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FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)

Appealing denial of FOIA request – smple letter.

Agency Head or Freedom of Information Act Appeal Officer
Name of Agency
Address of Agency
City, State, Zip Code
Re: Freedom of Information Act Appeal
Dear ________:
This is an appeal under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/10(a).
On [insert date], I requested documents from [insert name of public body.] On [insert
date], I received a response to my request in a letter signed by [insert name of official].
The public body denied my request for information, citing section [insert section of the
Act that the public body cited as a reason for denying the information.]
I am appealing the denial of my request, under subsection 10(a) of the Act. The
documents that were withheld must be disclosed under the FOIA because [insert an
explanation of why you believe the documents are public under the Act.]
I look forward to a decision on this appeal of the denial of my FOIA request within seven
working days as provided under the Act. 5 ILCS 140/10(a).
Thank you for your consideration of this appeal.
City, State, Zip Code
[optional:] Telephone Number or e-mail

This is not legal information. This is just my template for FOIA and if you use it you should check out if this is how you should do it by consulting an attorney.


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