Freedom of Information

The City of Chicago Heights requires any person requesting public record information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), (5ILCS 140/), do so in writing. You may use a FOIA Request Form that can be downloaded below, but are not required to. All requests must be submitted by mail, personal delivery, fax or email.

The Code of Ordinances of the City of Chicago Heights containing ordinances passed by the city council is available to the public on-line and is updated every six months. You may view the Code of Ordinances online.

Procedures for Requesting Public Records


Any request for public records in accordance with the FOIA and this Policy, shall be submitted to:
Office of the City Clerk
Attention: Chief FOIA Officer
c/o City of Chicago Heights
1601 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Form & Content of Requests


Requests for public records made in accordance with the FOIA and this Policy shall be made in writing. Such requests may be submitted, but are not required to be submitted, on a FOIA Request Form maintained by the City. The City’s FOIA Request Form shall be available on the City’s website and at the City Hall, located at:
1601 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Required Information


Requests for public records made in accordance with the FOIA and this Policy shall include the following information:
  • The requester’s full name, address and phone number;
  • A description of the public records sought; and
  • Whether the request is for the inspection of public records, copies of public records or both.

Fee for Duplication and/or Certifying of Records


No fees shall be charged for the first 50 pages of black and white, letter or legal sized copies. Fees for black and white copies in excess of 50 pages, color copies, certification and other documents shall be as follows:

Copies (Black & White) Per Side


  • 8.5 by 11 inches - $0.15
  • 8.5 by 14 inches - $0.15
  • 11 by 17 inches - $0.25

Copies (Color) Per Side


  • 8.5 by 11 inches - $0.25
  • 8.5 by 14 inches - $0.30
  • 11 by 17 inches - $0.35

Certification Per Copy


  • $1