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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Requests For Public Records 
The City of Highland Park Rules and Regulations for the Implementation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (the FOIA Rules) provide comprehensive procedures, instructions and forms for obtaining City public records. This is only a brief summary of the FOIA Rules. 

All requests to inspect, copy or certify public records must be submitted to the City in writing and in the form required by the FOIA Rules using the form located here. The City will respond to each proper written request to inspect, copy or certify public records within five business days after receipt of the request. 

Copy Fees
Copies of public records will be provided only upon payment of a copying fee as provided in Section 35.100 of the Highland Park Code of 1968, as amended (adopted by Ordinance 70-09 - Exhibit I). Copies of public records will not be mailed except upon prepayment of a fee equal to the actual cost of postage and copying. 

All notices and other communications relating to a request to inspect, copy or certify public records, all requests for copies of the FOIA Rules and all requests for any other information relating to the City's implementation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act must be directed as follows: 

Primary FOIA Officer
Ashley Knaus 
Deputy City Clerk
1707 St. Johns Ave
Highland Park, IL 60035
Fx: 847.432.7625

Community Development Requests 
Freedom of Information Officer 
City of Highland Park Building Division 
1150 Half Day Rd. 
Highland Park, IL 60035 
Ph: 847.926.1176  
Fx: 847.926.8885 
building@cityhpil.com
planning@cityhpil.com

Fire Department Requests 
Freedom of Information Officer 
City of Highland Park Fire Department 
1130 Central Ave. 
Highland Park, IL 60035 
Ph: 847.433.3110 
Fx: 847.432.0699 
fire@cityhpil.com

Public Works Department Requests
Freedom of Information Officer
City of Highland Park Public Works
1150 Half Day Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Ph: 847.432.0807
Fx: 847.432.9907
publicworks@cityhpil.com

Police Department Requests 
Freedom of Information Officer 
Highland Park Police Department 
1677 Old Deerfield Rd. 
Highland Park, IL 60035 
Ph: 847.926.1087 
Fx: 847.432.7706 
police@cityhpil.com

All Other Requests 
City Clerk 
City of Highland Park 
1707 St. Johns Ave. 
Highland Park, IL 60035 
Ph: 847.926.1034  
Fx: 847.432.7625
clerk@cityhpil.com

Please note that e-mail and all other forms of electronic communication you send to the City becomes a public record subject to release under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).  Please anticipate that all information you send to the City will be made public.  By sending information electronically to the City, you are automatically agreeing that the information may be made public. If you do not want your information to be made public, then do not send information electronically to the City and instead contact us by telephone at 847-926-1000 or visit City Hall in person.  If you have any questions about this or other FOIA matters, then please call the City’s Primary FOIA Officer, Deputy Clerk Ashley Knaus at aknaus@cityhpil.com or call 847-926-1034.