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.

Requests can be made in person or in writing and hand delivered, sent by email or sent by U.S. Postal Service.

Tips for FOIA Requests

List of Documents Available for FOIA

The following is a categorical list of the majority of the records maintained by the Tollway. This list is not all inclusive and there may be additional records kept by the Tollway which do not appropriately fall within these categories.

  1.  Land parcel files including legal descriptions of all property, easements, rentals and leases encompassing and/or abutting the Illinois Tollway.
  2. Agreements between the Illinois Tollway and various contractors, consultants, public utilities, railroads, unions, etc.
  3. Closed litigation case files concerning the Illinois Tollway and others.
  4. Minutes and video of Illinois Tollway Board of Directors meetings (monthly and special).
  5. Annual Reports beginning with 1956 to the current issue stating the financial condition and giving factual data concerning administration, construction, maintenance and patrol of the road.
  6. Annual inspection reports by outside consulting firms on roadway and bridge conditions.
  7. Periodicals, reports and submittals from tollroads and freeways in other states (2 years accumulation).
  8. Reports of accidents occurring on the roadway, right-of-way and ramps of the Illinois Tollway generated by the Tollway.
  9. Utility and general permits for road crossings by water and sewer mains, telephone and electric cables and drainage culverts, etc.
  10. Engineering parcel files including plat maps of each Tollway parcel encompassing and/or abutting the Tollway.
  11. Strip maps of parcels showing property lines, right-of-way width, utility placements, easements, contour lines, drainage, etc.
  12. Engineering contract files for the design, construction and maintenance operations of the Tollway, including ramps, interchanges, toll plazas and service areas.
  13. Bridge inspection reports conducted by outside consultants on a revolving five-year basis.
  14. All contract drawings now microfilmed and on aperture cards. These include standard drawings, plaza drawings, structural, bridge and building drawings and cross sections.
  15. Annual budgets.
  16. Pay order records from all funds: maintenance, operations, revolving and general reserve.
  17. Procurement contracts with support documentation such as purchase orders, confirming releases, emergency purchases, requisitions and change notices.
  18. General correspondence.
  19. Financial documents including audited financial statements, investments, bond retirement, insurance policies and deposits data for all funds, and cremation certificates.
  20. Damage claims to Illinois Tollway property and patron claims, documentation and invoices.
  21. Customer charge account invoices for government, special and commercial charge plates.
  22. Permits for overweight and oversized vehicles on the road.
  23. Personnel records containing employee names, positions and salaries.
  24. Telecommunication contracts or agreements concerning microwave, CAD, multiplex, 800 MHZ, consoles and frequency sharing.
  25. FCC and FAA licenses, rules and regulations.
  26. Maintenance records including tollbooths.
  27. I-PASS account information. Note: Personally identifiable information generated through the Illinois Tollway's toll collection process is exempt from release under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. "Personally identifiable information" means any information that identifies or describes an electronic toll collection system user, including but not limited to, travel pattern data, address, telephone number, email address, license plate number, photograph, bank account information or credit card number.

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.


Illinois Tollway
Attn: Freedom of Information Officer
2700 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 241-6800

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 available by request below.

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."

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23-0021Dan PetrellaChicago Tribune2/1/2023Legal RecordsRequest 
23-0020Brittany EisingState Farm2/1/2023Incident RecordsRequest 
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23-0017Lorenzo BotelloJacob & Hefner Associates1/30/2023Planning RecordsRequestResponse
23-0016Robert HerguthChicago Sun-Times1/30/2023Administrative RecordsRequestResponse
23-0015Amanda ShaverManhard Consulting1/25/2023Planning RecordsRequestResponse
23-0014Eric CoxDLZ1/20/2023Planning RecordsRequestResponse
23-0013Robert HerguthChicago Sun-Times1/19/2023Administrative RecordsRequestResponse
23-0012Gabriela PtasinskaSPACECO, Inc.1/19/2023Planning RecordsRequestResponse
23-0011Robert HerguthChicago Sun-Times1/18/2023Administrative RecordsRequestResponse
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23-0008Ernest HayesIndividual1/17/2023I-Pass RecordsRequestResponse
23-0007Edward MaloneBarack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP1/17/2023Procurement RecordsRequestResponse
23-0006Kay SmithIndividual1/17/2023Incident RecordsRequestResponse
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23-0004Tamara MurphyIndividual1/6/2023Administrative RecordsRequestResponse
23-0003Dan PetrellaChicago Tribune1/4/2023Legal RecordsRequestResponse
23-0002Donald TatoneEfficient Risk Solutions1/4/2023Incident RecordsRequestResponse
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