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Freedom of Information Act

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public with the right to access government documents and records. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject, and the public body must provide those records unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure (for example, records containing information concerning trade secrets or personal privacy).


Exemptions are described under 5 ILCS 140, Section 7 and Section 7.5. In addition, some records may be subject to confidentiality provisions imposed by other state or federal laws. The FOIA process for disclosure of information does not supersede these other applicable statutory and judicial mandates.

The Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow a person to inspect or receive copies of records. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions. 


Please click on the link below for information regarding submitting a FOIA request.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)