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).


Record Requests

All requests for City records should be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office, except for Police Department records. Requests are accepted electronically, by mail, fax, or in person and are processed within 5 days. Occasionally, additional time may be needed to process certain requests. In those instances, the Freedom of Information Officer will provide the requester with an official written notice extending the compliance period to 10 business days.

If the city determines that more than 10 business days will be needed to completely fulfill a request, the Freedom of Information Officer and the requester can agree in writing to an additional extension.

Submit a FOIA Request Electronically

FOIA requests can also be submitted in writing via:

Mail: 815-875-2631
Fax: 815-875-2904
or delivered in person to
City Hall
2 S. Main St.
Princeton, IL 61356.

FOIA Officers

FOIA officers are designated and trained to handle all FOIA requests for the City of Princeton.

Police Department FOIA requests are processed by Peg Maciejewski at the Police Department, 605 Elm Place. All other requests are processed by the Primary FOIA officer Peg Carr located at City Hall.

Special Notes

A charge of $0.15 per page for requests that exceed 20 pages will be applied.