Freedom of Information Act Records

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law is used 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. The Freedom of Information Act is also used to make sure that public employees are consistent with the terms of this Act. Additional information regarding FOIA can be found at the Illinois Attorney General's website.

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). Unless information falls within an express statutory exemption, it must be disclosed under FOIA (5 ILCS 140/3).

Record Requests

All requests for City records may be submitted to the City Manager's Office, except for Police Department records. Requests are accepted electronically (including using the FOIA Center, Email, and other electronic methods), by mail, fax, or in person.  To help us process requests for information, the City encourages the use of the FOIA Center.

Click HERE
 to submit a FOIA request using the DeKalb FOIA Center.  
There is no charge to view original documents in our office, or for copies of less than 50 letter or legal pages. 

FOIA Officers

FOIA officers are designated and trained to handle all FOIA requests for the City of DeKalb. All City of DeKalb FOIA Officers have participated in mandated training by the State of Illinois. 

Special Notes

  • A charge of $0.15 per page for requests that exceed 50 pages will be applied.
  • Additional charges can apply for larger format copies and electronic media requests.
  • Actual cost of reproduction for other copies (color, large format, etc.) regardless of number of pages produced will be applied.