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Information Request: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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The information you are seeking may likely already be accessible on this website and may not require you to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Please navigate this website using the tools on the homepage or Online Services page. If the property for which the records are sought is located in a municipality, please contact the municipality directly for obtaining the records. A list of municipalities and other agencies can be found here.

If you would like to submit a FOIA request, please carefully read the information below. Illinois law requires public bodies to comply with or deny a FOIA request within five business days, unless the time for response is extended for an additional five business days, as allowed under the law. A request for records to be used for a commercial purpose requires a public body to respond within 21 business days.

METHODS TO REQUEST INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RECORDS

Please complete the Online FOIA Request Form or you can download the form [PDF] and mail, fax, email, or hand-deliver directly to the department for which the records are being sought.

Please be specific in the nature of your request in order for FOIA Officers to process your request more efficiently. (Illinois law does not require you to submit on the FOIA Request Form, but the request should be in writing). *Electronic records can be requested and will be provided, as allowed under the law.

COPY FEES (Some fees are regulated by state statutes)

  • First 50 pages are free (black & white, letter or legal size)
  • 15 cents per page thereafter (black & white, letter or legal size)
  • Actual costs of copying for color copies

FOIA OFFICERS

Robert Ellsworth, Robin Gibbs

HOURS TO INSPECT/REVIEW RECORDS

8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Monday through Friday

ACCESS TO RECORDS

This office encourages the public to submit requests for information in writing, via e-mail (ema@co.mchenry.il.us), personal delivery, or U.S. mail.

RECORDS AVAILABILITY

Due to the nature of the information handled by this office, all requests must be reviewed by the FOIA Officers, with the exception of information available online.

RECORDS ON FILE

  • Hazardous materials incidents and storage locations (SARA Tier II reports). Incident records available via statewide database: IEMA Hazardous Materials Incident Reports
  • Administrative Files
  • Grants
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee Minutes (online web site)
  • Disaster Planning Committee Minutes (online web site)
  • Emergency Services Volunteer Minutes (online web site)

TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET

Complete County Budget available online.

FUNCTION

Emergency Management is responsible for developing a county-wide emergency preparedness plan to coordinate all resources in McHenry County for any foreseeable emergency or disaster-such as storms, air crashes, hazardous materials incidents, police emergencies, etc. Emergency Management provides coordination and acts as a liaison between local government, state and federal agencies during disasters & emergencies.

CONTACT

Phone: 815.338.6400 / Fax: 815.334.4634
Email: ema@co.mchenry.il.us

OFFICE HOURS

8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday

LOCATION

McHenry County Government Center
2200 N. Seminary Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098

MAILING ADDRESS

McHenry County Emergency Management Agency
2200 North Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, IL 60098

EMPLOYEES

McHenry County EMA Director and 3 full-time employees