Freedom of Information Act

It is the public policy of this State that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business.

- Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/1.

Pursuant to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of government, it is declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of this Act. Such access is necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest.

- Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/1.

source: http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net

Pennoyer FOIA Information

 

Fulfilled FOIA Requests

Date of Request Requested By Item(s) Requested Request Submission Hours to Prepare
9/21/20 Nina Terebessy / Karyn Cooper "Public Records" as of February 7, 2020, that pertain to Pennoyer School District's grievance procedures for responding to complaints of sexual harrassment (which includes but is not limited to sexual assault) and gender-based discrimination, as well as Pennoyer School District's anit-discrimination policy. More specifically, we request: 1. A copy of Pennoyer School District's current anti-harrassment and/or anti-discrimination policy; 2. copies of all documents outlining Pennoyer School District's current procedures for repsonding to sexual harrassment and gender-based discrimination, including both peer sexual harassment and discrimination and sexual harassment and discrimination between district employees and students; 3. copies of any other documents or guidelines that impact the application and enforcement of tese policies and procedures; and 4. the name and contact information of Pennoyer School District's designated Title IX coordinator. View Request 15 min
9/11/20 Mora, Riccardo
NorridgeNewsFOIA@gmail.com
1. A copy of all outstanding bonds including the original date of issue, repayment schedule including interest and principle including date each bond will be paid in full. 2. A copy of all outstanding bonds that were reissued/refinanced, the date of such reissue/refinance, payment schedule including interest and principle including date each bond will be paid in full. 3. Identify all projects, improvements and repairs made to Pennoyer property in excess of $50,000 since 1-1-2018 and the source of funds used to pay for such projects, improvements and repair  View Request 1 hr
9/8/2020 Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
1.Copy of the signed certification for the $10.9 million bond sale referendum appearing on the November 2020 ballot, aka the "resolution providing for and requiring the submission of the proposition of issuing School Building Bonds to the voters of School District 79, Cook County, IL at the general election to be held on the 3rd day of November 2020, and any responses from the state and/or county confirming receipt of the resolution, 2.  Any and all documents showing the estimated cost to property owners per dollar of assessed value for the same bond sale referndum in item#1. View Request 15 min
9/8/2020 Deloian, Ken Purchasing Records from 3/6/2020 through current 1. Purchase Order. If purchase orders are not used a comparable substitute is acceptable, i.e. invoice, encumberance, or check number. 2. Purchase date 3. Line item details (Detailed description of the purchase) 4. Line item quantity 5. Line item price 6. Vendor ID number, name, address, contact person and their email address. View Request 30 min
8/28/20 Mora, Riccardo
NorridgeNewsFOIA@gmail.com
1. Identify all elected officials whose terms expire in 2021and all other open seats/vacancies for the 2021 election 2. Identify the length of term for each elected official 3. Identify the salaries and all benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, disability insurance, pension benefits and all other such benefits for all elected officials 4. A copy of the job description and qualifications for each of the elected officials 5. Identify the budget amount for fiscal year 2019-2020  | Clarification was requested on item#5 His clarification via email is "I would like the actual expenditures for fiscal year 201-2020." View Request 15 min
8/11/2020 Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
Board Packet from 8/12/2020 View Request 15 min
7/3/2020 Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
1. Board Packet for the 7/1/2020 Facilities Committee Meeting
2. A copy of the full and detailed Community Survey Results from EOSullivan if not already provieded in item #1.
View Request 15 min
6/23/2020 Ballis, George 1. All estimates, work to be done, and/or statements of work (SOW) provided by EOConsulting. 2. All statements and/or bills paid including a description of the work done, the date of which the work was done and the date in which invoices were paid to EOConsulting. 3. Any and all contracts related to services provided by EOConsulting. 4. Copy of the board packet for the May 26th, 2020 Special Meeting. View Request 15 min
6/17/2020 Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
Records pertaining to the automated phone surveys currently being performed on behalf of the district including all questions being asked, name of the company or third party performing the surveys, any and all contracts or agreements for goods and services for these company(s), any and all invoices for services, including statements of work, any and all payments made including the date each check was paid. View Request 15 min
5/28/2020 Jonathan Fagg ABC7 I request access to and a copy of information related to student attendance during the current period of remote learning. For this request, please provide a breakdown of attendance rates by school-by whatever measures your district is tracking engagement- as well as details of how attendance is being tracked in this period. Please provide information broken down by school in your district from when remote learning began until the most current date available upon production. View Request 15 min
3/9/2020 Smyser, Katy

