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The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) declared that all persons are entitle to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of the Act.

The City Clerk Department is the central contact of all FOIA’s for the City of Bloomington.

FOIA Officer

    Leslie Yocum
    Phone: 309-434-2240
    Fax:     309-434-2628

View Illinois FOIA Legislation

View Illinois Attorney General's FOIA Overview

FOIA Requests
Requests may be submitted:

  • in person or mailed to 109 E. Olive St., Bloomington, IL 61701
  • emailed to
  • faxed to (309) 434-2628

Requests for information can be made from the FOIA Request for Public Records form, or at the City Clerk’s office at 109 E. Olive St. The office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Records may be inspected, copied or provided electronically. If inspected, an employee must be present throughout the inspection.

General City FOIA Information

View additional information on City of Bloomington Transparency

Decisions can be reviewed by the Public Access Counselor, Cara Smith. Her contact information is: Cara Smith, Public Access Counselor, Office of the Attorney General, 500 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, Illinois 62706, Phone: 312-814-5526 or 1-877-299-FOIA (1-877-299-3642), Fax: 217-782-1396 -- Email:

FOIA Timeline
5 business days from the day after the public body receives the request. City of Bloomington working days are Monday thru Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm.

However, that time period may be extended for an additional 5 business days from the date of the original due date if:

  • The requested information is stored at a different location;
  • The request requires the collection of a substantial number of documents;
  • The request requires an extensive search;
  • The requested records have not been located and require additional effort to find;
  • The requested records need to be reviewed by staff who can determine whether they are exempt from FOIA;
  • The requested records cannot be produced without unduly burdening the public body or interfering with its operations; or
  • The request requires the public body to consult with another public body that has substantial interest in the subject matter of the request.

If additional time is needed, the public body must notify the requester in writing within 5 business days after the receipt of the request of the statutory reasons for the extension and when the requested information will be produced.

The fee schedule is as follows:

Certification of records:
  $1.00 per certification
Crash Reports:   $5.00 per report
Document Copies:
 black & white less than fifty (50) pages no charge
duplexing where possible
  $0.15 per page for any document over fifty (50)
   color $0.75 per page
  actual cost of reproduction
  actual cost of reproduction
  actual cost of reproduction
  actual cost of reproduction


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