Freedom of Information Act

Before you submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, please review the following programs records that have historically attracted public interest:

Illinois’ FOIA Law

5 ILCS 140/1

FOIA Request Process

For a listing of FOIA document categories within the Illinois Department of Commerce, please view the Statutorily Required Reports PDF

The Department will respond to all FOIA requests. Requests should include a clear and concise statement of the documents needed, as well as your contact information, including an email address if possible. This helps us respond faster and within the timeframe the law requires.

All FOIA requests should be submitted to, regardless of whether programs you’re inquiring about are managed from our Chicago, Springfield, or other offices.