We are surveying every public and private school in the greater Chicago area and northwest Indiana, on issues concerning potential local cases of Coronavirus, and I am hoping that Pennoyer School District 79 can be a part of this survey. We would greatly appreciate your responses to twelve brief questions at this link:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-SY1T9aXLUGTOk4wpzEQ9HsDpQr3M2ZAmXzt8toJmz
NUOEgwQkhTTlM1UlZNSEhYMjhWUEdNOUQ1Wi4u

View Request 15 min
3/3/2020 Kranjcec, Ivan Purchasing Records from 11/30/2019 through current 1. Purchase Order. If purchase orders are not used a comparable substitute is acceptable, i.e. invoice, encumberance, or check number. 2. Purchase date 3. Line item details (Detailed description of the purchase) 4. Line item quantity 5. Line item price 6. Vendor ID number, name, address, contact person and their email address. View Request 30 min

2/6/2020

Ballis, George Please provide a copy of the letter received in December 2019 from the IL State Library , that was sent by the IL Secretary of State, Jesse White, regarding the $750 granted to District 79 View Request

15 min

2/5/2020

Mihelich, Nathan Please provice the name and email address of any certified staff (teachers, administrators, nurses, counselors, etc) who are retiring this year View Request

15 min

1/30/2020

Kim, Katie  District's education technology program as it relates to student learning on school-issued devices such as an iPad or Chromebook. I am requesting any and all written agreements and/or contracts between Pennoyer and companies that provide content filtering and monitoring software for school district-issued devices for students, including (but not limited to) Bark, Securly, Go Guardian, etc; and documents sufficient to show policies and guidelines for school district -issued devices for students  View Request

30 min

11/26/2019

Simpson, Bethany Purchasing Records from 8/21/2019 through current 1. Purchase Order. If purchase orders are not used a comparable substitute is acceptable, i.e. invoice, encumberance, or check number. 2. Purchase date 3. Line item details (Detailed description of the purchase) 4. Line item quantity 5. Line item price 6. Vendor ID number, name, address, contact person and their email address. View Request

30 min

11/4/2019

Deloian, Olivia 1. The number of vaping related confiscations, by year since 2017 to date. 2. The number of students who were dsciplined or censured in any way for a vaping related incident, by year since 2017 to date. 3. Please break down the different disciplinary and censuring categories (i.e. suspensions, counseling, expulsions, etc) for vaping related incidents; and the numbers of student who fell into each, by year since 2017 to date. 4. The number of students arrested on campus for vaping related incidents, by year since 2017 to date. 5. List the different programs implanted by your district (i.e. distributing educational information to student, parent night education, vaoe detection devices, zero tolerance program etc.). View Request

15 min

10/4/19

Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
The records I am seeking are as follows: 1. Any communications or related documents concerning consolidation discussions taking place between District 79 and other school districts in Norridge and/or outside Norridge. 2. any communications or related documents or related documents concerning consolidation discussions taking place between District 79 and school districts based in Park Ridge and/or Rosemont that were not already provided in item#1. View Request

15 min

10/2/19

Ballis, George I would like to request any and all emails, correspondence or transcripts of any meetings regarding 101st Illinois General assembly HB3053. View Request

15 min

9/26/19

Ballis, George 1. Copies of all transcripts of any and all conversations/meetings regarding school district consolidation within Norridge. 2. Copies of contracts with any consultants interviewed and or hired to conduct any one of the following tasks: Forming a Feasibility Study or possibly handle the process of gathering date (sic) for a school district consoilidation. 3. A list of the committee members that participate in consolidation discussions. View Request

