Every public body in Illinois is required to permit inspection of or provide copies of public records that are subject to disclosure under the State’s Freedom of Information Act. The Illinois Freedom of Information Act can be found on the Illinois Attorney General’s website. This website is a good source of information about the State’s Freedom of Information Act and how to submit public records requests.


What kind of records can I receive?

 The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) very broadly defines the information which you can be request from the City of Lincoln Police Department. It covers all public records, including electronic information. Some records may be exempt from disclosure and may be redacted or denied in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.


Some records are, however, not subject to release via the FOIA process. These types of records are described under 5 ILCS 140, Sections 2.15, 7, and 7.5. Some records may also be subject to provisions imposed by other state statutes. The FOIA process for disclosure of information does not supersede other applicable statutory and judicial mandates.


Crash Reports: The Lincoln Police Department does not store accident/crash information.  We use a commercial program, LexisNesis, that we submit the information to and they in turn handle requests for crash reports and submit the information to the State of Illinois. If you need an accident/crash report please direct your request to  Please note there is a charge for full reports, however the "Driver's Information Exchange" is free to those involved in the accident.  Please click the button at the upper right: "Full Report" to change to the "Driver's Information Exchange Report Search".


Sex Offender Registry: this can be found on the Illinois State Police Website


Submit a FOIA Request 

FOIA requested may be submitted by the following methods:


  • Email request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Fax to 217-732-4589, please have a cover sheet stating FOIA Request
  • Mail addressed to: Lincoln Police Department, Attn: FOIA Request, 710 5th Street, Lincoln, IL 62656
  • In-person deliver to: Lincoln Police Department, 710 5th Street, Lincoln, IL 62656


pdfLincoln Police Freedom of Information Act Form and Fee Schedule


FOIA Response Time Requirements

The Lincoln Police Department must respond to a FOIA request within 5 business days after the receipt of the request. Day 1 of the 5-day time line is the first business day after the request is received by the public body. The date that the request was received by the City does not count as "Day 1.". That time period may be extended for an additional 5 business days from the date of the original due date if:


  • The requested information is stored at a different location.
  • The request requires the collection of a substantial number of documents.
  • The request requires an extensive search.
  • The requested records have not been located and require additional effort to find.
  • The requested records need to be reviewed by staff who can determine whether they are exempt from FOIA.
  • The requested records cannot be produced without unduly burdening the public body or interfering with its operations.
  • The request requires the public body to consult with another public body who has substantial interest in the subject matter of the request.


If additional time is needed, the City must notify the requestor in writing within 5 business days after the receipt of the request of the statutory reasons for the extension and when the requested information will be produced.

For commercial requests, the Lincoln Police Department has 21 days to respond. A commercial request must be disclosed in the initial request for information.  


If the public body does not respond to your request within 5 business days after receiving it, then their inaction is considered a denial of your request. If that occurs, you can either file a Request for Review with the Attorney General's PAC or file a case in court. If you choose to file a Request for Review, the request must be sent to: Public Access Bureau
500 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62706
217.558.0486, Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on what the PAC will do with your request for review, please view the Guide to the Public Access Counselor.

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act can be found on the Illinois Attorney General’s website


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