In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state law that provides citizens with access to public records. Each City department is a separate agency responsible for maintaining its own records, so requests should be submitted to the department that maintains the records you want.
All Freedom of Information requests submitted to City of Chicago departments must include the following information:
CDOT FOIA Information
If you are seeking records about CDOT or its projects or programs, your request must be in writing. Please be specific about the information you are seeking, and indicate exact locations and dates whenever possible. This includes information such as:
Red Light Camera Video Requests
24-hour streaming video from red-light cameras is available for review for 30 days. Video of red-light violations are available for review for a period of two years.
Submit a Department of Transportation FOIA requests:
Due to the current emergency, FOIAs should be sent by email to ensure that staff receive them in a timely manner.
Mail: 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60602
Please note that all FOIA requests are posted online. FOIA requests are public information, and when you submit a FOIA request, your name and information about the request will be made available on the City's website.