October 13, 2016

FOIA Guide: Municipal and city governments


Champaign County
FOIA Website: http://www.co.champaign.il.us/HeaderMenu/generalinfo.php#section-FOIA

FOIA Officer:
The County has different FOIA Officers for each department. You can see the full list here.
If you are unsure who to file the request with, you can send requests to:
Richard S. Snider
County Administrator
1776 East Washington, Urbana, IL 61802

Optional request form:

Reporter’s notes:
A fair amount of data is also available on the county website.
Budgets dating back to 2006 can be found here.
Information about requests for proposals and requests for qualifications can be found here.
Property tax records can be found here.
Assessment records for properties can be found here.
U.S. census data for the county can be found here.

City of Champaign
FOIA Website: http://ci.champaign.il.us/departments/legal/foia-requests/

FOIA Officer:
Laura Hall
Assistant City Attorney
102 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Optional request form:

Reporter’s notes:
The Champaign city government keeps very little information on its website, though many city departments, including neighborhood services, the public works and the planning department, are happy to share information with the public without a Freedom of Information Request. Council meetings are archived online and a lot of information can be found by searching through reports to council, though they can be difficult to find if you aren’t sure the date the issue was discussed.

City of Urbana
FOIA Website: http://www.urbanaillinois.us/departments/city-clerks-office

FOIA Officer:
Phyllis Clark
City Clerk
400 South Vine Street, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 384-2366

Optional request form:

Reporter’s notes:
Urbana maintains an Open Data Portal with quite a bit of city information, from police incidents and nuisance complaints to budget expenditure information. Much of the data is scraped from city documents, though much data is also static.
You can find information about request for proposals and request for qualifications here.