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Illinois Freedom of Information Act

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure.

Exemptions are described under 5 ILCS 140, Section 7 and Section 7.5.  In addition, some records may be subject to confidentiality provisions imposed by other state or federal laws; the FOIA process for disclosure of information does not supersede these other applicable statutory and judicial mandates.

The Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow a person to inspect or receive copies of records.  It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions.  For general questions regarding the Chicago Heights Park District, call (708) 755-1351.

How to Submit a FOIA Request

FOIA requests must be in writing.  Please include the following:

  • Requestor’s name, mailing address and daytime telephone number
  • A description of the records that are being requested.
    Please be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. 
  • Indicate how you would like the documents sent to you: via email, regular mail, fax or made available for pickup at Chicago Heights Park District headquarters (address below).

FOIA requests can be mailed or dropped off in person to:



1400 Chicago Road

Chicago Heights, IL 60411

(708) 755-1351