15 min

9/19/19

Galloway, Keith F. An emailed PDF of the transportation contract(s) with your current transportation vendor(s) View Request

15 min

9/19/19

Wallk, Anthony Copy of the Submitted Weekly Certified Payroll from the "Main Office Remodel" for Contractor Kandu Construction Inc. View Request

15 min

9/6/19

Mullins-Blazo, Karen "I am asking the Open Records Act/Freedom of Information Act for a copy of the contract with all services and pricing for Pennoyer School District 79, 5200 N Cumbrland, Norridge, IL 60706 for Campus Suites for the district's website. View Request 15min

8/29/19

Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
1. List the names of each employee (including part time and temporary employees), job title/position, type of health care/dental plan, ALL compensation for each employee including but not limited to: base salary or hourly rate, any and stipends including description of each stipend, hours/days earned for vacation and/or sick time, employee paid health care preminums, employer paid health care premiums, vehicle allowances, clothing allowances, description and cost of any other allowances, holiday buy backs, sick buy backs, employee portion of TRS pension payment, employer matches of any pension including any TRS payments on behalf of employee, life insurance, short term disability, long term disability, medicare, social security, employee paid IMRF pension payments, employer paid IMRF pension payments, amounts and descriptions of any other compensation types. This information is preferred in an Excel spreadsheet. 2. Student enrollment at Pennoyer as of 8/29/2019 View Request 45min

8/20/19

Simpson, Bethany Purchasing Records from 5/14/19 through current 1. Purchase Order. If purchase orders are not used a comparable substitute is acceptable, i.e. invoice, encumberance, or check number. 2. Purchase date 3. Line item details (Detailed description of the purchase) 4. Line item quantity 5. Line item price 6. Vendor ID number, name, address, contact person and their email address. View Request 30min

5/14/19

Simpson, Bethany Purchasing Records from 8/29/18 through current 1. Purchase Order. If purchase orders are not used a comparable substitute is acceptable, i.e. invoice, encumberance, or check number. 2. Purchase date 3. Line item details (Detailed description of the purchase) 4. Line item quantity 5. Line item price 6. Vendor ID number, name, address, contact person and their email address. View Request 30min

3/26/19

Deloian, Olivia 1. Please provide me with documents showing which school buildings in your district each have a storm shelter that meets the minimum requirements of the ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters (ICC-500) [publishes jointly by the International Code Council and the National Storm Shelter Association and available at https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/ICC5002014?site_type=public], including the location of each shelter relative to its assigned school building. Pennoyer does not have a storm shelter.  2.  For those school buildings in Pennoyer School District 79 that do not have a storm shelter that meets the minimum requirements described above, please provide me with documents showing how and where the children in each of those school buildings are to be sheltered, in case of a tornado emergency, including the location of each shelter relative to its assigned school building. Please see the attached document. View Request

15min

2/28/19

Garcia, Selena "I am requesting to view the contract the district has for outsourced vendor custodial services in accordance to the Freedom of Information Act." View Request

15min

2/1/19

Mora, Riccardo
NorridgeNewsFOIA@gmail.com
1. Identify the business manager and salary for each of the last 8 fiscal years beginning with the current fiscal year 2018-19 View Request

15min

1/15/19

IRTA-Mihelich, Nathan Records Requested: Please provide the name and email address of all teachers or administrators who are retiring in 2019. View Request

15min

12/16/18 Reynolds, Jeff 1. Provide a copy of the board agenda packets including all attachments for the December 12, 2018 board meting View Request 15min

12/5/18

Simpson, Bethany Purchasing Records from 2018-08-29 to current:1.Purchase Order Number. If purchase orders are not used a comparable substitute is acceptable, i.e. invoice, encumberance or check number, 2. Purchase date, 3. Line item details (Detailed description of the purchase), 4. Line item quantity,       5. Line item price, 6. Vendor ID number, name, address, contact person and their email addresses View Request

