News media, non-profit, scientific, or academic organization requests shall not be considered to be made for a commercial purpose when the principal purpose of the request is:
- to access and disseminate information concerning news and current or passing events,
- for articles of opinion or features of interest to the public,
- for the purpose of academic, scientific, or public research or education.
A request for information that is not for one of the above reasons and is not otherwise a commercial request will be treated as a non-commercial request. If CTPF determines that a request is a commercial request, the request will be treated as a commercial request in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, even if the request is made through the Non-Commercial Request Submittal Form.
A commercial request is when any part of a record requested, or information derived from the records requested, in any form is used for sale, resale, or solicitation or advertisement for sales or services.
Please see FOIA/Public Records Request Information if you have questions regarding fees, response time, information exempt by law, or other information related to FOIA/Public Records requests.