Freedom of Information and Requests

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act, or Illinois FOIA, is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of government bodies at all levels in Illinois.  The law was first enacted in 1984 and recent updates including nominating a Freedom of Information Officer took effect on January 1, 2010.  The City of Pinckneyville's Freedom of Information Officer is Robert Spencer, whose office is located in City Hall at 104 South Walnut.

The Illinois FOIA is based on an assertion in the statute that access to "full and complete information regarding affairs of the government" is "necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest."

The Illinois FOIA is not designed to:

  • Further a commercial enterprise
  • Violate individual privacy
  • Disrupt the day to day working of the public body

A helpful indepth guide to the act can be found at

To request information from the city you may visit Robert Spencer at his office at City Hall or email him at

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