FOIA & Transparency
Thank you for visiting the Village of River Forest's Transparency and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) page. Below are summaries of and links to the Village's most important and frequently requested documents. If you cannot find the desired documents, please submit a FOIA request.
- Village Budgets
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
- Treasurer's Report
- Compensation & Benefits Report
- Financial Policies
- Tax Information
All building permits which required a Village inspection are included below.
- September (Part 1)
- September (Part 2)
- October (Part 1)
- October (Part 2)
- November (Part 1)
- November (Part 2)
- March (Part 1)
- March (Part 2)
- April (Part 1)
- April (Part 2)
Village Board Meetings
The Village Board meets on the second and third Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall Community Room. Agendas, Packets that accompany the agendas, and Minutes are posted on the Village website.
Contracting with the Village
The Village website provides for:
- A list of open and recently closed Bids & RFPs
- Active Contracts over $20,000
- Fire Union Collective Bargaining Agreement
- Police Department Union Collective Bargaining Agreement
- Public Works Union Collective Bargaining Agreement
Each month the Building & Zoning, Finance, Fire, Police, and Public Works Departments submit monthly reports to the Village Board. The reports are available for viewing in the monthly Village Board packets.
Each year the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency requires the Village to publish a Water Quality Report. Click the links below to view past reports:
- 2012 Water Quality Report
- 2011 Water Quality Report
- 2010 Water Quality Report
- 2009 Water Quality Report
- 2008 Water Quality Report
The Village Board and Village Administrator's Office closely monitor legislation at the local, state and federal levels to stay abreast of issues that may affect the community. The Village President is the official spokesperson of the Village in all political and legislative affairs. The Village of River Forest is a dues paying member of several associations that may conduct legislative advocacy initiatives at the state and federal levels. These associations include West Central Municipal Conference, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Illinois Municipal League.
Red Light Cameras
The Village has installed Red Light Cameras at the following intersections:
- North Avenue at Harlem (Eastbound on North)
- Harlem Avenue at Lake Street (Southbound on Harlem)
The cameras will identify red light violations in the left turn lane, straight through lane(s) and right turn lane.
Any person requesting access to information as permitted under The Freedom of Information Act (House Bill 234, P.A. 83-1013) should follow the steps below:
Submit a request, being as specific as possible with regard to the information you seek. Please click here for a sample request form.
Return the completed form to Village board by mail, email or in person, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Within 5 business days of receipt of the request (21 days for commercial requests), the Village will indicate in writing its response to the request. The Village will respond in one of the four following manners:
Inform you of when the information may be inspected or how a copy may be obtained
Indicate that additional time to fulfill the request is needed, factors prompting the delay and when the response will be forthcoming
Deny the request, stating reasons for the denial
Failure to respond by the Village within 10 days is deemed a denial
You have the right to appeal any decision to deny access to records. Appeals must be submitted in writing to: Village Administrator, 400 Park Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305
If the Village Administrator upholds the decision to deny access, or does not respond within 5 days, you may file suit in circuit court for injunctive or declaratory relief.
Copies of requested public records in black and white, legal or letter size are free for the first 50 pages. Beyond 50 pages, the Village will charge $0.10 a page for letter and $0.25 a page for other sizes. Commercial FOIA requesters are subject to the same reproduction fees as public requesters.
Click here to view previous Freedom of Information Requests and corresponding records.