30min

11/13/18 Reynolds, Jeff 1. Provide a copy of the names of all Board of Education members, each members'starting date, and expiry of each member's current term View Request

15min

10/16/18

Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com

1. The board packets for the 10/1/18 facilities committee meeting, and the 10/10/18 board meeting View Request

30min

10/9/18

Reynolds, Jeff 1. Copy of the district's response to FOIA sent by Vincent Caruso on 8/15/2018 including all replies. 2.Copy of the district's responses to FOIA sent by Andrew Nelms on 8/16/2018 including all replies View Request

15min

9/17/18

Mora, Riccardo
NorridgeNewsFOIA@gmail.com
1. Acopy of all emails sent by superintendent Kristin Kopta since August 1, 2018 related to school consolidation. 2. A copy of all emails received by superintendent Kristin Kopta since August 1, 2018 related to school consolidation. View Request

30min

9/14/18

Caruso, Vincent Aug 15, 2018 request:Requested information includes (i) allinvoices and/or vendor receipts concerning any paid services provided by George K. Baum & Company and anyone professionally affiliated with that firm, (ii) all email correspondence both involving and mentioning George K. Baum & Company, Paul Hanley, and any affliate or employee of George K. Baum & Company, and (iii) all invoices and/or vendor receipts dating between 2013 and 2018 for which Pennoyer School District 79 commissioned paid services involving communications, polling, surveying, media or public relations concerning the favorability or feasibilty of any tax proposal and any matter of public policy-September 14, 2018 Request:"It seems as though the first ans third item included in my FOIA request, concerning invoices and/or vendor receipts, was not furnished in your reply. Your response will be considered incomplete until the request is furnished in full. View Request

10min

9/13/18

Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
1. The board packet for the 9/12/18 board meeting, plus any and all information concerning item 6F "Consolidation Inforamtion", including the documents the board was asked to look at that were not available due to technical difficulties. View Request

30min

8/27/18

Simpson, Bethany For any all purchasing records from 2013-01-01 to current. 1. Purchase order number. If purchase orders are not used a comparable substitute is acceptable, i.e. invoice, encumberance, or check number 2. Purchase date 3. Line item details (Detailed escription of the purchase) 4. Line item quantity  5. Line item price  6. Vendor ID number, name address, contact person and their address View Request

30min

8/23/18

Williams, Mike
miwi123xyz@gmail.com
A copy of all Past and Present contracts for Superintendent Kristin Kopta View Request

15min

8/22/18

Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
For fiscal years 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018: 1. The amount paid by the school district on behalf of Superintendent Kristin Kopta to the IL Teachers' Retirement Sysytem (TRS) pension fund. 2. The total amount paid by Superintendent Kristin Kopta to the IL Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) pension fund, excluding any amounts paid by the district in item #1. 3. The total amount paid by the school district on behalf of Superintendent Kristin Kopta to the Teacher Health Insurance Security Fund (THIS) health fund. 4. The total amount paid by Superintendent Kristin Kopta to the Teacher Health Insurance Fund (THIS) health fund, excluding any amounts paid by the district in item #3 View Request

30min

8/16/2018

Nelms, Andrew All records relevant to the District's efforts to comply with 30 ILCS 352/21 (b), the Bond Issuance Notification Act  ("the Act), from the bond referendum placed on the ballot by the District in the March, 2018 Primary Election.  This request includes communications to/from/among/between District officials/employees/others dicussing the Act and the discussion/development of what is required by the Act. View Request

30min

8/16/18

Mora, Riccardo  NorridgeNewsFOIA@gmail.com 1. A copy of all postings for the Assistant Principal and Dean of Students in 2018 2. Identify the qualifications/requirements for the postions of Assistant Principal and Dean of Students 3. Identify the salary and benefits of Assistant Principal and Dean of Students 4. A copy of all applications for the positions of Assistant Principal and Dean of Students View Request

