Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state law providing citizens with access to public records. Public records are documents produced by the Ogle County and not requests for information that are not in the form of a record or document.

 

Prior To Submitting Your Request

The information you are seeking may not require a FOIA request as it may already be accessible on Ogle County’s website, or by contacting the department directly.

Submit Your Request

Requests must be submitted in writing. Be as specific as possible when describing the public records you are seeking — include your name, telephone number, mailing address and e-mail address. A FOIA request form is not required; however it is available at the links below for your convenience.

Submit your written request in person, by mail, by fax or e-mail to the appropriate Ogle County department. Elected Officials maintain their own FOIA officers, so requests for public records held in those offices should go directly to them.

 

Animal Control
Dr. Thomas Champley
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Circuit Clerk
Kim Stahl
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County Clerk
Laura J. Cook
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Coroner
Louis Finch, IV
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Health Department
Sara Hoovler
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Highway Department
Jeremy Ciesiel
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Planning & Zoning
Michael Reibel
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Probation
Kenneth Burn
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Recorder
Laura J. Cook
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Sheriff
Brian VanVickle
James Getzelman
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Solid Waste
Steve Rypkema
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State’s Attorney
Eric Morrow
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Supervisor of Assessments
Jim Harrison
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Treasurer
John Coffman
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Remember, the Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of public records. If you have a question for a representative of Ogle County, a FOIA request is not required. Please submit your questions to the appropriate County department or Elected official’s office.

Response Time

All written requests shall be responded to within five (5) working days (5 ILCS/140/3) following the date the request is received, except in the instance when the request is for commercial purposes (within 21 working days). The five day count begins the day after receipt of the request. The requestor will be notified of a five day extension (working days) if the files are voluminous, at different locations, or if other reasons make it impossible to assemble and mail the request out within the normal five day period.

Copy Fees

For black and white, letter or legal sized copies, the first 50 pages are free, unless a different fee is otherwise fixed by statute. Any additional pages beyond 50 will be charged at .15 cents per copy. Color and oversized copies will be charged the actual cost of copying.

Fee Waiver

You are permitted to request a waiver of copying fees associated with this request. Please include a specific explanation as to why your request for information is in the public interest (not simply your personal interest) and merits a fee waiver.

Additional Information

For more information regarding the Freedom of Information Act, please visit the Illinois Attorney General’s website.