The Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) is a state law that provides all persons with access to public records. It is the general policy of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System that all persons are entitled to full and complete copies of, or the right to inspect, the public records in the Health System’s possession or under its control, within the parameters of the law.
Further information on the Freedom of Information Act can be found at Illinois Compiled Statutes at 5 ILCS 140/1.

Request for Public Records

All  FOIA requests for public records must be in writing and must include the name, mailing address or other contact information of the requester, and a description of the public records requested. Requests for inspection or copies of public records may be sent to:

  • Cook County Health & Hospitals System-General Counsel
    Attention: FOIA request
    1900 West Polk Street-Suite 104
    Chicago, IL 60612

Fees

The CCHHS may charge fees according to the following schedule to reimburse its actual cost for reproducing and certifying, where applicable, public records and for the use, by any person, of the equipment of the Health System to copy records. No fees shall be charged for the first 50 pages of black and white, letter or legal size copies. CCHHS may provide information on diskette, cd, or electronic form, and the cost shall be the actual cost incurred by the CCHHS.  Fees for reproducing records in any form not listed herein shall be based on the actual cost incurred by the CCHHS. Additional fees may be charged as provided by law.

Where it is anticipated that fees to the requester will exceed $25, the requester shall be notified of the amount of the anticipated fee. The requester shall be extended the opportunity to modify the request.

Where the anticipated fee exceeds $25, an advance deposit of either 25% of the anticipated fee or $25, whichever is greater, may be required before the material will be reproduced. Where a requester previously failed to pay a fee, an advance deposit of the full amount may be required before the material will be reproduced. When required, if the advance deposit is not received within 30 days following notice of the advance deposit due, the request will be deemed to have been withdrawn.