FOIA (Freedom Of Information)

CCAO Freedom of Information Department (312) 603- 5307

FOIA Officers

  • Mark Kos
  • Michael Beaver

The Freedom of Information Officer (FOIA Officer) receives requests submitted to the CCAO; ensures that requests are responded to in a timely fashion and issues responses under the Act. The FOIA Officer also develops lists of documents or categories of records maintained by the Operating Department(s).

Approximate # of CCAO Employees

The CCAO's total number of full and part-time employees is approximately 236.

Methods to Obtain Records

  • Via Mail or in Person:Requests for inspection or copies of public records must be made in writing and directed to the:
    • CCAO Freedom of Information Officer
    • 118 North Clark Street
    • Chicago, Illinois 60602
  • Via Email: foia@cookcountyassessor.com
  • Via Fax: (312) 603-3616

Fees and Costs

FOIA grants a public body the authority to charge fees pursuant to the provisions of the FOIA “except when a fee is otherwise fixed by statute…” 5 ILCS 140/6(b).

The Property Tax Code Section 14-30 allows the CCAO to charge a “…fee of 35 cents per page of legal size or smaller and $ 1 for each larger page…”

The Property Tax Code Section 9-20 allows a charging of a “…reasonable fee established by the custodian…” for property record cards.

Important FOIA Links

Important Documents Available to Download