30min

8/15/18

Caruso, Vincent Requested information includes (i) allinvoices and/or vendor receipts concerning any paid services provided by George K. Baum & Company and anyone professionally affiliated with that firm, (ii) all email correspondence both involving and mentioning George K. Baum & Company, Paul Hanley, and any affliate or employee of George K. Baum & Company, and (iii) all invoices and/or vendor receipts dating between 2013 and 2018 for which Pennoyer School District 79 commissioned paid services involving communications, polling, surveying, media or public relations concerning the favorability or feasibilty of any tax proposal and any matter of public policy View Request

30min

8/9/18

Chudzik, Adam  
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
1. The board packet for thew 8/8/18 board meeting 2. The Superintendent's contract approved at the same meeting in item#1 View Request

30min

8/7/18

Smyser, Katie  1.  Records sufficient to show all cases where Pennoyer School District 79 paid a plaintiff or plaintiffs-by verdict, settlement or satisfaction-as the result of sexual misconduct or sex/gender discrimination claim, from January 1, 2008 to the present.  Sexual misconduct and discrimination claims can include (but are not limited to) allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, statutory rape, indecent exposure, obscenity, forcible sodomy, forcible fondling, disparate impact, retaliation related to sex or gender discrimination or misconduct, Illinois gender violence, and/or other sex-gender-related allegations. The records should include a case number; name of party paid; payment amount; fees and costs (if kept separately); the allegations in the case, and the specific department, agency, and or individual(s) involved in the litigation The records should also show all money paid to outside counsel in each case, including pending cases and cases with no settlement or judgement. The records should also include information about settlements or payments that did not involve a court of law. No such records exist.  2. All records of separation agreements and/or payments to individuals who stopped working with Pennoyer School District 79 after being accused of sexual misconduct, harassment, or sex/gender discrimination. No such records exist. View Request

15min

4/5/18

Bachman, James Names, district email addresses and home addresses of your retirng Illinois educators for the current school year View Request

15min

6/11/18

Cupples, Jim 1. Who is the current superintendent; 2. When the current superintendent contract is due to end; and 3. What the length of the current superintendent contract is, using terms of years View Request

15min

6/7/18

Caruso, Vincent This request is seeking compensation records concerning the complete Pennoyer School District 79 staff, including annual salary, annuities, income derived from extra duties, and overtime payouts between school years 2011-2012 and 2017-2018. Information including name, job title, years of service, and labor union affiliation is also requested. View Request 10hrs

4/15/18

Tovar Snow Professionals Bid results and/or bid tabulation sheet for 2017-2018, 2016-2017 or most recent snow plowing & removal services RFP View Request

15min

4/10/18

Kim, Katie "I am requesting documents sufficient to show which schools in Pennoyer School District 79 have a school resource officer (SRO) assigned; and if there is an SRO in the school. I am also requesting documents showing all policies and guidelines for that school resource officer." View Request

