Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140), records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon written request. Pursuant to 5 ILCS 140, Section 2 (c), a public record is "all records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, recorded information and all other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared, or having been or being used, received, possessed or under the control of any public body."

Some records are, however, not subject to release via the FOIA process. These types of records are described under 5 ILCS 140, Sections 2.15, 7, and 7.5. Some records may also be subject to provisions imposed by other state statutes. The FOIA process for disclosure of information does not supersede other applicable statutory and judicial mandates.

This Web site information concerning the FOIA is being provided as required by Section 4 and 5 of the FOIA (5 ILCS 140/4).


To access information from IDHHC, please submit a written request by means of facsimile, the U.S. mail or special carrier, or e-mail to the Freedom of Information Officer. A written request is required to ensure proper compliance with the requirements of FOIA.

Requests can be addressed to:

Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission
Attn:  Tonia R. Bogener, IDHHC FOIA Officer
528 South Fifth Street, Suite 209
Springfield, Illinois 62701

Facsimile number: 217-557-4492


Many of IDHHC’s records are available on its website.  IDHHC maintains the following categories of records:

  • Boards and Commissions Documents
  • Publications, Brochures and Forms
  • Sign Language Interpreter Licensure Information
  • General Correspondence & Office Documents
  • Human Resources and Personnel
  • Legislative & Rule Making Documents
  • Procurements and Related Contracts
  • Reports (General and Mandated)