What is FOIA?

Our FOIA officer is: Mr. Robert Ketcham: rketcham@tonicagradeschool.org

FOIA is the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.  Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 et. Seq.), records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon written request.

Definition of a Public Record

The District’s public records are defined as records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, electronic communications, recorded information and all other documentary materials pertaining to the transaction of public business, regardless of physical form of characteristics, having been prepared by or for, or having been or being used by, received by, in the possession of, or under control of the School District.

Freedom of Information Officers
The District has designated Mr. Robert Ketcham as the Freedom of Information Officer. The District office is located at 535 N 1981st Rd, Tonica, IL 61370.

Freedom of Information Act Request Procedure
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act provides that a person may request that public records be made available for inspection and copying to the District’s Freedom of Information Officers.  All requests for information and copying shall immediately be forwarded to the District’s Freedom of Information Officers or designee.

FOIA Requests
Persons requesting to review and copy public records must use the FOIA Request Form provided here.  The written request must be delivered via mail, hand delivery, or fax to one of the District’s designated Freedom of Information Officers at the Tonica Grade School office and the fax number is (815)442-3111.

The FOIA request will be dated as of the business day received.  Requests received after 4:00 p.m., on the weekends, or holidays, will be considered received on the next business day.  Because of the volume of mail received by the District, any Freedom of Information request should indicate Freedom of Information Request or FOIA on the envelope or fax cover sheet.

Request Form 1

Sample FOIA request form

Form template: http://www.rcfp.org/foia?op=show_form&type=state_request&state=IL

What happens after I submit a request?
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act requires agencies to respond within five business days of receipt of a request.  A five-day extension is allowed with written notification to the requester.  If the requested records are available in electronic form, they can be mailed to the requester free of charge.  Paper copies can be made at the cost of $.15 per page.  If the records exceed 50 pages, the requester will be informed of the duplication cost.

Please visit the website pages as several documents are available via online access.


Tonica Community Consolidated School District #79 is located in LaSalle County, Illinois. The District is organized under the laws of the State of Illinois for the purpose of providing its residents with schools for grades PreK-8th for the education of all eligible persons in the District.

The District operates the following school:

  1. Tonica Grade School

The approximate amount of the operating budget of the District is $2,000,000. The District currently employs 33 full and part-time employees.


Tonica Grade School is a unitary operation without functional sub-divisions operating autonomously.

Tonica Grade School maintains its Administrative office 535 N 1981st Rd, Tonica, Illinois. The District has no other offices.