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LOCAL GOVERNMENT50 ILCS 205/1
(50 ILCS 205/) Local Records Act.
(50 ILCS 205/1)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.101)
This Act may be cited as the
Local Records Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1475.)
50 ILCS 205/2
(50 ILCS 205/2)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.102)
This Act declares that a program for the efficient and economical
management of local records will promote economy and efficiency in the
day-by-day recordkeeping activities of local governments and will
facilitate and expedite governmental operations.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3503.)
50 ILCS 205/3
(50 ILCS 205/3)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.103)
Except where the context indicates otherwise, the terms used in
this Act are defined as follows:
"Agency" means any court, and all parts, boards, departments, bureaus
and commissions of any county, municipal corporation or political
"Archivist" means the Secretary of State.
"Born-digital electronic material" means electronic material created in digital form rather than converted from print or analog form to digital form.
"Commission" means a Local Records Commission.
"Court" means a court, other than the Supreme Court.
"Digitized electronic material" means electronic material converted from print or analog form to digital form.
"Officer" means any elected or appointed official of a court, county,
municipal corporation or political subdivision.
"Public record" means any book, paper, map, photograph, born-digital electronic material, digitized
electronic material, electronic material with a combination of digitized and born-digital material, or other official documentary material, regardless of
physical form or
characteristics, made, produced, executed or received by any agency or
officer pursuant to law or in connection with the transaction of public
business and preserved or appropriate for preservation by such agency or
officer, or any successor thereof, as evidence of the organization,
function, policies, decisions, procedures, or other activities thereof, or
because of the informational data contained therein. Library and museum
material made or acquired and preserved solely for reference or exhibition
purposes, extra copies of documents preserved only for convenience of
reference, and stocks of publications and of processed documents are not
included within the definition of public record. Paper copies of registration records, as defined in Section 1 of the Library Records Confidentiality Act (75 ILCS 70/1), shall not be considered public records once the information contained in the paper registration records is transferred into a secure electronic format and checked for accuracy.
(Source: P.A. 99-147, eff. 1-1-16
50 ILCS 205/3a
(50 ILCS 205/3a)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.103a)
Reports and records of the obligation, receipt, and use of
of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, units of local government, and school districts, including certified
audits, management letters and other audit reports made by the Auditor General,
County Auditors, other officers or by licensed Certified Public Accountants permitted to perform audits under the Illinois Public Accounting Act
and presented to the corporate authorities or boards of the units of local
government, are public records
available for inspection by the public. These records shall be kept at the
official place of business of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County and each unit of local government and school
district or at a designated place of business of the unit or district.
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. The person in charge of such
records may require a notice in writing to be submitted 24 hours prior to
inspection and may require that such notice specify which records are to be
inspected. Nothing in this Section shall require units of local
and school districts to invade or assist in the invasion of any person's
right to privacy.
(Source: P.A. 102-356, eff. 1-1-22
50 ILCS 205/3b
(50 ILCS 205/3b)
Arrest records and reports.
(a) When an individual is arrested, the following information must
be made available to the news media for inspection and copying:
(1) Information that identifies the individual,
including the name, age, address, and photograph, when and if available.
(2) Information detailing any charges relating to the
(3) The time and location of the arrest.
(4) The name of the investigating or arresting law
(6) If the individual is incarcerated, the time and
date that the individual was received, discharged, or transferred from the arresting agency's custody.
(b) The information required by this Section must be made available to the
news media for inspection and copying as soon as practicable, but in no event
shall the time period exceed 72 hours from the arrest. The information
described in paragraphs (3), (4), (5), and (6) of subsection (a), however,
may be withheld if it is determined that disclosure would:
(1) interfere with pending or actually and reasonably
contemplated law enforcement proceedings conducted by any law enforcement or correctional agency;
(2) endanger the life or physical safety of law
enforcement or correctional personnel or any other person; or
(3) compromise the security of any correctional
(c) For the purposes of this Section the term "news media" means personnel
of a newspaper or other periodical issued at regular intervals whether in
print or electronic format, a news service whether in print or electronic
a radio station, a television station, a television network, a community
antenna television service,
or a person or corporation engaged in making news reels or other motion picture
news for public showing.
