What is FOIA


DeKalb County officials will be hosting a Freedom Of Information Act forum for those appointed and elected officials that would like to get additional information on current rules and regulations related to FOIA request.  This workshop overview will be held Thursday, September 12 starting at 6:00 PM.

The basic function of the Freedom of Information Act is to ensure informed citizens the right to seek special information. This process is vital to the functioning of a democratic society.  To make a request, you must reasonably describe the subject matter of the records sought, and if known, indicate the dates of the records, the places where they originated, and the names of the originating persons or offices. Remember, FOIA only provides documents. It does not answer questions. It does not create new records.

The DeKalb County meeting will be held at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 West Prairie Drive in Sycamore (IL). The presentation will be co-presented by DeKalb State Attorney Rick Amato, Illinois Attorney General’s Ofice associate Leah Bartelt, and DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski, Jr. 

This event is open to all of the public and encourages local appointed and elected officials to attend. Please share it with friends and colleagues. 

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