The Freedom of Information Act (as amended by Public Act 096-0542) is an Illinois statute that provides the public with 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).
Freedom of Information requests must be submitted via the CPS FOIA Center. You may access the CPS FOIA Center by clicking the link below.
Submitting FOIA requests via this link will offer requestors the following benefits:
- Sending FOIA requests via an automated easy-to-use system;
- One stop forum for corresponding with the FOIA officer and keeping track of FOIA requests; and
- Receiving and viewing current and historical responses.
FOIA requests may also be submitted by mail to the below address
There is no charge for a copy of the first 50 pages of any documents requested; 15 cents per page thereafter. For color copies, abnormal size copies, or copies of documents in electronic form, an additional charge may apply. Documents also can be inspected by appointment at our central office during regular weekday business hours.
All requests have a 5-10 business day turnaround (excluding holidays). If more time is needed to respond, the FOIA Officer will inform the requestor of the additional time needed.
Chicago Public Schools Freedom of Information Officer can be reached at (773) 553-1700.
Freedom of Information Officer
125 South Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60603