FOIA Policy: Highway Department

Shields Township Highway Department's Purpose: To maintain the unincorporated roads and rights-of-way within the road district.

Employees: The Road District has one full-time employee.

How to Submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request: The information you are seeking may likely already be available on this website or on the Lake County website ( and may not require you to submit a Freedom of Information Act Request.

If you would like to submit a FOIA request, please read the information below.

Methods to Request Information and Public Records: Please complete the FOIA Request Form (available here or at the Shields Township Highway Department office) and mail, fax, or hand deliver to the attention of Rob Beake, Shields Township FOIA Officer. Pursuant to 5ILCS 140/3/.1, the requestor must state whether the requested documents will be used for commercial purposes. The requestor will be notified as soon as the documents are available for inspection and/or copying.

Illinois state law does not require you to submit your request on a standard form, but the request needs to be in writing. The letter must include the information you are requesting, your name, address, date, and daytime phone number so the Shields Township Highway Department can contact you if there are any questions.

Copy Fees:

  • First 50 letter/legal pages are free (black and white)
  • 15 cents per page thereafter (black and white)
  • For color or unusual size copies, the actual cost of copying will apply

Records Maintained:

  • Permits issued
  • Business records created in our office