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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state law providing citizens with access to public records. Public records are documents produced by the Kane County and not requests for information that are not in the form of a record or document.

Prior To Submitting Your Request

The information you are seeking may not require a FOIA request as it may already be accessible on Kane County's website, or by contacting the department directly. Access our Document Library to view records that are available without a FOIA request.

Remember, the Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of public records. If you have a question for a representative of Kane County, a FOIA request is not required. Please submit your questions to the appropriate County department or Elected official's office.

Submit Your Request

Requests must be submitted in writing. Be as specific as possible when describing the public records you are seeking -- include your name, telephone number, mailing address and e-mail address. A FOIA request form is available on the top left side of this web page for your convenience.

Submit your written request in person, by mail, by fax or e-mail to the appropriate Kane County department. Elected Officials maintain their own FOIA offices, so requests for public records held in those offices should go directly to them.

Response Time

All written requests shall be responded to within five (5) working days (5 ILCS/140/3) following the date the request is received, except in the instance when the request is for commercial purposes (within 21 working days). The five day count begins the day after receipt of the request. The requestor will be notified of a five day extension (working days) if the files are voluminous, at different locations, or if other reasons make it  impossible to assemble and mail the request out within the normal five day period.

Copy Fees

For black and white, letter or legal sized copies, the first 50 pages are free, unless a different fee is otherwise fixed  by statute. Any additional pages beyond 50 will be charged at .15 cents per copy. Color and oversized copies will be charged the actual cost of copying.

Fee Waiver

You are permitted to request a waiver of copying fees associated with this request. Please 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.

Additional Information

For more information regarding the Freedom of Information Act, please visit the Illinois Attorney General's website.


County Board Departments

Development and Community Services

FOIA Officers: Angie Avila, Janine Mair
Phone: (630) 232-3481
Fax: (630) 232-3411
Mail: 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. A, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://www.countyofkane.org/FDER/Pages/Default.aspx

Types of records maintained:
Administrative Adjudication; Building Permits; Cable TV Franchises; Contracts; Bids; Economic Development; Grants; Violations; Zoning; Property Records for Permits, Tests, Wells & Septics; Zoning Board of Appeals; Historic Preservation Commission; Regional Planning Commission

Environmental and Water Resources

FOIA Officer: Es Mora-Avila
Phone: (630) 444-3016
Fax: (630) 232-3837
Mail: 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. A, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://www.countyofkane.org/FDER/Pages/environmentalResources/waterResources.aspx

Types of records maintained:
Drainage Projects; Stormwater permits; Water Supply; Subdivision Plans; Solid Waste Plan; Site Development permits

Finance Department

FOIA Officer: Erica Waggoner
Phone: (630) 208-5112
Fax: (630) 208-5110
Mail: 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. A, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://countyofkane.org/Pages/finance.aspx

Types of records maintained:
Bid Documents; Budget Information; Financial Reports; Purchasing Information

Public Health Department

FOIA Officer: Tom Schlueter
Phone: (630) 444-3098
Fax: (630) 208-5147
Mail: 1240 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 26, Aurora, IL 60506
Website: http://www.kanehealth.com/

Types of records maintained:
Animal Control; Dog Bite Investigations; Emergency Management; Environmental Assessments & Complaints; Restaurant Inspections; Communicable Disease Investigations; Well & Septic Inspections

Human Resources Management Department

FOIA Officer: Susan Brown
Phone: (630) 232-3560
Fax: (630) 208-0116
Mail: 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. A, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://countyofkane.org/Pages/hrm.aspx

Types of records maintained:
Insurance; Salary & Positions; Worker’s Compensation

Information Technology Department

FOIA Officer: Roger Fahnestock
Phone: (630) 232-3571
Fax: (630) 232-3579
Mail: 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. B, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://countyofkane.org/Pages/itd.aspx

