Freedom of Information Act

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law is used to ensure that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government, and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials. The Freedom of Information Act is also used to make sure that public employees are consistent with the terms of this Act.  Additional information regarding FOIA can be found at the Illinois Attorney General’s website.

This act is not intended to be used to violate individual privacy, nor for the purpose of furthering a commercial enterprise, or to disrupt the duly-undertaken work of any public body independent of the fulfillment of any of the rights of the people to access to information (5 ILCS 140/1).

Unless information falls within an express statutory exemption, it must be disclosed under FOIA 

(5 ILCS 140/3).

The public body must generally comply with the request within five (5) working days (5 ILCS 140/3). Certain exceptions allow an additional five (5) days. Fees and costs may apply to reproducing or certifying public records. If a fee is due, you will be contacted on the cost, which must be paid prior to receiving the documents.

Freedom of Information Policy

Information At Your Finger Tips

In our efforts to provide access to public information, the Village of Lombard maintains the following information electronically so that it is available 24/7:

Another option to see if the information you are requesting is already digital is to search our archives.  To do so, use the "Search" box in the upper right-hand corner of this page. For your convenience, you can complete an online FOIA application form or submit a printable version which will open in a new window.  

Note:  When you submit a FOIA request, your information becomes public record. 


Please complete this online FOIA application form.  

Directory of Records

Each public body shall maintain and make available for inspection and copying a reasonably current list of all types or categories of records under its control.  

Public records stored by means of electronic data processing may be printed upon request or requestors may arrange to view documents in electronic format at the Village Hall upon coordination with the FOIA Officer. View the Directory of Records.

Should you have any questions please contact Sheila York