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(5 ILCS 160/3)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.6)
Records as property of State.
(a) All records
created or received by
or under the authority of or coming into the custody, control, or possession of
public officials of this State in the course of their public duties are the
property of the State. These records may not be mutilated, destroyed,
or otherwise damaged or disposed of, in whole or in part, except as provided by
law. Any person shall have the right of access to any public records, unless
access to the records is otherwise limited or
prohibited by law. This subsection (a) does not apply to records that are subject to expungement under subsections (1.5) and (1.6) of Section 5-915 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
(b) Reports and records of the obligation,
receipt and use of public
funds of the State are public records available for inspection by the
public, except as access to such records is otherwise limited or prohibited
by law or pursuant to law. These records shall be kept at the official
place of business of the State or at a designated place of business of the
State. These records shall be available for public inspection during regular
office hours except when in
immediate use by persons exercising official duties which require the use
of those records. Nothing in this
section shall require the State to invade or assist in the invasion of any
person's right to privacy. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to
limit any right given by statute or rule of law with respect to the
inspection of other types of records.
Warrants and vouchers in the keeping of the State Comptroller may be
by him as authorized in "An Act in relation to the reproduction and destruction
of records kept by the Comptroller", approved August 1, 1949, as now or
hereafter amended after obtaining the approval of the State Records
(Source: P.A. 98-637, eff. 1-1-15