Types of records maintained:
IT Contracts/Bids; GIS Data

KANECOMM

FOIA Officer: Dave Farris
Phone: (630)-208-5345
Fax: (630)-208-2047
Mail: Freedom of Information, 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. C, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://countyofkane.org/Pages/kaneComm.aspx

Types of records maintained:
911 Audio Recordings; Computer Aided Dispatch Records

Supervisor of Assessments Office

FOIA Officer: Mark Armstrong
Phone: (630) 208-3823
Fax: (630) 208-5171
Mail: 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. C, Geneva, IL 60134

Types of records maintained:
Board of Review Complaints; Exemption Certificates of Status; Model Home Applications; Real Estate Transfer Declarations; Sales Ratio Listings and Studies

Division of Transportation

FOIA Officer: Lisa stack
Phone: (630) 584-1170
Fax: (630) 584-5265
Mail: 41W011 Burlington Road, St. Charles, IL 60175
Website: http://www.co.kane.il.us/dot/

Types of records maintained:
Permits; Right-of-Way; Traffic Data; Signals & Signs; Engineering Plans; Maintenance Records

Elected Offices

Auditor

Elected Official: Terry Hunt
FOIA Officer: Terry Hunt and Andrea Rich
Phone: (630) 208-3838
Mail: Freedom of Information Request, 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. A, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://www.kanecountyauditor.org

Circuit Court Clerk

Elected Official: Tom Hartwell
FOIA Officer: Office not a FOIA office, falls under Judicial branch of government.
Mail: Freedom of Information Request, 540 S Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL, 60174
Website: http://cic.countyofkane.org/

Types of records maintained:
Case file research/copy requests may be sent to research@co.kane.il.us in that same area. Records maintained: Public Court Records unless restricted or impounded by Statue or Court Order.

Coroner

Elected Official: L. Robert Russell
FOIA Officer: Karen Engh
Mail: Freedom of Information Request, 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. E, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://www.countyofkane.org/pages/coroner.aspx

County Board

Elected Official: Chris Lauzen, Chairman
FOIA Officer: Ellyn M. McGrath
Phone: (630) 208-5104
Fax: (630) 232-9188
Mail: Freedom of Information Request, 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. A, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://www.countyofkane.org/pages/countyboard/boardmember.aspx?bmID=1

Types of records maintained:
Meeting Agendas & Minutes; Committee Information; County Board Member Information; resolutions/Ordinances

County Clerk

Elected Official: John Andrew Cunningham
FOIA Officer: CountyClerkFoia@co.kane.il.us
Mail: Freedom of Information Request, 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. B, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: kanecountyclerk.org/foia.aspx

Recorder

Elected Official: Sandy Wegman
FOIA Officer: David Scholes
Phone: (630) 232-5935
Fax: (630) 232-5940
Mail: Freedom of Information Request, 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. C, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://www.kanecountyrecorder.net/foia.aspx

Regional Office of Education

Elected Official: Patricia dal Santo, Regional Superintendent
FOIA Officer: Phil Morris
Mail: Freedom of Information Request, 210 S. Sixth St., Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://www.kane.k12.il.us/foia/

Sheriff

Elected Official: Sheriff Donald E. Kramer
FOIA Officer: Patrick Gengler, Director of Administration
Phone: (630) 208-2002
Fax: (630) 513-6984
Mail: Freedom of Information Request, 37W755 IL Rte. 38, St. Charles, IL 60175
Website: http://www.kanesheriff.com/Pages/Administration-Division.aspx

State's Attorney

Elected Official: Joseph McMahon
FOIA Officer: Joseph Lulves, Assistant State’s Attorney
Mail: Freedom of Information Request, 100 S. Third St., Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://saopublic.co.kane.il.us/

Treasurer

Elected Official: David J. Rickert
FOIA Officer: Gary Hopp
Phone: (630) 232-3565
Mail: Freedom of Information Request, 719 Batavia Ave., Bldg. A, Geneva, IL 60134
Website: http://www.kanecountytreasurer.org/FOIA.htm