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Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act & Access to Public Records

In accordance with the State of Illinois Freedom of Information Act and Creston Community Consolidated School District 161 Board of Education Policy, the district’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer, Nicole Zellmer, will respond to requests from anyone desiring to inspect and/or copy a district public record. Requests will be approved, unless the requested material is (a) not a “public record” as defined by Policy 2:250; (b) exempt from inspection and copying by the Freedom of Information Act or any other state or federal law; or (c) not required to be preserved or cataloged. Also, FOIA requests can be denied if complying would be unduly burdensome.

The Creston CCSD 161 Board of Education and administration believes in complete transparency and posts a wide range of public documents on its website at, including current and past meeting agendas and minutes, employee contracts and salary information, contracts exceeding $25,000, the current fiscal year budget, detailed monthly disbursements and the most recent annual financial report and the annual statement of affairs.

If any information needed is not readily available online, please submit a FOIA request to Nicole Zellmer, the district’s FOIA officer or by sending a fax request to (815)384-3410 or email to with the subject line FOIA request. Please provide a specific description of the records requested. If you have any questions about filing a FOIA request, please call (815)384-3920.Please click here for a frequently asked questions (FAQ) publication from the Illinois Attorney General’s office about the Illinois FOIA law.