Freedom of Information Act

The City of Woodstock was incorporated on June 22, 1852 as a City with all of the powers provided by the Illinois Compiled Statutes. Woodstock's budget for Fiscal Year 2018/2019 is $33,479,400. The City employs 143 full-time staff members, plus part-time and seasonal workers.

Woodstock operates under the Council-Manager form of government that combines the political leadership of an elected Mayor and six City Council members with the managerial experience of an appointed City Manager. Our primary purpose is to serve the needs of our citizens.

How to File a Freedom of Information Act Request with the City of Woodstock

The following are instructions on how to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the City of Woodstock:

  • Please make your request for records in writing. The City of Woodstock does not require the completion of a standard form for this purpose, although you may use the form below if you wish. You may submit your written request in person or by mail, fax or email.
  • Please be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. Remember, the Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of Records. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions. To the extent that you wish to ask questions of a Representative of the City of Woodstock, you may call the Office of the City Manager to be directed to the proper person.
  • Please tell us whether you would like copies of the requested records or whether you wish to examine the records in person. You have the right to do either.
  • There is no fee for up to 50 pages of standard paper copies. For pages beyond 50, there is a.15-cent-per-page charge. Additional fees may apply as permitted by Section 6 of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
  • You are permitted to ask for a waiver of copying fees. To do so, please include the following statement (or a similar statement) in your written FOIA request: "I request a waiver of all fees associated with this request." In addition, you must 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.
  • As prescribed by the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, the City will respond to your request within five business days unless time for the response is properly extended under Section 3(e) of the Act or unless the request is of a Commercial nature.

Public documents available from the City of Woodstock include but are not limited to City Council Minutes, Ordinances, Resolutions, Contracts and Bid Documents, and correspondence, and other documents as necessary to conduct the business of the City. Many of these documents may not be immediately available, depending upon age and location.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Officer.

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