Requests for Public Records

NOTE: For additional information about requesting public records, including details about any fees that may be applicable, please see our Freedom of Information Act page.

Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a request to inspect or receive copies of District 401 public records must be made in writing.

The request may be submitted by personal delivery, mail, telefax or email directed to the District's Freedom of Information officer. 

The District's Freedom of Information officer is Superintendent of Schools Dr. Leah Gauthier.

Procedures for Making a FOIA Request

FOIA requests should be sent to the following address:

Dr. Leah Gauthier
Superintendent of Schools
Elmwood Park CUSD 401
8201 W. Fullerton Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
Fax: 708-452-9504

Individuals making a request are not required to state a reason for the request other than to identify when the request is for a commercial purpose or when requesting a fee waiver.

Members of the public are not required to use a specific form when submitting a FOIA request.

When writing your request, please provide as much information as possible about the records you seek. This will help expedite the search process.

If you are seeking information that does not require submitting a FOIA request, please see the Contact Us page located elsewhere on the District 401 website.

Optional Request Form

As noted above, members of the public are not required to use a specific form when submitting a FOIA request.

However, for the public's convenience we have prepared a District 401 Public Records Request Form request form that may be submitted for this purpose. To access a downloadable PDF copy of this form, please click the image below.

District 401 Public Records Request Form

District 401's Policy on Public Records

The full text of the Board of Education's policy and procedures concerning access to District public records can be found in Section 2:250 of the District Policy Manual

For More Information

Please consult the following links for additional information about the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, including the full text of the law and a Spanish-language FAQ:

► Text of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act
► Illinois Attorney General: Frequently Asked FOIA Questions by the Public
► Illinois Attorney General: Preguntas frecuentes por el público
► Illinois Attorney General: FOIA Resources Page