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90_HB3273 5 ILCS 140/6 from Ch. 116, par. 206 Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the fee for reproducing any public record, regardless of the format of the record, shall not exceed the actual cost of reproduction. Deletes an obsolete cross-reference. Effective immediately. LRB9010391MWpc LRB9010391MWpc 1 AN ACT to amend the Freedom of Information Act by 2 changing Section 6. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Freedom of Information Act is amended by 6 changing Section 6 as follows: 7 (5 ILCS 140/6) (from Ch. 116, par. 206) 8 Sec. 6. Authority to charge fees. 9 (a) Each public body may charge fees reasonably 10 calculated to reimburse its actual cost for reproducing and 11 certifying public records and for the use, by any person, of 12 the equipment of the public body to copy records. 13 Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the
Suchfees 14 shall exclude the costs of any search for and review of the 15 record, and shall not exceed the actual cost of reproduction 16 and certification, regardless of the format of the record 17 unless otherwise provided by State statute. "Actual cost" 18 shall be limited to direct, chargeable costs related to the 19 copying or reproduction of a public record as determined by 20 generally accepted accounting principles and shall not 21 include costs that would have been occurred by the public 22 body if a request to copy or reproduce the record had not 23 been made. The Suchfees shall be imposed according to a 24 standard scale of fees, established and made public by the 25 body imposing them. 26 (b) Documents shall be furnished without charge or at a 27 reduced charge, as determined by the public body, if the 28 person requesting the documents states the specific purpose 29 for the request and indicates that a waiver or reduction of 30 the fee is in the public interest. Waiver or reduction of 31 the fee is in the public interest if the principal purpose of -2- LRB9010391MWpc 1 the request is to access and disseminate information 2 regarding the health, safety and welfare or the legal rights 3 of the general public and is not for the principal purpose of 4 personal or commercial benefit. For purposes of this 5 subsection, "commercial benefit" shall not apply to requests 6 made by news media when the principal purpose of the request 7 is to access and disseminate information regarding the 8 health, safety, and welfare or the legal rights of the 9 general public. In setting the amount of the waiver or 10 reduction, the public body may take into consideration the 11 amount of materials requested and the cost of copying them. 12 (c) The purposeful imposition of a fee not consistent 13 with subsections (6)(a) and (b) of this Act shall be 14 considered a denial of access to public records for the 15 purposes of judicial review. 16 (d) (Blank) The fee for an abstract of a driver's record17 shall be as provided in Section 6-118 of "The Illinois18 Vehicle Code", approved September 29, 1969, as amended. 19 (Source: P.A. 90-144, eff. 7-23-97.) 20 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 21 becoming law.
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