Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

01-31-19 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 N University St, Poplar 100, Peoria, IL 61614
5407 N University St, Poplar 100, Peoria, IL 61614


Michael J. Oyer, Director
Illinois Central College-North Campus-Poplar Hall
Office P100
Classroom P101
5407 N. University Street P100
Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan:
Heather Grove:

Freedom of Information

Instructor: Don Hays, Illinois Prosecutor Services

January 31, 2019
8am – 4pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: January 24, 2018
Course Size: Minimum -15, Maximum – 64
Course Objective

The Freedom of Information Presentation will contain a complete analysis of the current Freedom of Information Statute. This will include a detailed discussion of the terms and definitions listed in the Act. The Illinois Attorney General’s guide to the application of the Freedom of Information Act will be analyzed.

Course Content

This will include the Attorney General’s Opinions on this subject and their determinations of the various problems that arise in dealing with this subject. Relevant case law will be analyzed. Additionally, the Illinois Police Blotter Act and numerous other provisions that have been created to deal with this Act will be discussed and analyzed. Specific topics to be discussed include: the limitations of the Act, various definitions that must be considered, the time deadlines provided by the Act, and the various exclusions from the coverage of the Act. Various techniques in dealing with FOI requests will be discussed and the alternative methods of responding to these requests will be listed and analyzed. In addition, the Local Records Act will be discussed. “Local Records” will be defined. Guidelines for compliance with these provisions concerning both paper and electronic records will be discussed. The required methods of identifying, inventorying, and destroying local records will be analyzed.

Instructor Biography

Donald L. Hays has 28 years’ experience as a Lawyer and Trainer with the State of Illinois. Don has taught and continues to teach at most of the MTU’s in the State. In 2008, Don retired from the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutors Office. Don held the title of Senior Staff Counsel. In his retirement he is devoting most of his time to this site and continues to teach Police Officers and State’s Attorneys throughout the State.

Course Certification Information
MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been  approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Mobile In-Service Training Team #7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Meets mandatory guidelines set for the following:Civil Rights, Constitutional and Proper use of Law Enforcement Authority, Legal Updates, Use of Force (with scenario based training)