What is considered a Public Record?

“Public records” are defined in FOIA as “all records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, 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.” (5 ILCS 140/2(c)) Given this broad definition, FOIA is intended to cover any document, regardless of form, that pertains to government business.

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1. What is considered a Public Record?
2. How do I submit a FOIA Request
3. What information should I include in my request?
4. Is my request a commercial request?
5. How long will it take to get a response?
6. Is there a fee?
7. What information is exempt from requests?