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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

OUR PUBLIC BODY
The Westchester Public Library is a municipal library established under the Illinois Local Library Act, 75 ILCS 5. Our mission is to promote lifelong learning and enrichment through access to information, services and a knowledgeable staff in an open environment. We bring people together to stimulate the free exchange of ideas and a sense of community. We are located at 10700 Canterbury Street, Westchester, IL and employ 9 full-time and 20-part time persons.

An organizational chart is attached.

BUDGET
The total amount of our operating budget for FY 2017 is:

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The following organization exercises control over our policies and procedures: The Westchester Public Library Board of Library Trustees, which generally meets the fourth Monday of every month, at 7:00 p.m. in the library building. (The Committee of the Whole generally meets the second Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m.) Its members are: John Lamberti, President; Gerald Chenski; Demitrus Evans, Treasurer; Jenice Hampton, Secretary; Elizabeth Hunter, Vice President; Janette Maldonado, and Fred Poppe. We are required to report and be answerable for our operations to the Illinois State Library, Springfield, Illinois. Its members are: State Librarian, Jesse White (Secretary of State); Director of State Library, Anne Craig; and various other staff.

PUBLIC RECORDS
Public records may be requested in the following manner:

Fidencio Marbella, serves as the Freedom of Information Officer (FOIA) for the Westchester Public Library. The Freedom of Information Act Officer is located at the Westchester Public Library at 10700 Canterbury Street, Westchester, IL 60154.

All requests must be submitted in writing to the attention of the Freedom of Information Act Officer. Applicants may use FOIA Request Forms or may submit their own written request for records. Applicants choosing not to use the provided form must provide their full name, current address, phone number, a detailed account of the documents they are requesting and whether or not they are requesting the documents for commercial use. Written requests may be submitted in person at the Westchester Public Library, mailed to the attention of the Freedom of Information Act Officer, or emailed to wcs@westchesterpl.org.

Requests for public records are fulfilled under the guidelines of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140). Requestors will be contacted within the time allotted by law with a response to their request.

 

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