Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Resources

According to 5 ILCS 140 – Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), “Requests for inspection or copies shall be made in writing and directed to the public body. Written requests may be submitted to a public body via personal delivery, mail, telefax, or other means available to the public body.” This includes submitting a FOIA request via email to the public body.

5 ILCS 140 also states that “A public body may not require that a request be submitted on a standard form …” It is not necessary to use the form provided by a public body, and a public body is required by law to respond to requests stated in an email. Forms are usually burdensome, ask for unnecessary requester information (and web-forms may be used to collect user data), and may not provide the requester with proof of submission.

We suggest always submitting FOIA requests by email. No special language is needed, and a requester need not even mention “FOIA” or “Freedom of Information Act”. All that is required is that you ask for public records, which may include documents, emails, video, audio, text messages, and virtually anything that contains information.

Public bodies are not required to create documents which do not exist, or answer questions. However, the answer to a question can often be acquired by requesting the appropriate records. The public body is required to make a reasonable effort to locate records that fill your request.

Listed below are the email addresses for the FOIA officer or contact person for each public body.

City of UrbanaPhyllis D
City of Urbana FOIA OfficerRoss
Urbana Police Department FOIA OfficerAnthony
City of ChampaignShannon
Champaign Police DepartmentChristene
Champaign Fire Department (via City of Champaign)Shannon
Champaign Public LibraryFOIO
Champaign-Urbana Public Health DistrictPatricia
Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit DistrictFOIO
Illinois State PoliceSarah
Illinois Attorney GeneralFOIA
University of IllinoisKirsten
Champaign County Departments
Administrative ServicesSteve
Animal ControlFOIA
Board of HealthSteve
Board of ReviewJohn
Children's Advocacy CenterKari
County BoardKyle
County ClerkAaron
Emergency Management AgencyJohn
Highway DepartmentJeff
Information TechnologyM.C.
Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities BoardStephanie
Planning & ZoningJohn
Public PropertiesDana
Regional Planning CommissionMaurey
Sheriff's Office (Law Enforcement)Curt
Sheriff's Office (Jail, Corrections)Ryan
Champaign County State's Attorney's OfficeJulia
Champaign County State's Attorney's OfficeAndrew
Supervisor of AssessmentsPaula
TreasurerCassandra "CJ"
Veterans Assistance CommissionBrad