Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The intent of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is to promote transparency and accountability of public bodies at all levels of government. Transparency is essential to maintaining strong, connected communities. The City of Litchfield is dedicated to providing transparency for our residents by offering ways to request local records in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Submitting a Request

All requests for general City documents should be directed to the City Clerk in the City Clerk's Office. To request public records, please fill out and submit the City FOIA Request Form to:

  • City Clerk's Office
    120 E Ryder Street
    Litchfield, IL 62056

The City will respond to all FOIA requests within 5 working days of its receipt. If additional time is needed, you will be notified of the City's intent to respond within an additional five working days as permitted under FOIA. If any of the materials you have requested are exempt under FOIA, you will be notified in writing of the specific exemption which applies to the documents and you will be provided with all non-exempt materials.

Requesting Review of Denials

You may seek review of any denial, or partial denial, of your request by judicial review pursuant to Section 11 of the Act, or by submitting a request for review to the Public Access Counselor in the Office of the Attorney General at:

  • Public Access Counselor
    Office of the Illinois Attorney General
    Public Access and Opinions Bureau
    500 S 2nd Street
    Springfield, IL 62706

Any request for review to the Public Access Counselor must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in writing
  • Signed by you
  • Include a copy of your request and the response, or responses, you have received from the City
  • Be filed not later than 60 days after the date of the denial