(d) Each law enforcement or correctional agency may charge fees for arrest
records, but in no instance may the fee exceed the actual cost of copying and
reproduction. The fees may not include the cost of the labor used to reproduce
the arrest record.
(e) The provisions of this Section do not supersede the confidentiality
provisions for arrest records of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
(f) All information, including photographs, made available under this Section is subject to the provisions of Section 2QQQ of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
(Source: P.A. 101-652, eff. 1-1-23; 102-1104, eff. 1-1-23.)
50 ILCS 205/3c
(50 ILCS 205/3c)
Severance agreements due to sexual harassment and sexual discrimination.
(a) When a unit of local government, school district, community college district, or other local taxing body enters a severance agreement with an employee or contractor because the employee or contractor was found to have engaged in sexual harassment or sexual discrimination, as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the public body shall publish on its Internet website, if one is maintained, and make available to the news media for inspection and copying within 72 hours of the taxing body's approval of the severance agreement the following information:
(1) the full name and title of the person receiving
payment under the severance agreement;
(2) the amount of the payment;
(3) that the employee or contractor was found to have
engaged in sexual harassment or sexual discrimination, as applicable; and
(4) the date, time, and location of the meeting at
which the taxing body approved the severance agreement.
For the purposes of this subsection (a), "news media" means personnel of a newspaper or other periodical issued at regular intervals whether in print or electronic format, a news service whether in print or electronic format, a radio station, a television station, a television network, a community antenna television service, or a person or corporation engaged in making news reels or other motion picture news for public showing.
(b) The information required to be provided by this Section may be withheld if it is determined that disclosure would:
(1) interfere with pending or actually and
reasonably contemplated law enforcement proceedings conducted by any law enforcement agency;
(2) interfere with pending or actually and
reasonably contemplated legal or administrative proceedings instigated by the complainant of the sexual harassment or discrimination at issue, including, but not limited to, proceedings under the Illinois Human Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963, or civil law;
(3) result in the direct or indirect disclosure of
the identity of a complainant who has not consented to disclosure of his or her identity; or
(4) endanger the life or physical safety of the
complainant of the sexual harassment or discrimination at issue.
(c) No unit of local government, school district, community college district, or other local taxing body shall incur liability as a result of its compliance with this Section, except for willful or wanton misconduct.
(d) The requirements of subsection (a) of this Section do not supersede the confidentiality provisions of the severance agreement.
(e) Nothing in this Section shall limit disclosure of public records required to be disclosed under this Act or the Freedom of Information Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-1040, eff. 8-23-18.)
50 ILCS 205/4
(50 ILCS 205/4)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.104)
(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this Section, all public records made or received by, or under the
authority of, or coming into the custody, control or possession of any
officer or agency shall not be mutilated, destroyed, transferred,
removed or otherwise damaged or disposed of, in whole or in part, except
as provided by law. Any person who knowingly, without lawful authority and with the intent to defraud any party, public officer, or entity, alters, destroys, defaces, removes, or conceals any public record commits a Class 4 felony.
Court records filed with the clerks of the Circuit Court shall be
destroyed in accordance with the Supreme
Court's General Administrative Order on Recordkeeping in the Circuit
Courts. The clerks of the Circuit Courts shall notify the Supreme Court,
in writing, specifying case records or other documents which they intend to
destroy. The Supreme Court shall review the schedule of items to be destroyed
and notify the appropriate Local Records Commission of the Court's intent to
destroy such records. The Local Records Commission, within 90 days after
receipt of the Supreme Court's notice, may undertake to photograph,
microphotograph, or digitize electronically any or all such records and
documents, or, in the
alternative, may transport such original records to the State Archives
or other storage location under its supervision.
The Archivist may accept for deposit in the State Archives or
regional depositories official papers, drawings, maps, writings and
records of every description of counties, municipal corporations,
political subdivisions and courts of this State, when such materials are
deemed by the Archivist to have sufficient historical or other value to
warrant their continued preservation by the State of Illinois.
The officer or clerk depositing such records may, upon request,
obtain from the Archivist, without charge, a certified copy or
reproduction of any specific record, paper or document when such record,
paper or document is required for public use.
