The Authority will respond to requests for information about its transactions, policy, operations, budget and programs.

All requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) must be submitted in writing.

You may mail or fax your request to:

FOIA Officer
Illinois Finance Authority
160 N. LaSalle St.,Ste. S-1000
Chicago, IL 60601
Fax: 312-651-1350

In your request, please provide the following:

  1. The Requestor's full name, address and phone number.
  2. If you are representing a company or organization, please submit the request on your organization's stationery. It is important to provide a way to reach you in case we have a question about your request. A phone number and/or email address is preferred.
  3. A brief description of the public records sought, being as specific as possible.
  4. Whether the request is for inspection of public records, copies of public records, or both. If you wish to inspect records, the Authority will arrange a mutually agreed upon time at the location of the FOIA officer, unless otherwise specified. If you wish copies of the records, the records will be released upon receipt of payment for the copies and any associated cost of delivery.
  5. If applicable, the maximum dollar amount that you are willing to spend for copies. If you have a limit, please let us know so that we can inform you if the response to your request will exceed your limit.

We have provided a sample letter, but it is not necessary.

IFA Response

The Authority's response will be in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The Act allows five (5) working days in which to respond to a request, plus an extension of five (5) working days for various circumstances. In addition, the Act describes when information is exempt from disclosure.

The complete Act can be found at the web site of the Office of the Attorney General:

Cost per copy is $0.10 The Authority will waive on a one-time basis the cost of copies in response to a FOIA request requiring 10 pages or less of hard copy. For responses with more than 10 pages, the charge is 10 cents per page.

The Authority charges $5.00 per CD-ROM.


In response to a specific request, the Authority will make records available for inspection for up to thirty (30) days after which time, if the inspection has not occurred, or the payment of the fee for copies of such records has not been received, or a mutually agreed upon arrangement has not been made with the Authority, the Authority will consider the request to be withdrawn.


The Authority provides records which are in its possession and responsive to a specific request, in accordance with the Act. These records may be incomplete or there may exist discrepancies, inconsistencies or typographical errors in the records. The Authority provides these records in the form in which we have them and, therefore, such records are provided on an "as is" basis. The Authority does not attempt to revise, update or correct any such records, and we specifically disclaim any duty to revise, update or correct the records in the future.

Appeal Process

With respect to any documents to which the Authority has denied access, the Act permits you to appeal such denial by sending a written notice of appeal to the Executive Director, or Authorized Officer, of the Authority within fourteen (14) working days of receipt of the Authority's Response. Upon receipt of such notice of appeal, the Executive Director, or Authorized Officer, will promptly review the public record and determine whether, under the provisions of the Act such record is open to inspection and copying. The Executive Director, or Authorized Officer, will notify you of his or her decision within seven (7) working days of receipt of the notice of the appeal.

IFA FOIA policy including compliance documents pursuant to ILCS 140/4 (from Ch. 116, par. 204) and ILCS 140/5 (from Ch. 116, par. 205)