How to use FOIA

Lisa Madigan’s revision of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act is the most important state legal reform of importance to citizen activists. Unfortunately, FOIA is already again under attack by opponents who want to weaken it. We are posting FOIA resources & FOIA news on this page in hopes of encouraging everyone to use to access information which should be public.

First, Here is an easy guide to contents of Revised IL FOIA Act:

For more specific information and help on getting information through the IL FOIA Act, contact the State of IL Attorney General’s Office (Lisa Madigan) at:

Chicago Main Office
100 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-3000
TTY: 1-800-964-3013
Springfield Main Office
500 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1090
TTY: 1-877-844-5461
Carbondale Main Office
1001 East Main Street
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 529-6400/6401
TTY: 1-877-675-9339
Chicago West Regional Office
306 N. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 265-8808
East Central Illinois Regional Office
1776 E. Washington St.
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 278-3366
TTY: (217) 278-3371
Chicago South Regional Office
7906 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 488-2600
Northern Illinois Regional Office
Zeke Giorgi Center
200 South Wyman St.
Suite 307
Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 967-3883
TTY: (815) 967-3891
West Central Illinois Regional Office
628 Maine Street
Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 223-2221
TTY: (217) 223-2254
Metro East Illinois Regional Office
201 West Pointe Drive
Suite 7
Belleville, IL 62226
(618) 236-8616
TTY: (618) 236-8619

or check out her web resource page for using the FOIA:

Madigan’s website contains the following two guides to using the FOIA:

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    The purpose of this Guide to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act is intended to be a helpful contribution in ensuring open and honest government in

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    1/4/2010 1 Illinois Freedom of Information Act Frequently Asked

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    The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is designed to ensure that Illinois residents can obtain information about their government.

Other Internet Resources and Perspectives on the FOIA:

Illinois Freedom of Information Act – Sunshine Review

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act, or Illinois FOIA, is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of…/Illinois_Freedom_of_Information_Act


Freedom of Information Act – The Illinois Workers’ Compensation

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The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and the Freedom of Information Act

. The Commission operates the state court system for workers’ compensation

FOIA REQUESTS – Welcome to the Illinois Criminal Justice

The public may access ICJIA records and documentation by submitting a request pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140).…FOIACachedSimilar

Chicago To Post FOIA Requests Online | Progress Illinois

May 13, 2010 While a new state law requires local governments to maintain a log of all Freedom of Information Act requests, Mayor Richard Daley announced…/chicago-post-foia-applications-onlineCached

Illinois FOIA weakens as public employee reviews become exempt

May 4, 2010 Since changes to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act went into effect January 1 of this year, several groups have been working to…/illinoisfoia-weakens-as-public-employee-reviews-become-exempt-opponents-get-small-victory/Cached

Illinois Issues blog: Lawmakers approve FOIA exemptions

Apr 29, 2010 The House approved the FOIA changes on March 11 , and the Senate approved the measure today. Posted by Illinois Issues Statehouse bureau at…/lawmakers-approve-foia-exemptions.htmlCached,0,4200338.story,0,4816172.story

Illinois Court Distinguishes FOIA Precedent and Requires

Feb 8, 2010 The Rockford (Illinois) Police Department commissioned a 2007 survey by Rockford College of uniform and non-uniform Department personnel,…/illinois-court-distinguishes-foia-precedent-and-requires-disclosure-of-police-survey-under-illinois-law/Cached

Our Opinion: FOIA should apply to police

“…In one sense, Quinn on Monday stood up for openness in Illinois government and struck down a bill that would have severely weakened the revised Freedom of Information Act that went into effect Jan. 1…But in the next paragraph of his veto message, Quinn proposes to prohibit the release of evaluations of all law enforcement officers in the state…If disclosed, these evaluations could be used by criminal suspects or defendants to undermine a police investigation or attack the credibility and integrity of a police officer,” Quinn wrote. He said that by exempting law enforcement evaluations from public scrutiny, he is “ensuring and promoting public safety while maintaining the integrity of the criminal justice system…”

Posted Jul 28, 2010 @ 12:03 AM
  1. jimmy says:

    who would I write to for early release of my son who is Sheridan correctional center idoc . he has a good home to come to. a job waiting for him with goeble forming inc, I was told by the owner when he is released to come back to work the next day. he is a local 502 cement mason/ journeyman


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