What is FOIA?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. The premise behind FOIA is that the public has a right to know what the government is doing. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure (for example: records containing information concerning trade secrets or personal privacy). For more information, view this Frequently Asked Questions document provided by the Illinois Attorney General’s office.

City of Prophetstown FOIA

To access public records from the City of Prophetstown, submit your requests with any required payment (see below) to the City Clerk’s office at 339 Washington St., Prophetstown, IL 61277. Emailed requests can be sent to 

Records requests for the Freedom of Information Act have the following costs associated with them:

  • Records/maps (8.5″ x 11″): First 50 pages are free, additional pages at $0.15 each.
  • Records/maps greater than (8.5″ x 14″) irregular size or color: Actual cost of processing
  • Certified copy of documents: $3.00 each.
  • Accident reports: $5.00 for the first 50 pages, additional pages at $0.15 each.
  • Incident reports: $2.00 for the first 50 pages, additional pages at $.15 each.
  • Color Photos: Color Photos will be the actual cost of processing.
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