Cook County launches new system for Freedom of Information requests

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 3/10/2021 11:35 AM

Cook County has launched a new online system for filing Freedom of Information Act requests.

The new FOIA system uses GovQA software to allow requesters to track their public records requests online and receive updates by email, officials said. It also helps standardize records processing and streamlines request tracking for both requesters and county employees.

 

"This new software will replace spreadsheets and email inboxes with a modern request tracking system that lets us operate more efficiently and increases transparency into our operations," County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in an announcement of the new system.

To access the portal, visit www.cookcountyil.gov/service/freedom-information-act-offices-under-president.

Each of Cook County's separately elected officials and the county health department handle their own FOIA requests. For information on how to submit a request to those offices, visit www.cookcountyil.gov/service-categories/foia-requests-and-information.

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