I’m writing in order to file a public records request in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and City of Evanston FOIA Policy, effective January 1, 2010. The act states that “pursuant to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of government, it is declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of this Act.” (§ 5 ILCS 140/1)
As such, I am requesting access to the following public records:
- Any communications or data detailing the number of homeless residents who have contracted COVID-19 or been tested for the virus.
- Any communications or data related to city-funded housing of homeless residents during the pandemic, which may include but is not limited to, the amount of homeless residents being housed by the city, the locations in which they are housed and the approximate cost per resident.
- Any relevant communications or data relating to the scope of COVID-19 testing in Evanston. This could include, but is not limited to, information about how many tests have been administered, the rate of positive tests, the number of positive tests and the requirements for which a person falls under to be counted as an Evanston resident.
By law, the City of Evanston must respond to this request within five working days. Please notify me within five working days if an extension is required, preferably by email (Evanston FOIA § 1-C-3). Please deliver this information electronically as to avoid unnecessary reproduction costs (Evanston FOIA § 1-C-5). As this request does not include personally-identifying information and is therefore not an invasion of personal privacy, it is not exempt from release (§ 5 ILCS 140/7). This request is not for commercial purposes (Evanston FOIA § 1-C-4).