happens after I submit a request?

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act requires agencies to respond within five business days of receipt of a request. A five-day extension is allowed with written notification to the requester.

If the requested records are available in electronic form, they can be mailed to the requester free of charge. Paper copies can be made at a cost of $.15 per page. If the records exceed 50 pages, the requester will be informed of the duplication cost.

What are the costs for duplication?

Fee Schedule for duplication of public records

Electronic copy from electronic source Free Paper copy from paper or electronic source $.15 per page Copy of audio or video material cost of media

Checks are made payable to : "Deer Creek-Mackinaw School District #701"

Is there a process to appeal the FOIA office's decisions?

In the event that part or all of a request is denied, requesters may appeal the denial to the President of the Board of Education. A written notice of appeal should be sent to:

Dr. Gary Cates, President of the Board of Education
Deer Creek-Mackinaw School District #701
401 E. Fiftth St.
Mackinaw, IL 61755
ATTN: FOIA Request Appeal

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