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

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

You may email, 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.
    If you are representing a company or organization, 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.
  2. A brief description of the public records sought, being as specific as possible.
  3. 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. (See NOTE below)
  4. 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) business days in which to respond to a request, plus an extension of not more than five (5) business 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 50 pages or less of hard copy. For responses with more than 50 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 file a request for review with the Public Access Conselor within the Office of the Attorney General no later than 60 days after the date of the denial. This request must be submitted in writing, signed by the requester, and include a copy of the request and any responses from the Authority. (5 ILCS 140/9.5(a)). In addition, you have the right to seek judicial review of a denied FOIA request. (5 ILCS 140/11(a), (b)).