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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

FOIA is the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140), records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon written request. Pursuant to 5 ILCS 140, Section 2 ( c ), a public record is any records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, electronic communications recorded information and all other documentary materials pertaining to the transaction of public business, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared by or for, or having been or being used by, received by, in the possession of or under the control of any public body.

Some records are, however, not subject to release via the FOIA process; these types of records are described under 5 ILCS 140, Section 7 (1) (a) thru (y). And some records may also be subject to confidentiality provisions imposed by other state statutes; the FOIA process for disclosure of information does not supercede these other applicable statutory and judicial mandates.

How to submit a FOIA request:

The following information are instructions on how to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Illinois Office of the Lieutenant Governor:

  1. Please make your request in writing. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor does not require the completion of a standard form for this purpose. You may submit your written request by mail, fax or email. Please direct your request to:
    FOIA Officer—Ennedy Rivera
    Office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor
    JRTC, 100 West Randolph, Suite 15-200
    Chicago, IL 60601

    Fax: 312-814-5228
    E-mail: Ennedy.Rivera@illinois.gov
  2. Please be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. Remember, the Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of records. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions. To the extent that you wish to ask questions of a representative of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, you may call our Springfield Office at (217) 558-3085 or our Chicago Office at (312) 814-5240, to be directed to the proper person.
  3. Please tell us if you would like copies of the requested records, or whether you wish to examine the records in person. You have the right to either option.
  4. There is no fee for up to 50 pages of standard paper copies. For pages beyond 50 pages, there is a 15 cent per page charge.
  5. You are permitted to ask for a waiver of copying fees. To do so, please include the following statement (or a similar statement) in your written FOIA request: “I request a waiver of all fees associated with this request.” In addition, you must include a specific explanation as to why your request for information is in the public interest—not simply your personal interest—and merits a fee waiver.
  6. Please include your name, preferred telephone number(s), mailing address, and, if you wish, your electronic mail address.

Authority

This website information concerning the FOIA is being provided as required by Section 4 of the FOIA (5 ILCS 140/4). This website information may be revised and/or updated in the future.

Fees associated with FOIA

The first 50 pages of black and white, legal or letter sized copies of records requested are free. Anything that surpasses 50 pages is generally 15 cents per page. If, for some reason, copies of records are provided to a requester that is not on black and white, legal or letter sized paper, the Lieutenant Governor’s office will charge a fee that will not exceed the actual cost of reproduction.

For more information on the guidelines used to charge fees related to FOIA, please see Section 6 of the Act.