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A Guide to the Illinois FOIA (2004)

A Guide to the Illinois FOIA (2004)

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Illinois Freedom of Information Act Request
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A GUIDE TO THE ILLINOIS FREEDOMOF INFORMATION ACTLISA MADIGANAttorney GeneralState of Illinois
REVISED9/2004Printed by Authority of the State of Illinois
 
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A Message from the Attorney General.................................................4Introduction...........................................................................................5I.Summary of the Act: What does the Act Require?..............................7II.Which agencies or bodies are subject to therequirements of the Act?.......................................................................8III.What types of records must be made available tothe public?..............................................................................................9IV.What types of records are exempt from publicinspection?...........................................................................................13V.May records be withheld solely because they are to be used for a commercial purpose?.....................................................27VI.Who has the right to inspect public records? .....................................28VII.Does the Freedom of Information Act determine how public records must be maintained?....................................................28VIII.Does the Act require the production of newtypes of documents?............................................................................28IX.Does the Act apply to public records compiled before the Act took effect?..................................................................31X.How is a request for public records made to a public body?..............31XI.How must a public body comply with a request fo public records?....................................................................................33XII.What procedures must a public body follow in denyinga request for public records? ..............................................................33XIII.How can the denial of a request for public records be appealed?........................................................................................34
 
3XIV.How much time does a public body have to process arequest for public records?...................................................................36XV.Other Frequently Asked Questions .....................................................38XVI.Suggestions for implementing the Freedom of Information Act ...................................................................................39XVI.Text of the Act.....................................................................................42XVII.Sample FOIA Request Letter..............................................................56XVIII.Sample FOIA Appeal Letter...............................................................57

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