Records Division

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Fax:  309-478-5612

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure.
  • Traffic Accident Reports ($5.00 each, no FOIA required)
  • Traffic Accident Reconstruction reports ($20.00 each, no FOIA required)

Crash reports are available on buycrash.com.

Request for Public Info
The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office has appointed a FOIA Officer to provide public records as expeditiously and efficiently as possible under the law.

A specific line item in the current budget has not been established to meet the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

The following records are readily available to the public:
  • Sheriff’s Budget
How to File a FOIA Request
The following are instructions on how to file a FOIA request:
  1. To ensure that you preserve all of your rights under the Freedom of Information Act, you should file a written request for documents known as a Freedom of Information Request (FOIA). Address the request to the FOIA Officer of the public body.
  2. Be as specific as possible when identifying the documents you wish to obtain so the public body can find the requested records. Providing as much information as possible in your request on the subject matter may expedite the search process.
  3. Let the public body know whether you wish to examine the records in person or have copies.
  4. Include your name, address, the date and daytime phone number, so that the public body can contact you if they have questions. You may submit your written request by mail, personal delivery, fax or e-mail or other means available, i.e. the public body’s website.
  5. The public body may offer a FOIA form, but the requestor is not required to use it if they so choose.
  6. Always keep a copy of your FOIA request and any responses you get from the public body.
Requests should be addressed to:
FOIA Officer
Administrative Records
101 S. Capitol St.
Pekin, IL 61554
or email: foiasheriff@tazewell.com
A public body must respond to a FOIA request within 5 business days after the public body receives the request.
If additional time is needed, the public body must notify the requestor in writing within 5 business days after the receipt of the statutory reasons for the extension and when the requested information will be produced.
The public body can charge for copies. The first 50 copies of black and white letter size (8 ½ x 11) or legal size (11 x 14) are free. Additional copies can cost no more than 15 cents each. For color copies or abnormal size copies, the public body can charge the actual cost of copying.
The public body can charge the actual cost for purchasing a CD if the information is requested in an electronic format.
If the FOIA Request is denied, you will receive written notice with a specific legal reason under the Freedom of Information Act to justify the denial. You will be informed that you have a right to seek review of the issue by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) in the Attorney General’s office along with the contact information as well as the right to seek judicial review by filing a court case.
The Public Access Counselor contact information is as follows:
Public Access Bureau
500 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62706
217-558-0486
publicaccess@atg.state.il.us
Freedom of Information request form