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FOIA -- Request For Public Records

Procedures to Obtain Records Under the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)


  • To make a FOIA request, it must be in writing. 
  • Be specific in what information you want.  State if you want a cost estimate in advance. 

About FOIA


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute (5 ILCS 140/1-140/11) that provides for a straight-forward, easy-to-use method for the public to gain access government records. Any person who wishes to inspect and/or obtain copies of public records from the County of DeKalb shall follow the rules below, in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, effective July 1, 1984.

Frequently Asked Questions About FOIA .pdf  (taken from the Illinois Attorney General's Website) 

Additional information about FOIA -(Illinois Attorney General's Website)