(b) Upon request from a chief of police, county sheriff, or State's Attorney, if a person has been arrested for a criminal offense and an investigation reveals that the person arrested was not in fact the individual the arresting officer believed him or her to be, the law enforcement agency whose officers made the arrest shall delete or retract the arrest records of that person whom the investigation revealed as not the individual the arresting officer believed him or her to be. In this subsection (b):
"Arrest records" are as described in Section 3b of
"Law enforcement agency" means an agency of a unit of
local government which is vested by law or ordinance with the duty to maintain public order and to enforce criminal laws or ordinances.
(Source: P.A. 98-1063, eff. 1-1-15; 99-363, eff. 1-1-16
50 ILCS 205/5
(50 ILCS 205/5)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.105)
The Archivist shall be local records advisor and shall appoint such
assistants as necessary to assist local governments in carrying out the
purposes of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3503.)
50 ILCS 205/6
(50 ILCS 205/6)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.106)
For those agencies comprising counties of 3,000,000 or more
inhabitants or located in or coterminous with any such county or a
majority of whose inhabitants reside in any such county, this Act shall be
administered by a Local Records Commission consisting of the president of
the county board of the county wherein the records are kept, the mayor of
the most populous city in such county, the State's attorney of such county,
the County comptroller, the State archivist, and the Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The
president of the county board shall be the chairman of the Commission.
For all other agencies, this Act shall be administered by a Local
Records Commission consisting of a chairman of a county board, who shall be
chairman of the Commission, a mayor or president of a city, village or
incorporated town, a county auditor, and a State's attorney, all of whom
shall be appointed by the Governor, the State archivist, and the Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
A member of either Commission may designate a substitute.
Either Commission may employ such technical, professional and clerical
assistants as are necessary.
Either Commission shall meet upon call of its chairman.
(Source: P.A. 102-985, eff. 1-1-23
50 ILCS 205/7
(50 ILCS 205/7)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.107)
Except as otherwise provided by law, no
public record shall be
disposed of by any officer or agency unless the written approval of the
appropriate Local Records Commission is first obtained.
The Commission shall issue regulations which shall be binding on all
such officers. Such regulations shall establish procedures for compiling
and submitting to the Commission lists and schedules of public records
proposed for disposal; procedures for the physical destruction or other
disposition of such public records; procedures for the management and preservation of electronically generated and maintained records; and standards for the reproduction of
such public records by photography, microphotographic processes,
or digitized electronic format.
standards shall relate to the quality of the film to be used, preparation
of the public records for filming or electronic conversion, proper
identification matter on such
records so that an individual document or series of documents can be
located on the film or digitized electronic form with reasonable facility,
and that the copies contain
all significant record detail, to the end that the copies will be adequate.
Any public record may be reproduced in a microfilm or digitized
electronic format. The agency may dispose of the original of any
providing: (i) the reproduction process forms a durable medium that accurately
and legibly reproduces the original record in
all details, that does not permit additions, deletions, or changes
original document images, and, if electronic, that
retained in a trustworthy manner so that the records, and the information
contained in the
records, are accessible and usable for subsequent reference at all times while
information must be retained,
(ii) the reproduction is retained for the prescribed
retention period, and (iii) the Commission is notified when the original
record is disposed of and also when the reproduced record is
Such regulations shall also provide that the State archivist may retain
any records which the Commission has authorized to be destroyed, where they
have a historical value, and that the State archivist may deposit them in
the State Archives, State Historical Library, or a
university library, or with a historical society,
museum, or library.
(Source: P.A. 99-147, eff. 1-1-16
50 ILCS 205/8
(50 ILCS 205/8)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.108)
Any such reproduction shall be deemed to be an original public
record for all purposes including introduction in evidence in all courts or
before administrative agencies. A transcript, exemplification or certified
copy of such reproduction shall, for all purposes recited herein, be deemed
to be a transcript, exemplification, or certified copy of the original
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3503.)
50 ILCS 205/9
(50 ILCS 205/9)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.109)
Nonrecord materials or materials not included within the definition
of records as contained in this Act may be destroyed at any time by the
agency in possession of such materials without the prior approval of the
Commission. The Commission may formulate advisory procedures and
interpretations to guide in the disposition of nonrecord materials.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3503.)
