Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) opens government to all citizens by guaranteeing access to state records in whatever form they are maintained. The Illinois Tollway is dedicated to transparency and supports the State of Illinois' efforts to share information.
Before Submitting a FOIA Request
Review documents already available to the public before submitting a FOIA request. Much of the Tollway's information is online.
The Tollway provides immediate and/or online access to:
- I-PASS Account Activity and History
- Copies of Toll Violation Images and Letters
- Bids, Awards and Contracts
- Financial Information
- Tollway Board of Directors Meeting Records
Tips for FOIA Requests
- Be as specific as you can in identifying the documents or information you are seeking.
- Find a list of records available for FOIA.
- The requestor will be informed of the status of the request within 5 working days.
- Some records and documents may be off-site. The Tollway will pass on any costs billed for these requests.
How to Submit a FOIA Request
Requests can be made in person or in writing and hand delivered, sent by email or sent by U.S. Postal Service.
Attn: Freedom of Information Officer
2700 Ogden Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Use the FOIA sample request (PDF) as a guide. Be sure the following information is included:
- The requestor's full name, address and phone number.
- A description of the Tollway records sought. Be as thorough as possible.
- Whether the request is for inspection of Tollway records, copies of Tollway records or both.
Note: All FOIA requests submitted to the Illinois Tollway and their responses are posted for public review.
Your FOIA request should be as thorough as possible. FOIA provides that requests for public records should not be "unduly burdensome." If a burdensome request is made, the Tollway may extend a time period with which it will comply (as provided under subsection 3(d)(vi) of the Act).
The Act ( 5 ILCS 140(2)(c) ) defines public records as "all records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, recorded information and all other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared, or having been or being used, received, possessed or under the control of any public body."