The Freedom of Information Act and the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Banking - Bureau of Banks, Trust Companies and Savings Institutions
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140) is designed to ensure that the public has reasonable access to information about its State and local government. FOIA sets forth the procedure for public requests to inspect or receive copies of Bureau records. More information on FOIA is located on the website of the Illinois Attorney General. The Division has promulgated a FOIA Administrative Rule.
As part of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR), Division of Banking, the Bureau of Banks, Trust Companies and Savings Institutions (Bureau) is subject to the requirements of FOIA. It is the policy of the Bureau to comply with FOIA.
Availability of Bureau Records
The Bureau maintains a current list of the types or categories of records under its control that are available for inspection or copying.
Popular FOIA requests to the Bureau include requests for enforcement actions against state banks and the Regulatory Report of all applications received by or acted on by the Bureau. The actions include those involving state chartered banks, foreign banking offices, corporate fiduciaries, savings institutions, and foreign bank representative offices. Regulatory Reports are published monthly. If you would like to receive corporate activity notifications, you may sign up for this free service by emailing IL.Banks@illinois.gov.
FOIA exempts some Bureau records from disclosure. For example, FOIA Section 7(1)(a) exempts information prohibited from disclosure by law and Section 7(1)(t) exempts examination and other reports related to the supervision of financial institutions. Accordingly, pursuant to those sections, the Bureau will not disclose safety and soundness ratings, examination reports and work papers or other “confidential supervisory information,” as that term is defined by Section 48.3 of the Illinois Banking Act [205 ILCS 5/48.3] and Section 9012 of the Savings Bank Act [205 ILCS 205/9012].
How to Make a FOIA Request to the Bureau
Requests may be made by email or letter. You may, but are not required to, use the Bureau’s FOIA Request Form. Oral requests are not accepted. Emails should be addressed to IL.Banks@illinois.gov. Letters should be mailed or otherwise delivered to:
Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Division of Banking
Bureau of Banks, Trust Companies and Savings Institutions
100 West Randolph, 9th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Denial of a FOIA request
You have the right to have denial of a FOIA request reviewed by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General [5 ILCS 140/9.5(a)]. You may file your Request for Review in writing to:
Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 S. 2nd St.
Springfield, IL 62706
Fax: 217 782 1396
The Request for Review with the PAC must be filed within 60 calendar days of the date of this letter [5 ILCS 140/9.5(a)]. You must include a copy of your original FOIA request and this letter when filing your Request for Review with the PAC.
You also have the right to seek judicial review of denial or partial denial of your FOIA request by filing a lawsuit in the State circuit court [5 ILCS 140/11]
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