Sandwich Public Library District
Freedom of Information Act

In order to insure that all members of the public have the right to inspect and copy public records in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (P.A. 83-1013) the following contains the information required to be furnished to the public and the mandates for the purpose of implementing the Act.

INFORMATION – General Agency Description:

  1. Type of Government: The Sandwich Public Library District converted to a District in 1996 (increasing in area), and is operating under the Local Library Act of July 12, 1965 (Chapter 79 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes). The governing body is composed of the elected Board of Library Trustees of seven people. The Board of Trustees exercises control over our policies and procedures; the Trustees meet monthly, the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at the Library, unless specified differently in the Establishing Dates of Meetings Ordinance.

Board of Trustees:

Nancy Sanders, President

Jane Wolf, Vice President

Jennifer Boring, Treasurer;

Denise Ii, Secretary

Denise Curran

Ruth Fish

  1. Mission:
    The mission of the Sandwich Public Library District is Learn Dream Engage! We work to stimulate scholarship, and advance knowledge by providing access to all varieties of materials; to work alongside our neighbors and within our greater community to support our mutual growth and prosperity.
  2. Operating Budget: The operating budget is adopted annually. The operating budget is for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and ending June 30. The current fiscal year budget is available; we are currently in fiscal year 2017-2018. The total operating budget for FY 17/18 is: $726,383.00
  3. Number and Location of Offices: The Library offices are located at Sandwich Public Library District 925 S. Main St. Sandwich, IL 60548 815-786-8308

Organizational Chart:

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Approximate Number of Full and Part-time Employees:

Full-time- 4

Part-time- 5

Departments, Committees, Boards—Advisory groups

Committees: The Board of Trustees act as a committee of the whole for all purposes, except when special committees are appointed.

Attorney: Phillip Lenzini (309) 676-1381

Auditor: Brian Zabel & Associates P.C.,CPA (815) 941-9833

The following organization operates in an advisory capacity regarding our operation:

Reaching Across Illinois Library System, 127 South 1st Street, Geneva, Illinois.

We are required to report and be answerable for our operations to:

Illinois State Library, Springfield, Illinois. Its members are: State Librarian, Jesse White (Secretary of State); Acting Deputy Director of State Library, Greg McCormick; and various other staff.

The following are instructions on how to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with Sandwich Public Library District:

  1. Please make your request for records in writing. The Sandwich Public Library District does not require the completion of a standard form for this purpose. You may submit your written request by mail, fax, or email. Please direct your request to:

    FOIA Officer – Lauree Zielezinski
    Sandwich Public Library District
    925 South Main Street
    Sandwich, Illinois 60548

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Fax: 815-786-9231

  2. Please be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. Remember, 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 wish to ask questions of a representative of the Sandwich Public Library District, you may call the Library’s Administrative Office at 815-786-8308, to be directed to the proper person.

  3. Please tell us whether you would like printed or electronic copies of the requested records, or whether you wish to examine the records in person. You have the right to either option.

  4. There is no fee for up to 50 pages of standard paper copies. For pages beyond 50, there is a 15¢ per page charge.

  5. The Library has up to five business days (Mondays through Fridays, unless a federal holiday) or twenty-one business days, depending upon the purpose of the request, to respond.

  6. Requests of information for commercial purposes must be identified as such.

  7. You are permitted to ask for a waiver of copying fees. To do so, please include the following statement (or a similar statement) in your written FOIA request: “I request a waiver of all fees associated with this request.” In addition, you must include a specific explanation as to why your request for information is in the public interest—not simply your personal interest—and merits a fee waiver.

  8. Please include your name, preferred telephone number(s), mailing address, and, if you wish, your electronic mail address.