50 ILCS 205/10
(50 ILCS 205/10)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.110)
The head of each agency shall submit to the appropriate
Commission, in accordance with the regulations of the Commission, lists or
schedules of public records in his custody that are not needed in the
transaction of current business and that do not have sufficient
administrative, legal or fiscal value to warrant their further
preservation. The head of each agency shall also submit lists or schedules
proposing the length of time each records series warrants retention for
administrative, legal or fiscal purposes after it has been received by the
agency. The Commission shall determine what public records have no
administrative, legal, research or historical value and should be destroyed
or otherwise disposed of and shall authorize destruction or other disposal
thereof. No public record shall be destroyed or otherwise disposed of by
any Local Records Commission on its own initiative, nor contrary to law.
This Section shall not apply to court records as governed by Section 4 of
(Source: P.A. 85-1278.)
50 ILCS 205/11
(50 ILCS 205/11)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.111)
Both Commissions with the assistance of the Secretary of State and
State Archivist, shall establish a system for the protection and
preservation of essential local records necessary for the continuity of
governmental functions in the event of emergency arising from enemy action
or natural disaster and for the reestablishment of local government
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3503.)
50 ILCS 205/12
(50 ILCS 205/12)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.112)
Both Commissions shall with the assistance of the Secretary of
State and State Archivist determine what records are essential for
emergency government operation through consultation with all branches of
government, state agencies, and with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, to
determine what records are essential for post-emergency government
operation and provide for their protection and preservation and provide for
the security storage or relocation of essential local records in the event
of an emergency arising from enemy attack or natural disaster.
(Source: P.A. 99-147, eff. 1-1-16
50 ILCS 205/13
(50 ILCS 205/13)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.113)
In any case where public records have been reproduced by
photography, microphotography or other reproductions on film, in accordance
with the provisions of this Act, any person or organization shall be
supplied with copies of such photographs, microphotographs, or other
reproductions on film upon payment of the required fee to the officer
having custody thereof. The fee required to be paid shall be the actual
cost of such copies, plus a service charge of 15% of such cost.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3503.)
50 ILCS 205/14
(50 ILCS 205/14)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.114)
Part 5 of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code is subject to
the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-893, eff. 7-1-01.)
50 ILCS 205/14a
(50 ILCS 205/14a)
Procedures for the disposal of election records.
The provisions of the Election Code do not supersede the provisions of this Act with regard to procedures for the disposal of election records. Local election authorities must comply with the provisions of this Act when destroying or disposing of public records.
(Source: P.A. 96-475, eff. 8-14-09.)
50 ILCS 205/15
(50 ILCS 205/15)
(from Ch. 116, par. 43.115)
Beginning July 1, 1984, the provisions of Section 3a of
this Act, as it relates to inspection of records, shall apply only as to
records and reports prepared or received prior to this date. Records and reports
prepared or received on or after July 1, 1984, shall be covered under
the provisions of "The Freedom of Information Act", approved by the 83rd
(Source: P.A. 83-1013.)
50 ILCS 205/20
(50 ILCS 205/20)
Internet posting requirements.
(a) A unit of local government or school district that serves a population of less than 1,000,000 that maintains an Internet website other than a social media website or social networking website shall, within 90 days of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, post to its website for the current calendar year a mechanism, such as a uniform single email address, for members of the public to electronically communicate with elected officials of that unit of local government or school district, unless such officials have an individual email address for that purpose.
(b) For the purposes of this Section "Internet website" shall not include any social media website, social networking website, or any other social media presence that a unit of local government or school district maintains.
(c) A hyperlink to the information required to be posted under this Section must be easily accessible from the unit of local government's or school district's home page.
(d) The postings required by this Section are in addition to any other posting requirements required by law or ordinance.
(e) No home rule unit may adopt posting requirements that are less restrictive than this Section. This Section is a limitation under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution on the concurrent exercise by home rule units of powers and functions exercised by the State.
(Source: P.A. 98-930, eff. 1-1-15
50 ILCS 205/25
(50 ILCS 205/25)
Police misconduct records.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, all public records and nonpublic records related to complaints, investigations, and adjudications of police misconduct shall be permanently retained and may not be destroyed.
(Source: P.A. 101-652, eff. 7-1-21