15min

4/5/18 Mbekeani-Wiley, Michelle 1. How many School Resource Officers are employed in your school district? 2. Please provide the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or any agreement that you have with the police department that provides you with a School Resource Officer. View Request 15min
3/21/18 Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
An Excel spreadsheet for School Year 2017-2018 showing ALL compensation for ALL employees. The document should include the following: Name, job/title, annual salary or hourly rate, which health care/dental plan(s) the employee is signed up for (ex: PPO individual, HMO family, etc) whether has a vehicle allowance, hours earned for vacation and sick, as well as cost to the District for each employee, in dollars, for each of the following: employee's health care plan premiums, vehicle allowances, clothing allowances, description and cost of any other allowances, holiday buy backs, sick day buy backs, holiday buy backs, pension, life insurance, short term disability, long term disability, employer matches of any pensions, medicare, social security. View Request 7hrs
3/6/18 Biancardi, John " I'm requesting electronic records for the 2017 bid for the school district's milk business." View Request 15min
3/5/18 Mora, Riccardo NorridgeNewsFOIA@gmail.com 1. Identify the value of the property within District 79 for levy purposes along with all supporting documents and the office in which those documents were issued. 2. A copy of the ballot question for the 2 outstanding bonds and the dates in which the voters voted in favor of such bonds. 3. A copy of the minutes in which the issuance of the 2 outstanding bonds were voted upon. View Request 5hrs
3/2/18 Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
1. A copy of the Pennoyer School District 79 Educational Master Facilities Plan from DLA Architects View Request 1hr
2/16/18 Mora, Riccardo NorridgeNewsFOIA@gmail.com 1. Identify the type of mailing list and all instructions to JS Printing regarding the approximate 1,977 fliers mailed as to who would receive the flier and who would not receive the flier, e.g., all registered voters in District 79, only those who voted in a particular election identifying which election, female voters only, male voters only and any age requirements to receive or not to receive the flier in question. 2. A copy of all fliers prepared to mail or hand out to the community prior to the election. 3. Identify all plans for future mailings or hand outs for the upcoming election. View Request 3hrs
2/14/18 Mora, Riccardo NorridgeNewsFOIA@gmail.com On 2/14/2018-Received an email from Riccardo Mora regarding the response to the February 8, 2018 FOIA Request His request is "I have visited Pennoyer website, under referendum information there are 5 drop downs, I can also see 22 pics underbulding inspiration and a pic of new academic wing plan, but I don't see anything that resembles a flier"   15min
2/14/18 Mora, Riccardo NorridgeNewsFOIA@gmail.com "1. Identify all outstanding bonds, amount, date of issue, payment schedule and when each bond will be paid in full. 2. Identify the cost of the new gym in 2001 and source of revenue for payment. 3. Identify the costs of new offices in 2001 and source of revenue payment. 4. Identify the day in which flier regarding the referendum was mailed." View Request 3hrs
2/12/18 Supporters of SD79 futurehawkshome@gmail.com "1. A copy of all FOIA requests to the District and responses since January 2018. 2. All documentation (electronic or paper) of any budget reduction plan(s) since January 2018" View Request 1hr
2/10/18 Chudzik, Adam
npwatchdog182@gmail.com
"1. A copy of the plans/drawings/illustrations for the planned rebuild/expansion of Pennoyer school if the $25 million dollar referendum passes 2. The name of any and all companies that did the work in Item#1 3.Any and all dollar amounts paid to the companies in Item#1 in calendar years 2017 and 2018 as of the date of this FOIA View Request 1hr
2/8/18 Mora, Riccardo NorridgeNewsFOIA@gmail.com 1. "A copy of all fliers, literature, documents sent to parents and residents of district 79 regarding the bond questin on the March 2018 ballot 2. Identify the cost of mailing, printing and postage for mailer 3. Identify the number of fliers mailed or in the process of mailing" View Request 1hr
2/6/18 Mora, Riccardo NorridgeNewsFOIA@gmail.com 1. "Identify all referendums for the March 2018 election for Pennoyer school district 79 in Norridge IL 2.A copy of all paperwork filed with the Clerk's office in regards to the March 2018 referendum 3. A copy of the minutes in which the vote was taken for the March 2018 refendum" View Request 1hr
1/22/18 IRTA-Mihelich Records Requested: Please provide the name and email address of all teachers or administrators who are retiring in 2018. View Request 15min
11/29/17 Cerrone, Nick Copies of all current contracts for fire alarm and burglar alarm, monitoring, inspections and service View Request 30min
10/2/17 Allen, Kirk 1. A copy of all debt currently held by the School District in any form to include but not limited to, lines of credit, financial institution, bonds credit card 2. A copy of all payment structures for the debt that reflects principal payment, interest payment, and time frame of those obligations. 3. A copy of all compensation provided to the Superintendent.4. A copy of the Superintendents employment contract. 5. A copy of the minutes and agenda where the Superintendents contract was approved. View Request 3hrs
8/24/17 IRTA-Mihelich All email addresses of all teachers and administrators in your district View Request 30min