Freedom of Information Act

The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is to ensure that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government, and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials.  This law went into effect on January 1, 2010 as a result of legislation prepared by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois State Legislature.
 
The principle mandate of the Act provides that each public body shall make available to any person for inspection, or upon submission of a written request, to provide copies of any requested records that are subject to disclosure under the Act. Not all records are subject to disclosure, and the Act provides a number of exemptions.
 
This Act is not intended to be used to violate individual privacy, nor for the purpose of furthering a commercial enterprise, or to disrupt the duly-undertaken work of any public body independent of the fulfillment of any of the rights of the people to access to information (5 ILCS 140/1).
 
The Freedom of Information Act can be viewed in its entirety at the State of Illinois General Assembly website.
 
Additional FOIA information is available on the Illinois Attorney General's website.
 
INFORMATION TO CONSIDER PRIOR TO SUBMITTING A FOIA REQUEST
The information you are seeking may likely already be accessible on this website or by contacting the Jo Daviess County department or office directly, and most likely will not require you to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  Please visit the County Departments webpage for a directory of offices and departments.
 
Jo Daviess County only accepts written requests for records under FOIA.  Please use this FOIA Request Form when submitting a request.
 
Section 4 in the Act (5 ILCS 140/4) requires public bodies to post information about each department/office on its website.  Please use the links below to view department/office information.
 
 
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  • Administrator's Office FOIA posting 2022
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  • Animal Control FOIA posting 2022
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  • Assessment Office FOIA posting 2022
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  • Circuit Clerk FOIA posting 2022
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  • County Clerk & Recorder FOIA posting 2023
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  • GIS/IT Department FOIA posting 2023
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  • Health Department FOIA posting 2022
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  • Highway Department FOIA posting 2021
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  • Planning & Development FOIA posting 2022
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  • Probation FOIA posting 2022
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  • Sheriff's Office FOIA posting 2022
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  • States Attorney FOIA posting 2022
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  • Treasurer FOIA posting 2022
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