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.


Pennoyer FOIA Information


Fulfilled FOIA Requests

Date of Request Requested By Item(s) Requested Request Submission Hours to Prepare


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

15 min


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

15 min


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

15 min


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


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

15 min


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

15 min

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 15 min
3/21/18 Chudzik, Adam 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 15 min
3/5/18 Mora, Riccardo 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 1. A copy of the Pennoyer School District 79 Educational Master Facilities Plan from DLA Architects View Request 1hr
2/16/18 Mora, Riccardo 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 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 "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 "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 "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 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 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 15 min
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 30 min