The Illinois Freedom of Information Act, or Illinois FOIA, is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of government bodies at all levels in Illinois. The law was first enacted in 1984. The latest law was enacted in August 2009, and will go into effect on January 1, 2010. The Illinois FOIA is based on an assertion in the statute that access to “full and complete information regarding the affairs of government” is “necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest.”

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Administration The Office of Administrative Services is headed by the County Administrator who oversees the activities and staff for the departments of Technology, Facilities Management, Planning, Building & Zoning and Animal Control. The department provides support and coordinates the budget process, special projects, construction projects, policy analysis, legislative activities, economic development, Revolving Loan Fund management, risk management, worker’s compensation, human resource/benefit support, labor negotiations, intergovernmental/media/citizen relations, liquor license issuance and Freedom of Information requests.
Assessor The Assessor’s Office supervised the township assessors in making uniform assessments to taxable real estate, serves as Clerk of the County Board of Review when in session and as Chairperson of the Farmland Assessment Review Committee.
Circuit Clerk Open government and keeping the public informed is something the Kendall County Circuit Court Clerk strives to support.  While we are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act, the official court records held by the Circuit Court Clerk are presumed to be open to any member of the public for inspection or to obtain copies at all times, during regular business hours of the Kendall County Courthouse, to the extent allowed by applicable statute, court rule or court order. [see Copley Press, Inc. v Administrative Office of the Courts, (1995), 271 Ill. App. 3d548, appeal denied, 163 Ill. 2d 551; also see Illinois Attorney General Opinion No. 99-005 (March 15, 1999)].  Be advised that Adoptions and Juvenile records are not open to the public and no information on these cases will be available.
Coroner The Coroner is elected by the residents of Kendall county for a term of four yars.  The coroner is tasked with determining the manner and cause of death for all deaths that occur within Kendall County.
County Clerk/Recorder This office files marriage licenses, birth & death certificates, tax extensions and business licenses. It also maintains the County Board minutes, ordinances and resolutions. It records all land transaction documents including liens, mortgages and deeds.
Forest Preserve Preserve and manage natural areas and open spaces,
Health Department The Health Department handles the following: Admissions/Service Coordination – Human Services Units; Communicable Disease Surveillance; Community Services Block Grant & Poverty Programs; DUI Services; Emergency Planning & Preparedness; Emergency Service Program; Food Protection Program; Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program; Illinois Tobacco Free Communities/Tobacco Cessation Programs; Immunizations – Child, Adult & Travel; Low Income Energy Assistance Program; Maternal Child Health Services; Mental Health Counseling – individual & group; Nuisance Complaint; Outreach Case Management; Parent Education; Paternity Testing; Potable Water Supply Program; Private Sewage Disposal Program; Psychiatric/Psychotropic medication monitoring; Psychological Testing; Radon Awareness; solid Waste Program; Substance Abuse Programs – adolescent & adult; Tanning Facilities Inspection Program; Tattoo & Body Piercing Facilities Inspection Program; Transitions (Senior & Caregiver Programs) Tuberculosis Program; WIC (Women, Infant & Children Supplemental Nutrition Program)
Highway Kendall County Highway Department maintains highways and bridges on the County Highway System, including roadways, drainage systems, signs, traffic signals and other highway-related appurtenances.
Juvenile Justice Council

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) provides the public with access to public records in the possession of public bodies in Illinois.  FOIA requires public bodies to respond or deny to FOIA requests within five business days. However, the time for a response can be extended for an additional five business days, as allowed under the law.  If you would like to make a request for public records to the Kendall County Juvenile Justice Council, please complete a FOIA Request Form and deliver to the Kendall County Juvenile Justice Council at the address provided on the FOIA Request Form.  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 a standard form, but the request should be in writing). 

KenCom KenCom provides 9-1-1 emergency dispatch services to the citizens and emergency service providers of Kendall County.
Planning, Building & Zoning The PBZ Office administers and enforces county codes and ordinances regulating construction of new buildings, subdivisions, flood plain management, stormwater management, soil erosion control and the development of land in general. PBZ also review plans, conducts inspections and issues permits for all new construction under the county’s jurisdiction, assigns addresses for all unincorporated properties, administers and maintains records concerning mobile home permits, administers land cash ordinances for school and Forest Preserve/Park donations and maintains files and data related to permits, zoning and subdivision petitions, hearings and general statistical information.
Public Defender The Public Defender Office gives legal representation to indigent and criminally chard adults and juveniles in the county and represents the abused and dependent minors of this county.
Sheriff’s Office The Sheriff is an elected official commissioned by the Governor of the State of Illinois. The three divisions of the Sheriff’s Office are: the Criminal Division, the Corrections Division and the Administrative Division.
State’s Attorney The State’s Attorney Office is commissioned by the Governor of the State of Illinois to provide comprehensive legal representation of Kendall County in all matters and adequately prepare to represent Kendall County in developmental and planning matters as are necessary.
Treasurer’s Office The County Treasurer receives and safely keeps the revenue and public monies of the county and pays out the same pursuant to law.
Veterans Assistance Commission The service officers in this department assist veterans in applying for Veterans benefits and medical transportation.

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