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Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that provides the public the right to request access to public records from federal agencies. The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that provides the public the right to request access to public records from state and local agencies, including school districts. FOIA is a critical tool to promote transparency, accountability, and trust in public entities. 

Under FOIA, governmental bodies are required to provide existing public records. If your inquiry is a question and not a request for a specific record/document, please contact the Huntley 158 Communications Office at (847) 659-6105. You do not need to file a FOIA unless you want to access a specific record/document.

** If your request is for student records, contact your child’s building principal.
Please do not use the FOIA request form. **


How to file a FOIA request

FOIA requests and responsive documents are submitted to the Board of Education prior to each regular board meeting. While not required by law, Huntley 158 will also post most fulfilled requests to its website for increased transparency and as a courtesy to the public starting in January 2024. Click the link to review fulfilled FOIA requests to date.

Note: FOIA requests that may be excluded from public view include video recordings and those that may identify individual students or exacerbate a situation that could cause undue harm per Board Policy 7:340

Before filing a FOIA request, requestors are encouraged to visit this archive to confirm whether a similar request has already been made and fulfilled.  

To submit an electronic FOIA request:

  1. Click the link to download and print the Huntley District 158 FOIA request form.
  2. Complete and sign the form.
  3. Submit your form in one of the following ways:
  • Scan and email form to [email protected]
  • Fax form to (847) 659-6125
  • Drop off or mail form to Huntley Community School District 158, Attn: FOIA Officer; 650 Dr. John Burkey Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102


To allow governmental bodies to operate efficiently and protect personal privacy, the Act exempts (excludes) specific types of records from public release, with some general examples including but limited to: medical records, student records, attorney-client privileged correspondence, staff discipline files, test questions and answers, security plans, and the minutes of closed session meetings not yet approved by Board vote for release.


Public bodies are required to respond in writing to written requests for records within 5 working days. If within those 5 working days the public body denies the request, it must notify the requester in writing and cite the reason(s) under the law.

The public body has 21 business days to respond to a request for records which will be used for “commercial purposes.” Under the FOIA law, commercial purposes means the use of any part of a public record or documentation derived from a public record in any form for sale, resale, or solicitation or advertisement for sales or services.


As the requester, you have the right to “request for review” (appeal) Huntley 158’s response to any request. See below for contact information for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701

Phone: (877) 299-3642
Fax: (217) 782-1396

E-mail: [email protected]

FOIA Resources