Freedom of Information Act

Request Information and Fees

Any person may obtain public records for inspection or copying, in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, by submitting a request, preferably in writing or on the CCFPD Public Records Examination Request form, to the designated Freedom of Information Officer of the District.

The requested records will be supplied within five working days after receipt of the request as required by the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Under certain conditions permitted by law, the CCFPD may extend this time limit by another five working days. In the event that the Request for Public Records cannot be complied with, a written denial will be sent to the person making the request within five working days after receipt of the request or ten working days in case of an extension, specifying the reasons for the denial. This denial notice will also include information of the right to review by the Public Access Counselor or judicial review.

Fee Schedule

Document Requirements Cost
First 50 pages of black and white, letter or legal size No charge
Each additional page over 50 pages $0.15 per page
Color or oversize copies Actual cost of reproduction
Recording medium (disc, tape, thumb drive) $1.00 per document
Certification of document $1.00 per document
First eight (8) hours of search and research No Charge
Each additional hour of search and research over eight (8) $10.00 per hour
Off-site retreival and transport Actual Cost

Contact Us

Angie Clayton
FOIA Officer
Champaign County Forest Preserve District
PO Box 1040
Mahomet, IL 61853
217-586-5724 (fax)

Email Us

Executive Director

Lorrie Pearson

Freedom of Information Officer

Angie Clayton
[email protected]

Lisa Sprinkle
[email protected]

About the Preserve District


The purposes of the CCFPD are set forth in the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act (70 ILCS 805/5 et seq.)

Mission statement: Protect Champaign County's natural and cultural resources and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world.

Vision: Protecting Nature. Creating Connections.

Functional Subdivisions

View a block diagram of the functional subdivisions of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.

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The total amount of the FY2023 operating budget of the CCFPD is $13,203,531.

For the most update to date information on our Budget please visit our District Finances.


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Location Address
CCFPD Mailing Address PO Box 1040, Mahomet, IL 61853 [email protected]
CCFPD District Headquarters Office 109 S Lake of the Woods Rd, Mahomet, IL 61853
Lake of the Woods Golf Course 405 N Lake of the Woods Rd, Mahomet, IL
Museum of the Grand Prairie 900 N Lombard, Mahomet, IL
Natural Resources/Forestry 650 N Lombard, Mahomet, IL
Botanical Garden Office 650 N Lombard, Mahomet, IL
Lake of the Woods Operations/Construction 650 N Lombard, Mahomet, IL
River Bend Forest Preserve 1602 Mid America Rd, Mahomet, IL
Sangamon River Forest Preserve 2797 County Road 600 E, Fisher, IL
Middle Fork River Forest Preserve Office 3433 County Road 2700 E, Penfield, IL
Middle Fork River Preserve and Campground 3485 County Road 2700 E, Penfield, IL
Homer Lake Forest Preserve Office 2573 S Homer Lake Rd, Homer, IL
Homer Lake Interpretive Center 2573 S Homer Lake Rd, Homer, IL

The CCFPD employs approximately 55 full-time, 12 part-time, and 90 seasonal employees.

Staff Directory

Board and Committees

The CCFPD is governed by a five-member nonpartisan Board of Commissioners. Commissioners are appointed by the Champaign County Board for unpaid five-year terms.

Board of Commissioners
  • Bill Goodman
  • Gregg Knott
  • Bobbie Herakovich
  • Andrew Kerins
  • Wendy Hundley
Foundation Board
  • Will Timmons, Chairman
  • Matt Hausman, Vice President 
  • Roger Laramee, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Vallowe, Secretary
  • Rod Beyers
  • Carter Billingsley
  • Nancy Guebelle
  • Brendan McGinty
  • Merry Mitchell
  • Dan Noel
  • Rachel Smith-Bolton
  • Mary Ellen Wuellner
  • Sarah Livesay
  • Greg Knott, CCFPD Board Liaison
  • Lorrie Pearson, Executive Director CCFPD
Museum Advisory Committee
  • Betty Wendland
  • Patricia Miller
  • Barbara Wysocki
  • Barbara Oehlschlaeger-Garvey
  • Tom Meachum
  • Dan Olson

Records Maintained

The categories of records under the control of the CCFPD include the following:

  • Accident Reports
  • Accounts Payable
  • Administrative Manuals
  • Agendas
  • Agreements
  • Annual Appropriations Ordinance
  • Audit Reports
  • Bid Documents
  • Brochures
  • Budget Book
  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Data Processing Records
  • Easements
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Names & Salaries
  • Employee Titles
  • Employment Dates
  • Equipment Maintenance Records
  • Expenditures
  • Fixed Asset Records
  • Grant Files
  • Incident Reports
  • Insurance Claims & Policies
  • Inventories
  • Investment Records
  • Land Acquisition Records
  • Legislation Files
  • Licenses
  • Litigation Records
  • Maps
  • Meeting Dates Resolution
  • Meeting Notices
  • Minutes
  • Newsletters
  • Ordinances & Resolutions
  • Payment Vouchers
  • Payroll Records
  • Permits Personnel Files
  • Photographs
  • Plans & Specifications
  • Policies
  • Preserve Statistics/History
  • Press Releases
  • Procedures
  • Program Descriptions/Schedules
  • Project Files
  • Proposals & Bids
  • Public Hearing Minutes
  • Purchase Orders
  • Recordings
  • Reports
  • Safety Records
  • Scripts
  • Studies
  • Surveys
  • Vehicle Maintenance Records
  • Volunteer Opportunities/Statistics

Pursuant to Section 3.5 of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 14/3.5), the following records will be immediately disclosed upon request:

  • Agendas
  • Approved Open Session Minutes
  • Ordinances
  • Resolutions