It is the public policy of this State that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business.
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides public access to government documents and records. The Illinois FOIA notes that it is "the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of this Act. Such access is necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest."
An open, honest and accountable government - the cornerstone of a democracy - can be achieved only through the free and open exchange of information between government and the public.
Section 5 ILCS 140/3.5 of the act requires the KCHA to make available a list of documents or categories of records that can be disclosed immediately upon request. The items listed below constitute many but not all of the records that are immediately available.
FOAI Requests may be denied for the following reasons (5 ILCS 140/7):
A person whose request to inspect or copy a public record is denied by a public body may file a request for review with the Public Access Counselor established in the Illinois Office of the Attorney General not later than 60 days after the date of the final denial. The request for review must be in writing, signed by the requester, and include (i) a copy of the request for access to records and (ii) any responses from the public body. (5 ILCS 140/9.5)
The Attorney General appointed Sarah Pratt to the position of Public Access Counselor. Her contact information is:
Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Fax: (217) 782-1396
Submitting a FOIA request is easy! Simply scroll down to complete our online FOIA Request Form, or click the button below to download a PDF fillable version of the KCHA FOIA Request.