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Guides to Illinois Open Meetings, FOIA


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.


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).


    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
    Administrative Hearings
    Animal Care and Control
    Board of Ethics
    Budget & Management
    Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
    Chicago Public Library
    City Clerk
    Cultural Affairs and Special Events
    Emergency Management & Communication
    Family & Support Services
    Fleet and Facility Management
    Housing and Economic Development
    Human Relations
    Human  Resources
    Independent Police Review Authority
    Innovation & Technology
    Inspector General's Office
    License Appeal Commission
    Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
    Police Board
    Procurement Services
    Streets & Sanitation
    Water Management

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