Freedom of Information Act
All Illinois municipalities - including the City of Carbondale - fall under the provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Submit a written or email request specifying which records you wish to view and/or receive copies and submit it to the appropriate Freedom of Information Officer (FOIA Officers listed below).
The passage of Public Act 98-1129 provides that a public body is not required to furnish copies of records which are maintained on the public body’s website. In the event that a person is unable to reasonably access the record, they should resubmit their FOIA request, and advise the public body why they were not able to access said records. Then the public body shall provide the requested record in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
The City will provide a response to noncommercial FOIA requests within five business days, unless a mutually-agreed upon date is established. Certain records or portions of records are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. If the records are exempt, the requestor will be provided with the specific provision(s) in the Freedom of Information Act which makes them exempt. The specific exemptions may be reviewed here:
Questions regarding the Freedom of Information Act may be addressed to one of the Freedom of Information Officers or by emailing email@example.com
Direct general requests for City records to Jennifer Sorrell, City Clerk, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct Police Department records requests (except for Police Pension Board) to Marcia Toliver, Records Supervisor, at email@example.com
Direct all requests for the Fire Pension Fund to Kathy Haldeman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct all requests for the Police Pension Fund to Anthony Williams at email@example.com
Copies of records will be provided in the format specified by the requestor, if feasible.
Charges for copies of records will be imposed in accordance with the following:
To assist a requestor in submitting the required written request, the procedure of "How to Request Records" may be downloaded. The City has five working days to provide the records. Certain records are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. If the records are exempt, the requestor will be provided with the specific provision(s) in the Freedom of Information Act which makes them exempt. The Request for Records Fillable Form is available here.