Introduction to Freedom of Information (FOIA)
FOIA is the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140), records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon written request. Pursuant to 5 ILCS 140, Section 2 ( c ), a public record is any records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, electronic communications recorded information and all other documentary materials pertaining to the transaction of public business, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared by or for, or having been or being used by, received by, in the possession of or under the control of any public body.
Some records are, however, not subject to release via the FOIA process; these types of records are described under 5 ILCS 140, Section 7 (1) (a) thru (y). And some records may also be subject to confidentiality provisions imposed by other state statutes; the FOIA process for disclosure of information does not supercede these other applicable statutory and judicial mandates.
How to submit a FOIA request:
To access information from the Department of Children and Family Services, please submit a written request by means of facsimile, the US mail or special carrier, or email to the Freedom of Information Officer. A written request will ensure proper compliance with the requirements of the Act.
Requests can be addressed to:
Facsimile number: 312-814-7092
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
ATTN: FOIA Officer
JRTC, 100 West Randolph, Suite 6-100
Chicago, IL 60601
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services does not require that FOIA requests be submitted in any particular form. However, we strongly prefer that your request, at a minimum, includes the phrase “Freedom of Information Act” or “FOIA”; contains a description of the types of records sought; and contains contact information so we may follow up to clarify or narrow a request if necessary. Furthermore, although we will take written requests via regular mail, fax or hand delivery, we strongly prefer you submit your written request via email.
This website information concerning the FOIA is being provided as required by Section 4 of the FOIA (5 ILCS 140/4). This website information may be revised and/or updated in the future.
here to read the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.