As a general rule,
the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) does not require a public body to
create records – instead, it requires a public body to provide access to
records the public body already has in its possession or under its control,
subject to applicable exemptions. However, there are a few provisions in FOIA that
do require the creation, retention, and, in some cases, the posting of certain
records by public bodies. These requirements are listed below:
of documents or categories of records that are immediately disclosable upon
list of all types or categories of records under the control of the public
description of the manner in which electronic records will be provided to
persons who do not have reasonable access to computers or printers.
brief description of the public body.
short summary of the public body’s purpose.
block diagram of its functional subdivisions.
amount of the operating budget.
and location of the public body’s offices.
number of full and part time employees.
of all advisory boards, commissions, committees, or councils.
of the method by which persons can file FOIA requests.
of FOIA Officers.
where FOIA requests can be directed.