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Guides to Illinois Open Meetings, FOIA

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Guide To The Illinois Open Meetings Act

5 ILCS 120

LISA MADIGAN  Attorney General  State of Illinois

REVISED   8/2004

 

In its present form, the Act is designed to ensure that public business is conducted in public view, by prohibiting secret deliberations and actions on matters that should be discussed in a public forum. It also balances the competing interests of government officials to discusssensitive matters candidly with the public’s right to be informed about how its government operates. The purpose of this Guide to the Illinois Open Meetings Act is intended to be a helpful contribution in ensuring open and honest government in every corner of Illinois.

 

www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/government/openmeet.pdf

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Illinois Freedom of Information Act

Frequently Asked Questions By the Public

 

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. The premise behind FOIA is that the public has a right to know what the government is doing. 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).

 

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/government/FAQ_FOIA_Public.pdf

      

    FOIA Contact Information by City Department

    All FOIA requests must be submitted directly to the appropriate City Department.  Below is a list of City Departments with their contact information and a link to each Department's FOIA page.

    Please remember to include the name, mailing address, and daytime phone number of the requestor, along with a description of the records being requested.

    Department Name FOIA Email Address
    Mayor's Office MOfoia@cityofchicago.org
    311 311foia@cityofchicago.org
    Administrative Hearings AHfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Animal Care and Control ACCfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Aviation CDAfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Board of Ethics BOEfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Budget & Management OBMfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Buildings DOBfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Business Affairs & Consumer Protection BACPfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Chicago Public Library CPLfoia@cityofchicago.org
    City Clerk ClerkFOIA@cityofchicago.org
    Compliance OCXfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Cultural Affairs and Special Events DCAfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Emergency Management & Communication OEMCfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Family & Support Services FSSfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Finance DOFfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Fire CFDfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Fleet and Facility Management 2fmfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Health CDPHfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Housing and Economic Development HEDfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Human Relations CCHRfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Human  Resources DHRfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Independent Police Review Authority FOIA.Officer@iprachicago.org
    Innovation & Technology DOITfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Inspector General's Office IGOFOIA@chicagoinspectorgeneral.org
    Law LAWfoia@cityofchicago.org
    License Appeal Commission LACfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities MOPDfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Police CPDfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Police Board CPBfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Procurement Services DPSfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Streets & Sanitation DSSfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Transportation CDOTfoia@cityofchicago.org
    Water Management DWMfoia@cityofchicago.org
        

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