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. The access to this information is not intended to be used to violate individual privacy, nor to further a commercial enterprise, nor to disrupt the duly-undertaken work of any public body independent of the fulfillment of any of rights of the people to access to information.
Information collected and received through the Illinois Department of Agriculture web site may become public record and therefore subject to disclosure under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. It is therefore the policy of the State of Illinois that no personal information you provide to us, including, but not limited to, your name, address, telephone number, drivers license number, Social Security Number and email address will be sold or rented to any entity or individual or disclose to unauthorized entity or individual. The release of personal information by the Department shall be limited, according to Illinois law, to the State of Illinois government agencies and/or to authorized Department contractors or grantees.
"Private information" is defined in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act as "unique identifiers, including a person's social security number, driver's license number, employee identification number, biometric identifiers... home or personal telephone numbers, and personal email addresses. Private information also includes home addresses and personal license plates." (5 ILCS 140/2(c-5)). We collect no private information about you unless you voluntarily participate in an activity that asks for information (e.g., sending an e-mail or participating in a survey).
If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other feature of the Department of Agriculture website. If private information is requested on the website or volunteered by the user, State law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law.
Policies for Individuals Under the Age of 13
The State of Illinois is committed to complying fully with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Accordingly, if you are under the age of 13, you are not authorized to provide us with personally identifying information, and we will not use any such information in our database or other data collection activities. We appreciate your cooperation with this federally mandated requirement. Users are cautioned that the collection of information volunteered by children on-line or by e-mail will be treated the same as information given by an adult and may be subject to public access.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture analyzes our website logs to continually improve the value of the materials available on our site. Our web site logs are not personally identifiable.
Information Retained and How It Is Used
If during your visit to the Illinois Department of Agriculture website, you browse or download information, two types of information about your visit will be retained: internet protocol (IP) address, and type of web browser used. Unique IP addresses are counted to determine the number of visitors to each webpage during specific time frames. Analysis of the number of visitors helps to determine how, where or if the page will be delivered in the future. The type of web browser used (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.) is noted because webpages do not always display the same on every type or version of web browser and thus must be coded for appropriate access.
During your visit to the Illinois Department of Agriculture website, you may participate in a survey or send an e-mail. Those types of correspondence and their contents will be retained by the Department. If you send an email, that correspondence may become part of the public record. If you participate in a survey, any information you volunteered in response to the survey will be retained. Survey information is used for the purpose designated. The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats that you have provided.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture does not currently utilize cookie technology on this web site.
Access to the Illinois Department of Agriculture web site is provided subject to the following terms and conditions. Please read these terms carefully as use of these sites constitutes acceptance of all of the following terms and conditions:
Disclaimer of Liability
Neither the State of Illinois nor any of its employees shall be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained herein and assumes no responsibility for anyone's use of the information. In no event shall the State web site or its employees be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement or substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this system, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.
This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury, including but not limited to those caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract, tortuous behavior, negligence or under any other cause of action.
Disclaimer of Warranties and Accuracy of Data
Although the data found using the Illinois Department of Agriculture access systems have been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information. This disclaimer applies to both isolated and aggregate uses of the information. The State provides this information on an "as is" basis. All warranties of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from contamination by computer viruses and non-infringement of proprietary rights are disclaimed.
Changes may be periodically made to the information herein; these changes may or may not be incorporated in any new version of the publication. If you have obtained information from any of the State's web pages from a source other than the State pages, be aware that electronic data can be altered subsequent to original distribution. Data can also quickly become out of date. It is recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of any data associated with a file, and that the originator of the data or information be contacted with any questions regarding appropriate use.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
The Illinois Department of Agriculture is a distributor of content sometimes supplied by third parties and users. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, users, or others, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and do not necessarily state or reflect those of the State of Illinois and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State.
Disclaimer of External Links
The Illinois Department of Agriculture web site contains links to other related World Wide Web Internet sites and resources. The State of Illinois is not responsible for the contents of any off-site pages referenced. The user specifically acknowledges that the State is not liable for the defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of other users, links, or third parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user.
Links from the Illinois Department of Agriculture's web pages on the World Wide Web to other sites do not constitute an endorsement from the State. These links are provided as an information service only. It is the responsibility of the web surfer to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other sites. Since the Illinois Department of Agriculture web site is not responsible for the availability of these outside resources or their contents, you should direct any concerns regarding any external link to its site administrator or webmaster.
Disclaimer of Duty to Continue Provision of Data
Due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, resources that are free and publicly available one day may require a fee or restricted access the next, and the location of items may change as menus, home pages, and files are reorganized. The user expressly agrees that use of the Illinois Department of Agriculture's web site is at the user's sole risk. The Department does not warrant that the service will be uninterrupted or error free.
The documents and related graphics published on this server could contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to the information herein. The State and/or its respective agencies and programs may make improvements and/or changes in the information and/or programs described herein at any time.
Choice of Law
Construction of the disclaimers above and resolution of disputes thereof are governed by the laws of the State of Illinois. The laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A., shall apply to all uses of this data and this system. By use of this system and any data contained therein, the user agrees that use shall conform to all applicable laws and regulations and user shall not violate the rights of any third parties.