Illinois Freedom of Information Act Request Form

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Freedom of Information Act


Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, any person can request public records but those records must not be used to advance a commercial enterprise, violate individual privacy, or disrupt the public body. Agencies have five days to deny or comply with a written request for public records.This is a template form for requesting public records in Illinois in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Name of State Act:

Freedom of Information Act

  • Exemptions:

    Personnel information, disciplinary actions, vulnerability assessments, and more

  • Response Time:

    5 Business Days

  • Restrictions

    Requests cannot further commercial enterprise, violate individual privacy, or disrupt the day-to-day working of public body

Frequently Asked Questions about

Illinois Freedom of Information Act Request Form

We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.

Who is subject to FOIA? 

Public bodies are subject to FOIA. The judiciary is not subject to FOIA, but court records and proceedings generally are open to the public.

Can the public body ask me why I want the information? 

No, except to determine if the request is for commercial reasons. See below for more details on commercial requests.

Can a public body charge for electronic copies? 

Yes, but only the actual cost of the recording medium. For example, if information is produced on CDs, the public body may only charge the actual cost of purchasing the CDs.

Can I request the documents in electronic form? 

Yes, and the public body must provide you those electronic documents in your requested format, if that is feasible for the public body. If that format is not available to the public body, they must provide the documents in the electronic format in which they are kept or in paper, at the option of the requester.

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