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FOIA Request

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is designed to ensure that the public has access to information about their government. Beginning on January 1, 2010, key changes to the Freedom of Information Act took effect. Any person, group, association, corporation, firm, partnership or organization has the right to file a FOIA request for public records to any state or local public body.



Public Records

In accordance with 5 ILCS 140, Section 2 (c), a public record is "all records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, recorded information and all other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared, or having been or being used, received, possessed or under the control of any public body."



How to File a FOIA request with The Housing Authority of the City of Freeport?

Housing Authority of the City of Freeport’s  FOIA Officer is Bernadette Makalska. All requests to inspect and/or obtain a copy of HACF records must be made in writing. You may submit your request by mail, personal delivery, fax, or e-mail to the following:


By mail or personal delivery:

Bernadette Mekalska


1052 W. Galena

Freeport, IL 61032


By fax:



By email to:


Individuals making a request are not required to state a reason for the request other than to identify whether the request is for commercial purpose or when requesting a fee waiver.



Copying Fees

Individuals requesting copies of public records will not be charged for the first 50 pages of black and white letter or legal sized copies. Each additional copy will cost 15 cents per page. 

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