TITLE 44: GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS, GRANTMAKING, PROCUREMENT AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
SUBTITLE C: GOVERNMENTAL RECORDS
CHAPTER V: LOCAL RECORDS COMMISSION OF COOK COUNTY
PART 4500 LOCAL RECORDS COMMISSION OF COOK COUNTY
SECTION 4500.40 PROCEDURES FOR THE PHYSICAL DESTRUCTION OR OTHER DISPOSITION OF RECORDS PROPOSED FOR DISPOSAL
Section 4500.40 Procedures for the Physical Destruction or Other Disposition of Records Proposed for Disposal
a) Subject to statutory provisions, agencies may dispose of records authorized for disposal by the Commission.
b) All records for which disclosure is prohibited by law that contain social security, driver's license or State identification numbers, or that identify a person by name and birth date, must be destroyed by a lawful, secure manner that does not allow for the reconstruction or reuse of the original record information.
1) Approved methods of destruction for paper based records for which disclosure is prohibited by law or that identify a person include: burning; shredding, in which either a crosscut shredder cutting to a maximum width of 3/8 inches or an industrial sized strip cut shredder is used, if it is incorporated with a baler or the shredded paper is further destroyed; pulping using standard wet process pulpers; or pulverizing using a dry destruction process that may include the use of hammer mills, choppers, huggers or disintegrating equipment.
2) Approved methods of destruction for non-paper based records for which disclosure is prohibited by law or that identify a person include: burning in a pyrolytic furnace or other incinerator or incendiary device; destroying in a dry pulverizing system; shredding; grinding, which is defined as abrading through the surface of an optical disc (compact disc); milling; knurling; disintegration; or degaussing. Computer software or hardware must be overwritten, erased or wiped/sanitized in a manner that prevents retrieval.
3) The handling and transportation of the records designated for destruction must be done in a reasonably secure manner that is designed to prevent public access to the records.
c) Thirty days prior to disposal or destruction of any records, regardless of physical format or characteristics, the agency shall submit a Local Records Disposal Certificate to the Commission and proceed with disposal only after a copy of that certificate has been reviewed and approved by the Chairman and returned to the agency. The original copy of this Local Records Disposal Certificate will be kept in the files of the Commission and the duplicate copy approved and returned by the Chairman shall be retained by the agency.
d) In the case of records with scheduled retention of less than one year, a single Local Records Disposal Certificate may be used for more than one disposal event within a given year. Local Records Disposal Certificates submitted with this intent must include a schedule of proposed records disposal in addition to the normally required information. Agencies may not proceed with disposal of records until receipt of approval from the Commission, as delineated in subsection (c).
e) If an agency's records have been damaged by water, fire, smoke, insects or vermin, mold or some other natural disaster that poses a health or safety risk to employees, that agency may apply to the Commission for permission to dispose of those records ahead of their scheduled disposal date. The request must include a Local Records Disposal Certificate accompanied by the agency's explanation of why the records need to be disposed of early. The Commission may grant the request only after physically reviewing the damaged records.
(Source: Amended at 39 Ill. Reg. 3094, effective February 11, 2015)