How to File a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Request with the College

The following instructions are for individuals and commercial concerns desiring to access public documents and records under provisions of the Illinois FOIA.

Your request must be in writing. The request need not be on a special form and must be submitted to the address below:

FOIA Officer
Rend Lake College 
468 N. Ken Gray Parkway 
Ina, IL 62846

  1. Please be as specific as possible when describing the exact records that you are seeking. Remember that the Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of records; it is not designed to require a public body to answer questions. To the extent that you do wish to ask general or institutional questions of a college representative, you may call our Public Information Office at 618-437-5321 for assistance.
  2. In your written FOIA request, you need to specify if you wish copies of the requested records or if you wish to examine the records in person. You have the right to either option. As permitted by law, the college may charge for copies.
  3. In your written FOIA request, please specify if you are requesting the requested records for any business, commercial or promotional purposes.
  4. In your written FOIA request please include your name, preferred telephone number(s), mailing address, and, if you wish, your email address.

Some college records are available for immediate access during normal business hours in the college president’s office. These include:

  • Board of Trustee Agendas
  • Board of Trustee Minutes
  • Policies and Procedures Manual
  • Directory of College Trustees and its Principal Officers

Electronic requests for college records should follow the steps outlined on this page and can be submitted through www.rlc.edu/FOIARequest/.